Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc gave several strategic suggestions at the Vietnam Tourism Human Resources Forum 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City on April 12, as part of the city’s tourism festival.
The biennial event ran under the theme “Training Vietnam’s human resources in tourism to develop it as a key economic sector”, attracting over 300 delegates from ministries, agencies, domestic and foreign tourism training establishments, and travel agencies.
Speaking at the event, PM Phuc said training and career development policies and incentives will be decisive for talent and skilled workforce attraction, adding that improving the field’s business environment will be also crucial for the effort.
He said the Party and State consider institutions, human resources, and infrastructure as the top three pillars for strategic breakthroughs.
According to him, the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index put Vietnam at 67th globally in 2017, up eight places from 2015; and 37th in human resource field and the labour market, up 18 spots.
The leader expressed his belief that with 100 million Vietnamese people at home and abroad, Vietnam’s workforce does not lack in terms of quantity and quality.
He suggested that each firm devise a sound governance policy and attract skilled workers from other fields to the tourism industry. Universities and training establishments must update their curricula to international standards.
Discussions at the event focused on training to meet corporate demand for tourism workforce, effective technological application in tourism workforce training, and policy planning for tourism human resources development.
Vietnam is home to 346 tourism training establishments at all levels, 63 of which are in Ho Chi Minh City including 24 universities, 20 colleges, and 19 vocational schools.