Bến Tre outlines plan to promote tourism investment

The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bến Tre, which has a 65-km long coastline, plans to seek more investment in the tourism sector, particularly for three of its islets. Tourists take a horse carriage ride in Bến Tre Province The three islets, where fruit trees of high economic value are grown, have hundreds of historical and cultural sites suited to tourism development. Last year, Bến Tre welcomed about 1.2 million tourists, an increase of 12 per cent compared to 2016. Of the figure, about 43 per cent were international tourists. Total revenue from tourism reached more than VNĐ1 trillion (US$44 million). In recent years, the province has promoted ecotourism, cultural tourism, heritage sites, and special destinations. Tourism attractions include fruit gardens, rowboats, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Đờn Ca Tài Tử (southern folk music). Phan Văn Thông, director of Phụng Islet Tourism-Service-Trading Co, said the company annually receives more than 500,000 tourists, with 20 per cent of them foreigners. “My company will continue to upgrade environmental sanitation, train tour guides, and improve service quality,” he said. Lê Ngọc Long, chairman of the Việt Nam-Japan Advisory Council, said: “Japanese are interested in Việt Nam’s ecotourism with riverside gardens. Bến Tre has a lot of potential to exploit this great resource.” “In the near future when the Việt Nam-Japan commodity trading floor is established, we will introduce Bến Tre’s tourism products to the Japanese,” he said. Challenges Trần Duy Phương, deputy director of the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said… [Read full story]

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