The Mekong Delta tourism industry has made great strides, attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists. 2017 sales hit a record.
Impressive numbers early in 2018
According to the latest statistics of Dong Thap Provincial People’s Committee, in February of the year 2018, more than 700,000 tourists visited the city, increasing 60% over the same period in 2017. Total revenue from tourism this month reached about 96 billion, increasing 200% compared to the same period. Western tourism has recorded record growth.
The typical tourist areas of Dong Thap such as Tram Chim National Park, Sa Dec Village, Nguyen Sinh Sac Monument, Phuong Nam Cultural Tourism Area, Gao Giong Ecological Park, Thap Muoi… are the most attractive destinations. In the first two months of 2018, homestay destinations, experience tours, exploring, visiting orchards, … have really attracted visitors.
“Only in the occasion of Lunar New Year 2018, roses garden in Lai Vung welcome nearly 29,000 visitors, enjoy the red tangerine; The turnover brought in more than 9.2 billion. This is the unexpected result of local and new gardeners do tourism; “ Le Quang Bieu, Head of the Culture and Information Division of Lai Vung district, Dong Thap province said.
Not only Dong Thap but many western provinces have achieved impressive numbers in 2018. According to Mai Van Huynh, Vice Chairman of Kien Giang People’s Committee, “In the recent Tet holidays, Kien Giang’s tourist areas and destinations welcomed nearly 297,000 visitors, up nearly 23% over the same period last year, of which international visitors are over 13,130, up 28%, revenue reached more than 242 billion. In the first two months of 2018, Kien Giang welcomed more than 1 million visitors, of which more than 120,000 international visitors, total revenue reached 1.115 billion. The most impressive number ever. ”
In An Giang, the number of tourists also increased quite strongly. Only in the Sam Mountain Relic, from the 1st to 4th lunar welcome more than 200,000 people to worship Ba Chua Sam Mountain.
In Can Tho, according to Le Minh Son – Deputy Director of Department of Culture, Information and Tourism of Can Tho city, about 700,000 visitors to Can Tho play in the occasion of Lunar New Year 2018, up 10% over the same period, revenue of more than 76 billion. The most crowded tourist attractions of this city are Cai Rang Floating Market, My Khanh Resort, Truc Lam Phuong Nam Monastery, Con Son, Phong Dien ecotourism areas.
Western tourism continues to be promoted in the future
The figures recorded in the first two months of 2018 are a positive sign for tourism activities in the Mekong Delta. Meanwhile, provinces and cities in the region are also continuing to work out positive policies to promote more tourism growth in 2018.
Recently, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Can Tho city meeting and aiming to welcome more than 8 million visitors in the year with revenue of 3,500 billion. Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee, said: “Tourism of Can Tho province has recently developed in a new way. Therefore, the city needs to quickly invest more comprehensive in many aspects, … Review the key tourist areas, the accommodation system to improve the quality of service, to satisfy tourists … “ .
Le Dinh Minh Thy, director of Vietravel Can Tho, said that to attract more tourists to Tay Do, extend the time to stay, develop tourism in the West more, the diversification Tourism products and services are an important demand. In particular, the city should pay more attention to the development of nightlife activities.
Kien Giang is the leading tourism revenue in the Mekong Delta region (nearly 4,600 billion VND in 2017), but that is not the most satisfactory result. According to Pham Vu Hong, Chairman of Kien Giang People’s Committee, Kien Giang needs to continue investing more strongly in tourism activities.
Recently, Sun Group has launched and operated the world’s longest, three-wire cable car in Phu Quoc Island, connecting An Thoi Town with Hon Thom Island. This is a great condition for Kien Giang tourism to attract more domestic and foreign tourists to this great place.
In parallel, the province will continue to promote tourism in and outside the country; develop new tourism products; calling for new investment at home and abroad; To upgrade tourist business establishments, especially high-grade hotels; To promote the development of community tourism, tourism support services, etc. In addition, Kien Giang also included in planning four key tourist areas: Ha Tien – Kien Luong, Rach Gia – Kien Hai, U Minh Thuong – nearby Phu Quoc. In particular, Phu Quoc remains the key tourism of the province.
In 2018, Kien Giang tourism target number is 7.1 million visitors, turnover reached 59,000 billion. Along with that, Kien Giang will also focus more drastically to bring tourism become a key economic sector of the province in the period to 2020.
Particularly for Dong Thap, the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the traffic of Cao Lanh and Vam Cong bridges in the near future will help ease the transition between Dong Thap and other provinces more convenient. The tours, routes are connected faster and take place more efficiently.
Recently, the cooperation between the three western provinces of Dong Thap, Tien Giang and Long An with Ho Chi Minh City has opened a new tourist route “A journey, 3 destination” . The Mekong Delta has many similar locations. According to travel experts, linking tourist sites together to avoid duplication of product, causing monotonous, boring to visitors. At the same time, this linkage is also seen as a promising direction for tourism in the provinces and cities in the region to develop sustainably.