10:52 | 07/04/2015 Entertainment
(VEN) - Tourists rarely frequented the Mekong Delta before 2010, with only a few million recorded in a year. However, more than 22.4 million tourists visited the Mekong Delta last year, an 8.3 percent increase over the previous year, including more than 1.83 million international tourists, a 10.2 percent increase. Related tourism revenue also increased 23.7 percent, reaching VND6.36 trillion.
The Mekong Delta expects to welcome about 2.7 million international tourists this year
The Mekong Delta has become increasingly attractive to tourists thanks to specific and perse local culture and customs. “The Lunar New Year tours often attract a lot of foreign visitors, overseas Vietnamese and northern Vietnamese. These tours only last for one day or a half-day such as tours to flower villages in the west,” said Saigontourist Marketing Manager Doan Thi Thanh Tra.
In an effort to boost regional tourism, provinces and cities in Mekong Delta have conducted joint researches to pick out 16 outstanding tourist destinations in the Mekong Delta, including seven new destinations: Hung Vuong Square, Cong Tu Bac Lieu’s mansion, Nha Mat tourist spot, Tram Chim National Park, Nguyen Sinh Sac heritage site, Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery and Cai Rang floating market.
To increase regional tourism service quality and revenue for the year, the Mekong Delta Tourism Association has planned to cooperate with local provinces and cities to further boost regional tourism with a focus on tourism promotion and training activities as well as offering more specific tours to eastern provinces like Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long and Tra Vinh.
Nearly 90 percent of visitors to the Mekong Delta visit its rivers, orchards, flower gardens and cultural and historical heritage sites in Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Kien Giang and Can Tho. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism predicted that the Mekong Delta would welcome about 2.7 million international tourists and 5.2 million domestic tourists this year and about 3.9 million international tourists and 6.5 million domestic tourists by 2020.
The fourth Coconut Festival was scheduled to take place in Ben Tre from April 7-13 and themed “Vietnam’s Coconut Trees - Integration and Development”. This coconut sales promotion event will also boost local tourism and create business links. Within the framework of the festival, many activities will be held including an opening ceremony, coconut festive days, fairs, a culture-art-tourism week, coconut product contests, a river tour and tourism workshops.
Can Tho will host a Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week from April 26 to May 2, 2015, coordinated by the Southwest Region Steering Committee, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Can Tho’s authorities. The event will also attract participants from provinces and cities across the country as well as from several Greater Mekong Subregion countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.
Mekong Delta tours have been set up or renewed based on local specific historical, cultural and ecological characteristics, with a focus on the development or addition and of new destinations or services, in order to satisfy tourists.
According to the Mekong Delta Tourism Association, travel companies in Mekong Delta regional provinces and cities should further improve links with their partners in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Lam Dong to develop high quality joint tourism products. In addition to improving tourism services at current destinations, travel companies in Mekong Delta regional provinces and cities should deploy homestay models in ecotourism zones.
By Do Ngoc