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Sector Overview

Tourism industry of Vietnam has been growing unprecedentedly over the past few years. According to Strategy on Vietnam’s tourism development approved by the Government, by 2020, tourism would have basically become a key economic sector, being able to compete with other countries in the region and the world and by 2030, Vietnam strives to become a nation with a developed tourism sector. The government’s support would be a key driving force for the continuing development of this industry.
Source: http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/strategies/strategiesdetails?categoryId=30&articleId=10051267


Career Opportunities

Tourism is a vast industry with various career paths which offers abundant opportunity for students seeking careers in a dynamic, international environment.
Followings are examples of graduate career in the sector:

  • Tourism management: mainly involves designing, organizing and planning domestic and international packages for holidaymakers.
  • Hotel/ restaurant management: responsible for day-to-day management of a hotel/ restaurant, setting and achieving strategic plan to maximize profit of the company.
  • Event organization: involves the production of events such as exhibition and fairs, seminar, conference, social events etc.
  • Marketing: involve in developing marketing campaign to promote a product or service, including tour marketing. It is a varied role that includes planning, advertising, public relations, event organisation, product development, distribution, sponsorship and research.

Source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/index.htm
 

Specialist Sources of Vacancies

http://www.hoteljob.vn/ - is the first Vietnamese’s professional recruiting website specialized for Tourism – Hospitality field

 

Key Employers

Tourist companies:
Hanoitourist - http://hanoitourist-travel.com/
Vietravel - www.vietravel.com
Saigontourist - www.saigon-tourist.com
Thienminh travel - http://english.thienminhtravel.com/
Benthanhtourist - www.benthanhtourist.com
Du lich A Chau - www.dulichachau.com

Top international hotel groups:
Accor - http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/asia/index.shtml
Hyatt - http://www.hyatt.com/
Marriott - http://www.marriott.com/hotel-search/vietnam.hotels/
Starwood –  http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/investor.html

Event and Marketing companies:
T&A Ogilvy - http://ta-ogilvy.vn/
Le Brothers - http://lebros.vn/
Densu - http://www.dentsu.com.vn/
Lowe - http://www.lowevietnam.com/
Biz tequilla - http://www.biztequila.com.vn/about-us-2/l
 

Advice

In general, career opportunity for this area is open to all graduates but relevant qualifications are becoming increasingly more in demand by employers. As previous relevant work experience is often desirable, students should find part-time, seasonal work or voluntary within the industry. Besides, A good working knowledge of foreign languages is usually required.

Source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/index.htm

Further information: http://vietnamtourism.gov.vn – the official website of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (Tổng cục du lịch) would be an useful information source with updated news and events of Vietnamese tourism industry.