Mekong Delta Promotes Tourism Cooperation

Over the years, the number of domestic and international visitors to the Mekong Delta has increased significantly. However, by tapping advantages of available tourism resources, the Mekong Delta is more likely to grow stronger.

With an area of nearly 40,000 km2, including 13 provinces and cities, the Mekong Delta receives alluvium of two rivers, the Tien and the Hau. Along with that, the system of canals and ditches has created a variety of ecosystems including estuarine ecosystems, wetlands, mangroves and islets with many biosphere reserves, national parks, nature reserves of high biodiversity, nourishing many kinds of rare animals and plants, such as in Mui Ca Mau National Park, U Minh National Park, Tram Chim National Park, and Phu Quoc National Park.

On the other hand, the Mekong Delta has many beautiful beaches with a total length of more than 700 km, along with many attractive islands such as Hon Chong, Mui Nai and Phu Quoc.

The statistics of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Dong Thap province show that in October, 2017, the whole province received 110,000 visitors, up 25 per cent over the same period last year, and the revenue of about VND40 billion, up 15 per cent against 2016. Since the beginning of the year, the locality has received more than 2.4 million visitors, up 33 per cent against 2016, earning VND450 billion.

Can Tho, which is the economic centre of the whole region, as of August 2017, welcomed 5.3 million visitors, up 43 per cent over the same period last year. Meanwhile, as of September, Phu Quoc Island district of Kien Giang province welcomed about 2.7 million visitors.

It can be seen that the Mekong Delta has obtained good results. However, it is still not commensurate with local potential. Moreover, the development of tourism among localities in the region is not on par. Two provinces of Tien Giang and Ben Tre make up 50 per cent of the total number of international tourists in the region. An Giang accounts for one third; Can Tho has only 17 per cent of domestic visitors, 23 per cent of international visitors, but it has nearly 50 per cent of total revenue from tourists in the region.

Mr Le Minh Hoan, Secretary of Dong Thap Provincial Party Committee, said that the province has provided resources to help tourism to take off. Recently, three provinces Dong Thap, Tien Giang and Long An have signed a cooperation agreement with Ho Chi Minh City to develop tourism together. Accordingly, the ” A trip to three destinations” tour takes the starting point from Ho Chi Minh City and passes through the remaining provinces by waterway and road.

With the slogan “Six localities- One destination”, localities in the Mekong Delta have cooperated in many ways to promote tourism development. In 2016, they joined hands to construct joint booths for major tourism events in the country.

In addition, the localities have jointly issued 10,000 general travel maps and 15,000 leaflets for tour introduction, routes and tourist spots. In addition, local authorities have coordinated information on the tourism website of each province. In the coming time, localities will actively produce videos to promote tourism to increase accessibility and impacts on visitors.

Thu Huyen

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