10:44 | 21/04/2016 Society
(VEN) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the Ha Giang Socioeconomic Development Plan for the coming 10-15 years. The plan suggests that tourism will become one of Ha Giang’s economic spearheads.
Bird’s-eye view of Ha Giang
The province expects tourism development based on local natural, geographical, historical and cultural advantages will contribute significantly to the provincial economic restructuring through improving local people’s living standards.
The northern province of Ha Giang boasts the Dong Van Stone Plateau Global Geo-park, Hoang Su Phi terraced fields and the Tam Giac Mach Flower Festival. Through intensive tourism promotion efforts at these destinations and festival last year, the provincial tourism sector welcomed more than 762,600 tourists, an 8.9 percent increase over the annual plan and a 17.3 percent increase over 2014. The sector also registered VND708 billion in tourism revenue, an 18 percent increase over 2014.
Based on last year’s achievements, the tourism sector will struggle more this year to implement new tasks to become one of the province’s key economic sectors. “However, there are a lot of difficulties with local tourism development, including underdeveloped tourism infrastructure and services,” said Director of the Ha Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Van Kien.
The tourism sector should develop a variety of community, discovery, cultural, historical, ecological and religious tourism products, with a focus on the Dong Van Stone Plateau Global Geo-park, Tay Con Linh Mount, Hoang Su Phi terraced fields, Xin Man Angel Waterfall and Wind Pass, and Bac Me Reservoir, according to Hoang Van Kien.
Tourism promotion over the recent years that has yielded in positive results should be continued in the coming time on a larger scale. For example, Ha Giang should further improve tourism development links with other northwestern provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Hoa Binh, Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Phu Tho, and host new and original tourism events such as the Mong Flute Festival and the Ethnic Cultural Heritage Tourism Week.
Director of the Ha Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Van Kien said, “The department will continue to promote local tourism development via issuing incentives, implementing the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Program and calling for private investment into tourism development.