Vietnam seeks to boost tourism with neighbouring countries

17-Aug-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) on August 14 organised a conference in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho to discuss cooperation to promote the southern tourism corridor with representatives from Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The southern tourism corridor plays a key role in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and is one of eleven major tourist routes in the GMS, Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of VNAT, said while presiding over the conference.

Since 2015, the four countries having 13 provinces located in the southern tourism corridor have joined forces to develop and promote tourism products, as well as propose relevant agencies to facilitate transforming the transport corridor into the tourism corridor, he said.

Addressing the event, Duong Tan Hien, vice chair of Can Tho City, said that the city is one of the four Vietnamese localities, including Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, HCM City, in the southern key economic region that has taken part in the southern tourism corridor.

Besides this, Can Tho is home to many attractive destinations in the Mekong Delta such as Ninh Kieu Wharf, Cai Rang floating market, and many other historic-cultural sites. Moreover, the city’s tourism infrastructure facilities have been increasingly improved with a wide selection of four-to-five-star hotels and resorts meeting demand of tourists at home and abroad, the vice chair added.

The representatives of the four countries at the conference also reviewed their cooperation activities, were briefed on new measures to boost the regional tourism growth, and discussed further collaboration plans for the years to come.

In particular, VNAT and the Can Tho Travel Association highlighted the upcoming event, Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) Can Tho 2019, due to kick off in the city from November 29 to December 1. Vietnam has invited the three neighbouring countries to attend the event to bolster travel cooperation among the four GMS nations.

Nattakorn Asunee Na Ayudhuya, from Mekong Tourism Coordination Office (MTCO) located in Thailand, called on the four countries to promote tourism products on the online platform of MTCO that has gained over 22 million users globally, saying that this will be an effective way to encourage tourism growth.

Data from MTCO show that the four countries of the southern tourism corridor last year generated over $96 billion in tourism revenues, with the number of international visitors exceeding 60 million arrivals, up 10 percent against the figure seen in 2017.


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