Vietnam’s Danang city and China’s Guangdong province signed a memorandum of understanding on tourism cooperation on December 11, paving the way for tourism promotion in their localities.

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by Vice Chairman of the Danang City People’s Committee Nguyen Xuan Anh, Guangdong Provincial Vice Governor Zhao Yu Fang, and representatives from 67 tour operators of Guangdong and Danang.

At a joint workshop held in Danang the same day, both sides examined the potential and the possibility of increasing tourism cooperation and facilitating their tourism businesses’ operations.  

Recent friendship and cooperative relations between Vietnam and China have developed considerably in all fields, bringing financial and practical mutual benefits.

To attract more Chinese visitors to Danang, the city has conducted a number of promotional programs, including attending tourism trade fairs in Shanghai and Guangzhou, considering direct air routes between Danang-Guangzhou, publishing tourism literature in Chinese, inviting Chinese Famtrip to survey existing tourism products and developing tourism products for Chinese visitors.

The government has invested large sums of money in key tourism destinations such as Ba Na-Suoi Mo, Fantasy Park, Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountains) and Son Tra Peninsula to further increase numbers of foreign visitors..

The city expects to receive more than 3.1 million visitors in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 17.2%. China ranks first among the top ten countries with the highest number of visitors to the city.

Danang was listed among the top ten attractive destinations in Asia by Smart Travel Asia this year.