17:19 | 20/06/2016 Society
(VEN) - The Mekong Delta Tourism Association and the Hanoi Tourism Association signed a sustainable tourism development cooperation agreement at a conference to promote investment, trade and tourism links between provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta and the north.
Orchard and river tours are most attractive to tourists
According to a Hanoi People’s Committee report, the capital and several Mekong Delta provinces like Tien Giang, An Giang and Can Tho signed important tourism development agreements during the 2011-2015 period, paving the way for interprovincial human resource training and tourism promotion.
Thanks to these agreements, the Mekong Delta has achieved an annual average 11 percent increase over the past decade. Last year alone, it welcomed more than 1.8 million international visitors and more than 18 million domestic tourists, while earning more than VND8.6 trillion. Tien Giang, Ben Tre and Can Tho were rated the most attractive to foreign visitors, while An Giang was the most attractive province to domestic tourists.
According to Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu, the Mekong Delta has huge potential for tourism development based on its strengths in rivers, gardens, floating markets and perse cultural characteristics. The region aims to boost tourism sustainably on the exploitation of ecotours, cultural and religious tours, craft village and island tours.
Tourists may tour to orchards located in Vinh Long, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Cai Be Floating Market in Tien Giang, Cai Rang Floating Market and Ninh Kieu Quay in Can Tho, Doi and Dat Set pagodas, saltwater melaleuca forests in Dong Thap and Ca Mau, Dong Thap Muoi, U Minh Thuong and U Minh Ha national parks, Ca Mau Cape, Phu Quoc, Hon Khoai, Hon Tre and Hon Trem islands, and participate in traditional festivals and sport events including Via Ba Chua Su Nui Sam, Bay Nui bull race, Ooc Om Boc, Khmer people’s boat race and Don Ca Tai Tu - a specialty of the region.
Improved tourism development links have played an important role in the regional tourism development strategy. However, these links should be further promoted by all sides to achieve more positive results in the coming time in terms of policy, planning, investment attraction and promotion, product, market, human resource development and environmental protection, Ha Van Sieu said.
The Hanoi-Mekong Delta Tourism Development Agreement focuses on tourism promotion across related provinces and cities including piloting new tours.