Mekong Delta needs more tourism products to attract visitors: conference

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 09:14

The Mang Thit Contemporary Heritage Site in Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Vinh Long. The Delta regio has many potential to develop tourism. — Photo

Tourism companies and operators in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) provinces need to be more creative in offering new products and services Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, has said.

Speaking at a conference on promoting trade and tourism investment between HCM City and the delta province of Vinh Long, Sieu referred to the extremely rich tourism potential of the delta.

He pointed to the untapped tourism potential of places like the Mang Thit Contimporary Heritage Site with its extremely unique cultural value that could not be found anywhere else.

The site must be developed as a tourism symbol of Vinh Long Province, he said, adding there is also great potential for agriculture tourism in the region, and companies should create new tourism products around them.

Other participants agreed with him that tourism in the delta, Vinh Long in particular, could be further developed since the region is close to HCM City, a tourism hub of the country.

The co-operation between the city and delta provinces like Vinh Long is imporant to exploit the potential of the region, they added.

Lu Quang Ngoi, chairman of Vinh Long Province, said HCM City plays an important part in the socio-economic development strategy of the Southern Key Economic Zone and in fact the entire country as it is a huge consumer market and a gate connecting Viet Nam with regional and global markets.

So co-oepration with the city would provide momentum for delta provinces to develop, he added.

Phan Thi Thang, deputy chairwoman of the city People’s Committee, said co-operation between HCM City and delta provinces including Vinh Long would create conditions for investors to make market development plans and expand production.

In another development, industry businesses groups in Vinh Long and HCM City signed agreements to develop trade and tourism.

The province signed memorandums of understanding with investors totally worth VND5.5 trillion (US$250 million).

Viet Nam reopened to tourism after COVID-19 pandemic and quickly recovered, and is the fastest growing tourism market in the Asia Pacific now.

In the year to date, there have been 91 million domestic tourists. To put this in perspective, the comparable figure in 2019, before COVID-19 began, was 85 million.

There have also been 2.3 million foreign tourists. The country targets five million visitors for the full year. — VNS

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