The new department was separated from the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which now becomes the Department of Culture and Sport.
Under a decision issued earlier this month by Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the Department of Tourism will undertake activities related to state management on tourism, such as the assessment of applications for international travel business licenses and the evaluation of the rankings for accommodation establishments.
Ho Chi Minh City is one of the nation’s tourist hubs, accounting for 47% of the country’s tourism revenues.
In the first seven months of this year, the city greeted roughly 2.4 million foreign travellers, a year-on-year increase of 9.1%.
The department will work with relevant departments and sectors to draw models and measures to ensure social security and safety for tourists, and promote environmental protection efforts in the city’s tourist sites.