Industry Perspective: Vietnam Confronts Dual Forces in Tourism Development: Sustainable Initiatives Versus Megaproject Investments

Authors

  • Gary Bowerman Check-in Asia

Abstract

This article assesses the challenges of creating and delivering small-scale sustainable tourism initiatives while private investors fund expansive tourism service megaprojects. These challenges are highlighted in Vietnam, where the government is eager to reinvigorate its travel industry after a two-year pandemic shutdown of international travel. The nation’s transport and tourism infrastructure deficit was evident before COVID-19. Domestic and international investment flows will be forthcoming as Vietnam strives to expand all three pillars of its travel sector: domestic, inbound and outbound. A proliferation of tourism megaprojects will raise tough questions about the compatibility of large-scale tourism sector growth with achieving vital greenhouse gas reduction targets and preserving Vietnam’s diverse natural environment.

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Published

2022-05-05

How to Cite

Bowerman, G. (2022) “Industry Perspective: Vietnam Confronts Dual Forces in Tourism Development: Sustainable Initiatives Versus Megaproject Investments”, e-Review of Tourism Research, 18(6), pp. 887–896. Available at: https://ertr-ojs-tamu.tdl.org/ertr/index.php/ertr/article/view/828 (Accessed: 25May2022).