Vietnam has been selected as Asia's Leading Destination for the first time at the 2018 World Travel Awards (WTA).
The awards ceremony was organized at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong Hotel on Monday night, during which Vietnam was announced as Asia's Leading Destination based on vote results of travel experts from 140 countries and territories.
Statistics from Vietnam’s National Administration of Tourism showed that the number of visitors to the Southeast Asian nation topped 10.4 million in the first eight months of 2018, up 22.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
This year’s revenue from tourism has reached VND26.8 trillion (US$1.14 billion) so far, increasing 7.6 percent year-on-year.
At the event, Vietnamese tour operator Vietravel was named Asia’s Leading Tour Operator 2018 and Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator 2018 by the WTA for the sixth consecutive year.
Nguyen Quoc Ky, chairman and general director of Vietravel, said the award has encouraged the company to create breakthroughs and affirmd its leading position in the tourism sector.
Vietravel currently has more than 40 offices and branches nationwide as well as in such foreign countries as Cambodia, Thailand, and the U.S.
Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards, known as “the Oscar of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal, have been annually held to honor the best service providers in the fields of travel and tourism.
The awards are decided on by an international jury of hospitality experts, mainly form the World Travel and Tourism Council.