Quang Binh works to boost tourism development

Quang Binh works to boost tourism development

VNA – A series of measures to boost tourism cooperation between the province and the Mekong Delta region were discussed at a conference held in Quang Binh’s Dong Hoi City on June 18. Endowed with stunning natural landscapes like untouched white sandy beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Site Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, coupled with excellent cuisine, Quang Binh Province poses a huge potential for tourism development, said Vice Director of the provincial Department of Tourism Dang Dong Ha. Quang Binh has affirmed its tourism prestige as it welcomed 3.3 million tourists in 2017 and the number is estimated at 1.8 million in the first six months of the year, including 85,000 foreigners.

Appraised by international media and experts as one of the leading worth-experiencing destinations in the world, Quang Binh is an attractive place for tourism investors, Ha said, adding that the locality is channeling efforts in promoting sustainable tourism development in companion with improving local livelihoods. Meanwhile, An Giang, Can Tho, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Soc Trang and Hau Giang in the Mekong Delta region are local tourism and socio-economic hubs. Boasting with famous tourist attractions such as Cai Rang floating market, My Khanh tourism village, Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery, Binh Thuy ancient house, Phu Quoc island and Son islet, the localities served nearly 22.5 million tourists in 2017. Therefore, enhancing tourism links between Quang Binh Province and the Mekong Delta localities is significant to create favorable conditions for tourism businesses to expand their markets while making tourism a spearhead economic sector of the provinces. Solutions to improving tourism products and services were on the table at the event. Participants said that relevant parties should pay due attention to improving tourism service quality, diversifying tourism products and introducing new tourist attractions. In addition, tourism businesses were advised to share experience and seek cooperative opportunities. On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding on tourism cooperation was inked between Quang Binh Province’s tourism department and the Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Mekong Delta city and provinces. Accordingly, they will work to improve the efficiency of state management and tourism promotion and build mutual tourism products to attract more tourists.

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