17:55 | 16/09/2015 Society
(VEN) - A workshop on responsible tourism management was organized in Ha Long in Quang Ninh Province as part of the EU-ESRT project.
The Application of Knowledge and Skills of Responsible Tourism Management in Vietnam workshop
Participants in the workshop were briefed about responsible tourism management training program being deployed at universities and listened to the presentations related to responsible management of tourism business, marketing, the environment and natural resources and quality services.
Nguyen Thu Hang from the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam stressed the importance of cooperation between the Vietnamese Government and the European Union over more than 12 years of actively supporting the domestic tourism sector with more than EUR20 million invested in tourism training activities in order to improve tourism service quality and capacity while consolidating the domestic tourism sector in terms of environmentally and socially responsible development.
As one of the participants in a short-term training course on responsible tourism management in Malaysia in 2014, Nguyen Thanh Tam from the Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the course was really a good opportunity for state tourism management staff to improve their knowledge and skills of responsible tourism management. He said “After finishing the course, I managed to apply what I had learnt from the homestay model in Banghuris, Malaysia, to the preparation of the project for homestay development in the vegetable village of Ngoc Lang, Binh Ngoc Commune, the city of Tuy Hoa, which was quickly approved by the Phu Yen Province People’s Committee and put into implementation.”
On June 5, 2015, the Phu Yen Province People’s Committee issued Decision 971/QD-UBND to approve homestay development in Ngoc Lang Village. Local farmers are now busy rotating vegetable and flowers all the year round to meet tourist demands while they come to visit the village. In addition to farming vegetable and flowers, Ngoc Lang is also noted for some traditional crafts.
Currently, Tuy Hoa’s tourism sector has several tours to Ngoc Lang including Vegetable Farmer for One Day and Homestay in Ngoc Lang Village that have attracted many tourists to the village to experience the local atmosphere and buy some local products such as vegetables and flowers.
According to experts, the knowledge and skills of responsible tourism management, which state tourism management staff have acquired from related courses, would better help them plan and develop tourism promotion programs in an environmentally-friendly manner, while more effectively implementing responsible tourism development policies.