HCMC enriches its tourist offerings

10:53 | 22/03/2017 Travel

(VEN) - Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) will focus on diversifying and developing unique tourist offerings to reach its target of attracting six million foreign visitors and 25 million domestic visitors this year, earning total revenues of VND116 trillion.

Can Gio District has significant potential to develop sea-related tours

Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, said that in 2017, the city will be developing tourism as a spearhead industry on a sustainable basis, making full use of the local potential and improving its image as an attractive, friendly and safe destination.

Included in the city’s development plans are tours along and to the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal, Tau Hu Canal, Ben Nghe River and the Can Gio biosphere reserve; the rice paper production village in Cu Chi District; and the shoe-making village in District 4. The city will also be developing a night market in central District 1 and turning the wholesale markets of Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon into attractive shopping centers for tourists. Also in the pipeline are eco-tours, agriculture-based tours and relaxation tours to the city’s suburban districts of Nha Be, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon and District 9.

According to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism Deputy Director La Quoc Khanh, with the Saigon and Dong Nai rivers and surrounding canals, Ho Chi Minh City has a rich potential to develop waterway tours. The Trung Thuy Group is offering tourist ferry services on the Ben Nghe River, while three other businesses are applying for a license to develop cafe boats.

The city has a plan to open a pedestrian zone on Pham Ngu Lao, Do Quang Dau and Bui Vien streets in District 1. It is considering construction of a nighttime shopping center dedicated to promotion of Vietnamese brands at the Bach Dang Wharf, and a nighttime Saigon Market at the Van Don landing station in District 4. Also on the drawing board are plans for the development of sports, beauty care and relaxation tours.

Can Gio District has tremendous potential to develop unique tourist offerings, said Can Gio District People’s Committee Chairman Le Minh Dung. The suburban district is expected to welcome 1.25 million visitors, earning revenues of VND500 billion in 2017. Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said with more than 10 kilometers of coastline and over 34 square kilometers of beach, in addition to saltmarsh forests, Can Gio will become an attractive marine tourist center.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, since early this year, the city has attracted more than 500,000 visitors, 70,000 more than the same time in 2016. Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Deputy Chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen has asked local authorities to consider tourism a key industry, with socioeconomic development potential for local residents and businesses, and suggest initiatives to create and develop unique tourist offerings.

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