ICAT 2007: Accessible Tourism in Vietnam by Dinh The Lap
Accessible Tourism in
Mr. Dinh The Lap
The office of the National Coordinating
Committee on Disability of Vietnam (NCCD)
Tourism in Vietnam
Vietnam has huge potentials for tourism developmentdevelopment
UNESCO ––recognisedrecognisedworld natural world heritages: Ha Long Bay, PhongPhongNhaNha––KeKeBang Bang Cave..andCave..andtangible heritages as tangible Hue Ancient City, My Son Holy Land, Hoi An Town.. And intangible heritages as Hue Imperial Music, Gong ChiengChiengin in Central Highland…
There are also many natural and exciting sightsight-seeing spots such as SapaSapaTown, Ha Town, Long Bay, Cat BaBaIsland, Tam Dao, Island, DaDaLat, Lat, NhaNhaTrangTrangBay…Bay…
Tourism growth is increasing rapidlyincreasing rapidly
Situation of AT in Vietnam
Accessible Tourism is a pretty new concept in Vietnam. AT offers new opportunity for tourism industry reaching towards one of untapped markets, namely, persons with disabilities and older persons, and at the same time for communities creating more accessible environments and new employment opportunitiesopportunities..
AT in VietnamAT Vietnam
In order to facilitate
equality and full
integration of people
Vietnam has just
begun to build tourist
sites accessiblly accessiblly, but
, accessible tourism is
only new, not widely
disseminated due to
poor understanding of
accessible tourism tourism.
AT in Vietnam
Several public places like parks, streets, pavements, hotels, musiusmsmusiusms, sport , complex, tourist sites…are renovated accessibllyaccessiblly, ,
International airports, 4, 5 star hotels are built accessibly.
But the number of accessible places are not much available thru the country.
Coordination to develop AT in Vietnam
Development of accessible tourism need inter-ministerial
collaboration among Ministry of
Culture –– Sports and Tourism, Ministry of
Transport, Ministry of Construction, Ministry of
Information and Communications, relevant
agencies, civil societies and disabled persons.
Standard Code on Accsessible Construction
was promugated but its enforcement is still
Advocacy on disabilityAdvocacy disability-related issues, including accessible urismurismin mass media in such as television, radio, newspapers…has been frequently promoted by NCCD Vietnam.
Training on Accessibility Standard and Code for designers, managers of construction companies..socompanies..sothat accessible design is that included in constructions, including tourist sites.
Teaching cirruculumcirruculumon accessibility in on transportation and construction have been developed and applied in Universities of Transport and Architecture.
Advocacy for AT development in Vietnamdevelopment Vietnam
Ha Long Bay –– Located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes partLocated partof the western bank of Tonkin Gulf, of HalongHalongBay is one of the Bay most attractive tourist sites in Vietnam.In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different foIn forms rms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a vilook virgin. rgin. The area where many stone islands concentrate has spectacular scenes and worldscenes world--famous caves and is the center of HạHạLong Long Bay Natural Heritage, including Ha Long Bay and a part of BáiBáiTuTuLong Bay Long
Ha Long Bay
VViewed from above, iewed Hạ HạLong Bay Long looks like an extremely vivid huge drawing. This is a wonderful and skilful masterpiece of the Creation and
of nature that turns thousands of
dumb soulless stone islands into
fantastic sculptural and artistic
works of various graceful
shapes, both familiar and strange
to human beings.
Inside the stone islands are
nside various breath breath-taking caves,
such as Thiên Cung Cung, , Ðầu Gỗ Gỗ, ,
Sửng Sốt Sốt, Trinh , Nữ Nữ, Tam , Cung
and others. These are really
magnificent palaces of the
Creation on earth.
Ha Long Bay
HHạạLong Bay is also attached to glorious pages of Long Vietnamese history, with famous sites such as VânVânÐồnÐồn, a , bustling trade port in the 12th century, charming BàiBàiThThơơMountain, and not very far away from here is the Mountain, BạchBạchĐĐằngằngRiver which witnessed two famous naval battles of the River Viêt’sViêt’sancestors against invaders. Also, ancestors HạHạLong is one of the Long cradles of human kind with the glorious HạHạLong culture in the Long late Neolithic age, discovered at such archeological sites as ÐộngÐộngMangMang, , XíchXíchThổThổ, , SoiSoiNhụNhụand and ThoiThoiGiếngGiếng..
In order to promote the accessible tourism Vietnam, coordination among relevant Ministries and organizations is very crucial.Also, awareness on AT should also be promoted through campainscampainson mass media, learning experiences on and best practices in regional countries