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14 Jun 2017

Vietnam president to visit Belarus soon

MINSK, 14 June (BelTA) – Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang will come to Belarus on an official visit soon, BelTA learned from Ambassador of Vietnam to Belarus Le Anh during the presentation of Vietnam’s travel opportunities in the 2017-2018 autumn-winter season on 14 June, BelTA has learned.

The diplomat reminded that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited Vietnam in 2015. “A plan of joint action in the sphere of sport and tourism for the next three years was coordinated and a package of documents was signed. A reciprocal official visit of the Vietnam president to Minsk is supposed to take place soon. Several agreements will be signed during the visit. All of it indicates that friendship and cooperation between our countries grows stronger and advances,” stressed Le Anh.

The presentation was arranged in view of the forthcoming visit and for the sake of getting Belarusians familiar with opportunities for visiting Vietnam. “With its favorable geographic, climatic, and natural conditions, Vietnam has a considerable and versatile potential for tourism development. There are many national parks in Vietnam as well as areas on the UNESCO list of biosphere reserves in addition to a huge number of tourism zones with multiple international-class resorts,” continued the diplomat. “Thanks to the large number of large and small islands, sandy beaches and clean sea water Vietnam has a great potential for sea tourism development. All the necessary conditions are present for combining tourism in sea and island areas with cultural and educational tourism. Tourism infrastructure is rather rapidly developing in coastal areas, allowing creating a new image of Vietnam’s tourism industry.”

The ambassador reminded that Belarusians can visit Vietnam without visas for up to 15 days as of 1 July 2015. Thanks to this measure the number of tourists visiting Vietnam increased by 65% in comparison with 2014. About 6,000 tourists visited Vietnam every year in 2015-2016, said Le Anh.

Marina Mastashova, a consultant at the Tourism Department of the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry, noted that the dialogue between Belarusian and Vietnamese travel agencies has been invigorated recently. Interest of Belarusian travel agencies in the Vietnamese market is now more pronounced.

Mikhail Vinogradov, chairman of the Belarus-Vietnam friendship society, also made a speech during the presentation. In his time he took part in the fight for Vietnam’s independence and talked about that complicated period of the country’s history. Mikhail Vinogradov pointed out that Vietnam is developing very rapidly. The Vietnamese side remembers the contribution of Belarusian war veterans to the fight for independence and invites them to come to visit all the time. Each delegation is welcomed by the president of Vietnam. Thus, Belarusian veterans can get familiar with how far the country has developed.

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