Spotlight on Vietnam
The tourism sector is an important factor for the growth of the country both economically and socially because it provides opportunities for households to escape poverty. Alleviating poverty not only happens to be one of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals, it is also a fundamental motive for YCI’s work.
According to the Vietnamese Government, tourism has accounted for 10% of the country’s GDP and has provided 1.8 million jobs for people directly employed in the industry. However, recent government statistics from early 2012 illustrate that those aged 15 to 24 account for more than half of the country’s unemployment, specifically young women who face more difficulty finding work than their male counterparts.