11:23 | 20/07/2016 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - Ha Tinh is bordered to the north by Nghe An, to the south by Quang Binh, to the west by Laos and to the east by the East Sea. This north central province has potential for sea tourism development.
Ha Tinh increasingly attracts tourists
Tourists to Ha Tinh cannot help but visit Nguyen Du Memorial Park, Thach Hai, Thien Cam, Cam Xuyen, Xuan Thanh and Ky Ninh beaches, Quynh Vien Resort or Huong Son District to get a panoramic view of the local forest, Huong Tich Pagoda and Ke Go Lake.
The province boasts a varied environment, culture and traditions to develop into one of the country’s attractive destinations, especially in terms of sea tourism.
The province’s tourism sector has struggled to become a spearhead in local socioeconomic development plan as Ha Tinh was recognized as one of key destinations in the national tourism development strategy.
According to the Ha Tinh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, there are 200 tourism accommodations with 5,000 rooms, three tourist stops across the province. 2006 saw 186,340 tourists to Ha Tinh, 2013 saw 1,093,759 tourists and last year saw more than 1.5 million tourists including 22,950 foreign visitors.
Promoting international tourism cooperation
Ha Tinh has focused on tourism development along the East-West Economic corridor, promoting tourism cooperation with Lao and Thai travel companies to exchange tourists through the Cau Treo International Border Gate.
According to Deputy Director of the Ha Tinh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Tran Sang, Ha Tinh and Laotian province of Khammouan and Thai province of Nakhon Phanom signed an agreement on piloting mutual tourism exchanges, which is regarded as a mutual tourism-based economic development opportunity.
The province is implementing large projects including an 18-hole golf course and a five-star hotel, calls for investment into Ke Go Lake, Cua Tho-Trai Tieu ecotourism zone and Dong Loc historical site, and research into local craft villages like Cam Xuyen, Huong Khe and Can Loc to conduct community tourism models, Le Tran Sang said.
At a recent national travel meeting in Huong Son, Le Tran Sang suggested the Vietnam Tourism Association focus more on regional tourism development cooperation incentives.
Ha Tinh’s tourism sector targets to become a local economic spearhead by 2020 through improved tourism infrastructure, products and brand names, based on the local area’s tourism development potential.