Sustainable Tourism in Vietnam: A Social-Ecological Analysis


  • Huong T. Bui Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
  • Chung Nguyen Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU)


Tourism has rapidly developed in Vietnam over the past three decades. Sustainable tourism has received increasing attention from researchers and practitioners. This study synthesizes literature outlining both social and ecological sustainability aspects in the utilization of natural and cultural resources for tourism development. Along with the ecological realm of governing marine and forest resources in tourism, the authors also discuss the social aspects of sustainability concerning cultural heritage conservation, community engagement, and visitor management. The analysis results in a call for a systemic approach to tourism development. 

Author Biographies

  • Huong T. Bui, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

    Huong T. Bui is a professor of tourism and hospitality at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Japan. Her research interest covers a broad range of topics regarding resilience, resource governance, and political economics.

  • Chung Nguyen, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU)

    Chung Nguyen is a senior lecturer at the University of Education, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU). His research focuses on environmental policies, methods for environmental education and interpretation, and sustainable management of natural resources.




How to Cite

“Sustainable Tourism in Vietnam: A Social-Ecological Analysis” (2022) e-Review of Tourism Research, 18(6), pp. 872–886. Available at: (Accessed: 21 May 2024).