In the morning of the 27th, October, Songhan Incubator, along with Vietnam Angel Network – iAngel Network, had successfully held the forum of Innovative Tourism Startup the first in the incubator center – SHi ZONE (566 Nui Thanh, Danang)

Tourism has always been identified as the pioneer sector in the upcoming time in Vietnam with the target of attracting 17 – 20 million foreign visitors and 82 million local tourists in 2020. Currently, Vietnam tourism market still has a number of potentials to harness and this is a great opportunity for the youth and startups in this sector, especially for those who can catch up with the technology trend to create unique and outstanding tourism products.  

Therefore, Songhan Incubator has the mission of spreading the entrepreneurs’ spirit, incubating entrepreneurs’ talents. Songhan Incubator is one of the top units in supporting startup entrepreneurs in tourism sector with the following main activities: Connecting startup ecosystem, consulting for startup ecosystem, startup investment, incubating, training and consulting for startups.   

As a great honor, this forum welcome distinguished guests such as

– Mr. Tran Chi Cuong – Vice director of Danang Tourism Department.

– Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen – Quang Nam Plan and Investment Department.

– Mr. Ly Dinh Quan – Director of Songhan Incubator – a member of iAngel.

–  Mrs. Mauds – Senior consulting expert from the Netherlands.  

– Representatives from a diversity of departments, units, corporations, the media, universities, colleges and incubators in Danang.

– Senior Experts of Innovative Startup.

All the guests and experts had brought about helpful and attractive information such as the overview of the development trend about innovative tourism startups to all the attendees including the youth and corporations. The forum also discussed the opportunities and challenges of Vietnam in general as well as Danang and the Central of Vietnam in particular on the tourism sector. The discussion also focused on legal issues, investment calling methods, experience and the process of finalizing tourism products from the past until now. All products and supplying services have to focus on the taste and the characteristics of the targeted market (the difference of the local tourists and foreign tourists, natural experience or urban experience, culture and spirit experience, etc.), innovate and find online solutions to meet the needs of the customers and the solutions for the connecting channels: foreign visitors with the local market, airline with customer agencies, destinations or restaurants and hotels.

Besides, in 2017, Vietnam Tourism Startup VTS Project – which targets innovative tourism project – was also launched with the center operated in Danang. The VTS Project 2018 is also launched with the objective of creating unique and outstanding projects in tourism startups with the application of innovation.

The forum also has the participation and sharing from the 3 successful representative startup teams, which are in the Accelerator Program of Songhan Incubator, from the Vietnam Tourism Startup 2017.

During the panel discussion, Mr. Ly Dinh Quan said: “The objectives of the VTS Projects is to attract and create more successful startups and contribute to the diversity of local tourism products to catch up with the current trend.”

Also in the Forum, Mr. Tran Chi Cuong – The Vice Director of Danang Tourism Department has committed to support and give necessary information for tourism startups with the hope of increase the successful rate of startups in not only the local but also the positive shift of the regional economy.