16:09 | 15/08/2016 Entertainment
(VEN) - The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is calling the whole country to help the central region over tourism development difficulties due to environmental disaster caused by the Formosa Group. Untreated waste discharged directly from Formosa to the sea caused the mass death of fishes and a sharp decline in the number of visitors to beaches in central provinces.
To deal with this problem, the government and related ministries and agencies have directed the four central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue to overcome the environmental disaster caused by Formosa. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has set up a tourism impact assessment team to work with the four provinces and propose solutions to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will draw-up attractive package tours to beaches in the central region, while at the same time improving the quality of existing tours to central beaches and promoting the central region among foreign tourists. “The environment plays a key role in marine tourism development. The central region will attract tourists only when the marine environment is safe again. Travelling to these four provinces should be among ways to support local tourism development,” said Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan.
In addition, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism proposed a tourism development project for these four provinces, focusing on additional tours in the replacement of marine tours during the hard time. It also asked the provinces to revive marine tourism activities as soon as the marine environment becomes safe.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism also suggested marine sports events in the northern central region such as the 5th Asian Beach Games 2016 to be held in Da Nang at the end of this coming September to help the tourism industry recover. Until October it will organize a famtrip and a presstrip to the northern central region to evaluate the real situation. Meanwhile, the administration will promote regional non-marine tourism products such as tours to pagodas, caves and cultural and historical sites.
However, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these solutions, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism asked departments of culture, sports and tourism of the four provinces to launch tourism promotion campaigns via media and social networks, encourage hotels, restaurants, tourist shops and travel companies to offer better discounts to attract domestic tourists, devise tourism risk management plans and get ready to cope with challenges based on experience learnt from the previous risks.
Dead fishes drifted ashore along Ha Tinh Province’s coast in April 2016, especially the Vung Ang Economic Zone near Formosa’s plant. The same phenomenon was later seen in Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Thua Thien Hue provinces, really scaring local people and tourists and causing a sharp decline in the number of visitors to these provinces.