12:37 | 10/04/2018 Travel
Ho Chi Minh City is seeking to enhance connectivity with other localities nationwide to become more attractive to tourists.
Director of the municipal Tourism Department Bui Ta Hoang Vu said HCM City is a hotspot for many outstanding tourism products nationwide like MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), shopping-entertainment tourism and cultural-culinary tourism. It is a must-visit destination for tourists to Vietnam.
The city welcomed more than 1.3 million tourist arrivals in the first three months of 2018, he noted.
However, to develop tourism sustainably, cooperation is needed, he said, adding that inter-regional tourism connectivity does not reduce the strength and market share of each locality but increases their competitiveness and expands their market more easily, thus creating unique tourism products, lengthening tourists’ stay and boosting revenue.
HCM City is enhancing bilateral and multilateral connections with localities in Dong Thap Muoi sub-region, the east of the Mekong Delta and the northern, central and Central Highlands regions. It will also continue carrying out solutions to attract tourism investment, Vu added.
Trinh Hang, Director of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Department of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, said after years of tourism cooperation with HCM City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has become a familiar destination for tourists visiting HCM City. More than 85 percent of visitors to Vung Tau city come from HCM City.
Several travel companies, hotels, restaurants and resorts in HCM City have established branches in Vung Tau, helping to raise local tourism revenue.
Hang said his province will continue working with the nearby city to provide more tourism products and attract domestic and foreign visitors.
Addressing the forum, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem affirmed that the city’s tourism must be connected with other regions nationwide to develop sustainably. The local sector has inked cooperation agreements with 36 provinces and cities.
He said it will continue connecting local businesses, improve tourism manpower training and develop HCM City’s image as a safe, attractive and friendly destination for foreign visitors.