New products launched to boost Can Tho’s tourism sector

23-May-2020 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Many travel firms in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho are introducing new tourism products to boost tourism after the coronavirus pandemic is contained.

Speaking at a conference on stimulating tourism and introducing new tourism products in Can Tho today, May 21, Nguyen Thien Thanh, deputy director of the tourism management division, under the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that the coronavirus pandemic has caused extensive damage to the city’s tourism sector.

The city attracted over 1.4 million tourists in the first four months of 2020, down 66.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Revenue from tourism was VND799 billion, falling by 59.1 percent year-on-year.

Nguyen Minh Tuan, vice head of the Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the pandemic had led to the temporary suspension of 42.2 percent of travel firms in the city.

However, as tourism services have resumed, many travel companies have restarted operations and launched new products to attract tourists to the city.

Vo Xuan Thu, director of Victoria Can Tho hotel, said that though the Victoria Mekong cruise has stopped serving the Can Tho-Phnom Penh route, it is now operational on the Can Tho-Chau Doc route.

The tour lasts four days and three nights, taking guests from Can Tho to the Long Xuyen, Chau Doc, Ong Ho and Tan Loc islets and back to Can Tho.

Do Doan Hoai Vu, deputy general director of Mai Linh Tay Do JSC, confirmed that the company will launch express boat services between Can Tho and Con Dao in July 2020.

Meanwhile, the Con Son community tourism site in the city has launched a number of new services to attract more guests, such as fish massages and the non la (conical hat) house, according to Le Thi Be Bay, a consultant for the tourist site.


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