Seminar on Developing tourism products of Mekong Delta

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(TITC) – On 4 October, 2018, in Can Tho City, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism organized the seminar on Developing tourism products of the Mekong Delta.

In attendance were delegates from Tourism Departments of Can Tho City and Long An, Dong Thap, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang Provinces, travel agencies and press media.

The seminar aimed at introducing typical tourism products of the Mekong Delta and proposing solutions to challenges that the region faces regarding tourism services, products linkage between localities, supporting tourism enterprises in developing quality tourism products, contributing to luring visitors to the Mekong Delta. This was also an opportunity for the enterprises to exchange information and share experience in tourism promotion field.

The Mekong Delta is endowed with lots of interlacing canals, mountains, rivers, sea and islands… creating a great diversity system with magnificent sceneries. The Delta has long been known as a hub of paddy, fishes and fruits of the whole country. These favorable conditions facilitate the development of agriculture in the region. Especially, the imprinted features of Mekong Delta are named as unique cultural quintessence of local ethnic communities with special traditional festival and the hospitality of the local people.

Nowadays, tourism products of the Mekong Delta include spiritual and festival tourism, mountain and jungle tourism in An Giang; sea and islands tourism, national park and mangrove tourism in Kien Giang and Ca Mau; floating market and fruit garden tourism in Can Tho, Vinh Long; cultural relics tourism in Bac Lieu; Khmer cultural tourism in Soc Trang, Tra Vinh; islet and floating market tourism in Tien Giang; coconut festival and flower garden tourism in Ben Tre…

On the other hand, the Mekong Delta’s tourism still faces some challenges as: few prominent tourism products, low competitiveness, insufficient tourism promotion, limited tourism funding… Moreover, there is a lack of inclusive approach in tourism planning and development.

At the seminar, the delegates from travel agencies, tourist accommodations and tourism service suppliers in the Mekong Delta discussed about solutions to tourism product development for the region in the coming time. Tourism experts aslo stressed that in order to uphold the potential of Mekong Delta, localities in the region should strengthen their cooperation in developing typical tourism products, upgrading products that are in operation, focusing on ecological tours along rivers and canals that connect localities… to fulfill various demands of domestic and international visitors.

Truyen Phuong