Rich potential for the development of wellness tourism in Vietnam
The Vietnam Wellness Tourism Online Workshop. Photo: TITC
Vietnam has a lot of potential to develop wellness tourism.
Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh, Quang Ninh Province.
This type of tourism is developing rapidly all over North America to Europe, Asia-Pacific and will see faster growth in the years to come.
Wellness tourism is a trend in global tourism, especially in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the impacts of environmental pollution. Vietnam preserves the rich natural resources conducive to the development of wellness tourism attracting tourists from all over the world.
On October 6, the Tourism Development Research Institute (under the Vietnam National Tourism Administration – VNAT) held an online workshop to discuss the potential, current status, problem identification and solutions to develop wellness tourism in Vietnam.
The workshop was chaired by the Vice-President of VNAT Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, attended by representatives of provincial tourism management departments, local tourism associations, the Association of Traditional Oriental Medicine, the Yoga Federation, travel experts and tourism companies.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong said “The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic and environmental pollution issues have caused people to pay more attention to healthcare and the type of wellness tourism. In times to come, the tourism trend will change significantly, especially with long-term tourist trips, which will no longer be mere sightseeing trips but rather a form of leisure tourism with a combination of improved healthcare. “.
According to many tourism experts, currently this type of tourism is developing rapidly all over North America to Europe, Asia-Pacific and will see faster growth in the years to come.
It must be said that Vietnam has a lot of potential to develop wellness tourism
Vietnam has rich and diverse natural mineral water resources that are valuable for medical treatment, nursing and healthcare. The geology sector has discovered about 400 hot mineral springs across the country, of which 287 springs have been studied, studied and analyzed and classified into 11 different types, which have both therapeutic and medicinal effects, exploited in bottled drinking water for human life. With 11 types of mineral waters discovered, Vietnam is the convergence of most of the great mineral waters known in the world. Vietnam’s mineral water is exploited to treat many different diseases. These hot mineral waters have become places of rest and recuperation favored by many tourists.
Vietnam has a coastline of 3,260 km with many beautiful beaches conducive to the development of resort tourism. In addition, the sea has 2,773 large and small islands. The coastal islands have beaches of fine sand, clear blue water, calm and peaceful, which are very suitable for leisure and medical tourism.
Vietnam has an extremely rich and diverse medicinal plant system with around 3,850 species of plants used as medicine. Currently, the Ministry of Health has granted registration numbers to more than 2,000 traditional medicine preparations produced by more than 450 traditional medicine and pharmacy establishments. Vietnam has a renowned traditional medicine training with a large team of traditional medicine doctors, 5 research institutes with traditional medicine and pharmacy departments, 46 provincial traditional medicine hospitals, 80% of large hospitals have a department or a traditional medicine group.
Moreover, in Vietnam, besides a rich system of historical relics, there are many pagodas, viharas and monasteries with attractive landscapes that can be exploited to develop tourism in general and develop types of tourism associated with Zen and Yoga in particular.
Currently, there are many hot springs in Vietnam which are invested to attract tourists such as: My Lam Hot Spring Tourist Site (in Tuyen Quang) invested by Vinpearl Group, Quang Hanh Hot Spring Resort (in Province of Quang Ninh) invested by SunGroup, or Thanh Thuy (in Phu Tho) operated by the YoKo group according to the Japanese Onsen model, etc. Some resorts offer mud baths, spa, sauna and cooling services such as V-resort (in Hoa Binh), Alba Thanh Tan (in Thua Thien shade), Hundred Eggs tourist area (in Khanh Hoa ), Saigon-Binh Chau spa resort (in Ba Ria – Vung Tau) …
In addition, travel agencies have started to offer meditation and yoga tourism products. According to tour operators, places where nature is still unspoiled, calm and where fresh air is suitable for visitors to practice yoga, meditate and enjoy stress-relieving spa treatments. These tours provide trainers to guide visitors.
During the workshop, delegates discussed the challenges, opportunities and solutions for developing wellness tourism in Vietnam. They also exchanged views on subjects such as workforce training, improving the quality of services, diversifying forms of wellness tourism, strengthening promotion in national and international markets. to attract tourists. The government must have policies and plans to develop wellness tourism. The tourism and health sectors must coordinate to provide advice to medical establishments as well as to tourism companies on the means and solutions to develop this type of tourism.
Concluding the workshop, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of the Tourism Development and Research Institute said: “the workshop clarified the criteria for identifying and distinguishing wellness tourism from other types of tourism, essential conditions for the development of wellness tourism in Vietnam; assess the difficulties, advantages, opportunities and challenges in developing wellness tourism in Vietnam.At the same time, it also gives appropriate initiatives and recommendations to develop wellness tourism in Vietnam to meet the requirements of Vietnam tourism development in the context of international competition and integration, in line with current trends “.