Vietnam, May 10 (CNA) Taiwan and Vietnam inked a memorandum of understanding Wednesday in Hanoi to promote tourism exchanges.
Huang Chih-peng, head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hanoi, and Bui Trong Van, director of the Vietnam Economic and Culture Office in Taipei, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries, during a travel event organized by the Taiwan Visitors Association.
The agreement is expected to strengthen cooperation in the media and tourism industries and boost exchanges between professionals from Taiwan and Vietnam, said Wayne Liu, deputy director-general of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.
Through human resource integration, the two countries could establish a sustainable and stable relationship, Liu said.
At the travel promotion event, the tourism bureau pitched the theme "Time for Taiwan." It said its aim is to attract visits to Taiwan by about 5 percent of the high-end consumers from Vietnam, which has a total population of 90 million.
In response to travel agencies' concerns about visa applications, Liu said there have been no rejections so far among tour groups from Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Vu Tien Loc, chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Taiwan is his country's most important trade and investment partner.
Taiwanese make up the fifth largest group of visitors to the Southeast Asian country, mainly because of the efforts of the tourism promotion bodies on both sides, Chen said.
Chen said he hopes the tourism agreement will help increase people-to-people contact between the two countries. He also hopes to see Taiwan travel agencies offering more assistance to their counterparts in Vietnam, and thus become a model for the tourism industry there, he said.
(By Tony Fang and Maia Huang)