Moc Chau to become national tourist destination

15:30 | 14/04/2015 Society

(VEN) - The Prime Ministerial decision to approve Moc Chau’s tourism development plan as a key destination in the northern mountainous area has been upheld as a driving force for Son La Province to grow over the coming years.

Moc Chau  to become  national tourist destination

Moc Chau is considered a natural wonderland by travelers

Opportunities to attract investment

According to the plan, Moc Chau is determined to welcome over 1.2 million tourists by 2020, and three million by 2030, with total tourism revenues of VND1.5 trillion by 2020 and VND6 trillion by 2030. Recognizing this potential, Son La is striving to attract investment in tourism infrastructure including hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, and resorts. In addition, it will call for investment in tourism development from different sectors, with the intention to boosting local socioeconomic development, thus contributing to provincial economic restructuring, and gradually making the tourism industry here a major economic engine within the province. Currently, Moc Chau is improving its tourism investment mechanisms and incentives along the same lines as methods applied in economic and export processing zones.

Mong people in Moc Chau

Son La has plans to build shopping centers and resorts, promote tourism infrastructure construction, and actively cooperate with national and international partners to attract more tourists to the province.

Many attractive incentives for tourism development

Unfortunately, the opportunities opening up here have been tempered somewhat by the sobering fact that Son La province has a low starting point relative to the national average in terms of its tourism development. As such, according to Chairman of Son La Province People’s Committee Cam Ngoc Minh, without decisive breakthroughs in the future, Son La will find it difficult to implement its planned objectives.

Moreover, a spontaneous or carelessly planned development of resorts, hotels, and amusement parks would disrupt the unspoiled landscape in Moc Chau, while poor management of its tourism infrastructure would lead to the degradation of natural resources and the environment in many sites of historic and cultural significance, not to mention the decline of biopersity in many natural areas.

Chairman of Son La Province People’s Committee Cam Ngoc Minh said, “In addition to the implementation of preferential policies and incentives, Son La has attached great importance to upgrading its technical infrastructure and preparing human resources to attract businesses, organizations, and inpiduals to come to invest in the province.”

The provincial tourism industry is also facing a shortage in human resources and a degraded transport infrastructure.

Son La is drafting solutions to remove difficulties incrementally and to achieve its set objectives. For example, it will accelerate local investment promotion, with a focus on mechanisms and policies to attract investment in tourism. Also, local human resources and tourism products will gradually be improved based on increased cooperation and links, while preferential policies and incentives will be applied at their maximum level, equal to that for investors in industrial parks and export processing zones.

By Hoa Quynh