Vietnam will call for technical assistance and investment totalling nearly US$27million for seven tourism projects at a regional seminar in Thailand this week.
The two-day seminar will begin on February 24 with focus on mapping out a strategy and action programme to develop the open sub Mekong region, said Duong Xuan Hoi, deputy head of the tourism division under the Vietnam Administration for Tourism (VNAT). Vietnam would seek international funding for making studies and developing infrastructure for seven tourism projects, Hoi said.
They include the Cua Tung Cua Viet and Con Co Island marine eco-tourism park, which needs US$800,000 for research and US$4 million for infrastructure; a project to set up stopovers along the regional East-West Corridor’s section on National Highway 9, which requires US$200,000 and US$2 million respectively; and the establishment of a resort at the Bach Ma-Lang Co-Canh Duong triangle (US$2 million and US$3 million).
The others are A Luoi Phong Dien eco-tourism and cultural project (US$400,000 and US$4.5 million), Phong Nha-Ke Bang Eco-tourism Park(US$I millionandUS$4 million), Con Phung Ecological Garden in Ben Tre Province (US$1.5 million andUS$3 million) and the US$500,000 Ninh Kieu Wharf project in Can Tho Province.
Hoi reckoned in addition to the tourism projects in the Mekong Delta provinces, this time Vietnam will also call for funding for a number of projects in central Vietnam where the East-West Corridor cuts through.
However, Hoi said, the possibility of finding money for all these projects is not high due to financial constraints, as six countries in the sub Mekong region will submit some 22 projects to call for financial assistance. “However, we want to take the seminar as a chance to introduce all seven projects anyway.”
Hoi revealed the agency in charge of regulating tourism activities in the sub-Mekong region and the Asian Development Bank previously agreed to provide Vietnam withUS$11 million to develop its tourism. A number of projects benefiting from this programme are being implemented such as the expansion of Vinh Xuong Border Gate, the development of community tourism in An Giang and Tien Giang provinces, and the training of tourism management.