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Ninh Thuận to boost tourism

Vinh Hy Bay, a tourist attraction in Ninh Thuan Province, is famous for its untouched nature. — Photo courtesy of Ninh Thuan Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Viet Nam News

NINH THUAN — The south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuan will continue to offer more incentives for tourism investment in order to make the province a safe, friendly and exciting destination to visit.

That’s the message from People’s Committee chairman, Luu Xuan Vinh who was speaking at a conference yesterday.

The aim is to introduce and promote tourism potential, cultural values, famous landscapes and typical tourism products of Ninh Thuan Province. It also created a platform for tourism investors and travel agents to meet and seek new investment and cooperation opportunities in the province.

“Ninh Thuan has many conditions to develop tourism and the facts have shown that in the past five years,” said Vinh.

“The number of tourists and tourism revenue of the region have kept increasing, particular during weekend and holidays.”

Last year, the number of visitors to the province reached 1.9 million, a rise of about 11 per cent. Tourism revenue increased around 18 per cent in comparison with the same period in 2016.

He added the province will continue to enhance the environment for tourism investment, reform the administrative procedures, direct the relevant organisations to offer best conditions for investors in order to fully exploit the local tourism potentials.

“The tourism development of Ninh Thuan Province will follow the motto: modest, impressive and stable,” the chairman added.

“Besides preserving the untouched natural features created by the typical climate of the region, the province will also continue programmes of promoting its tourism to the world.”

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien also spoke at the event and praised the province’s efforts in developing the socio-economy in general and in particular, tourism.

He suggested the province should focus on strategic resources, actively improve the tourism cooperation and attach cultural heritage preservation with tourism exploitation.

He also said the province should appeal more film producers in order to create “cinematic effects” similar to what Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island has done to Ninh Binh Province’s tourism.

Itinerary to old capitals

On the same day, authorities and tourism promotion centres of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An Provinces held a conference to promote tourism.

Nguyen Manh Loi, vice director of Nghe An Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the three localities are located in a special area as they connect the northern and the central region, and are also a bridge between Viet Nam and Laos.

“It’s easy to find information about beautiful landscapes and must-see destinations of these provinces which are recognised by the UNESCO and the State as heritages such as Ho Dynasty Citadel, Pu Mat National Park, Trang An Complex and Cuc Phuong National Park,” said Loi.

“Attending the conference, visitors, clients and partners can learn about the tourism potential of the region and available products. We want to work with travel agents nationwide.”

On the occasion, representatives of the three provinces introduced a new tour connecting remarkable sites of the region, ‘a journey to the ancient capitals of Viet Nam’.

Visitors will discover the historical sites and local culture of the provinces, with some places former capitals of the country under feudalism.

More investment needed

A conference to introduce the tourism potential of the coastal province of Phu Yen was held yesterday.

Travel agents and managers discussed beautiful landscape like Vung Ro Bay, Da Dia Reef and Mang Lang Church as well as signature foods like ‘sea light’ (tuna eyeballs in herbs).

However, Pham Van Bay, vice director of the Phu Yen Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, acknowledged there are many shortcomings in local tourism.

“Infrastructure is an example,” he said. “Although Phu Yen has favourable nature and landscapes, we still need more investment in services and accommodation.”

Tran Thanh Tam, a tour operator from Vietrantour Company, said she has brought tourists from Ha Noi to Phu Yen since 2014. She realised that the number of tourists to the province is increasing rapidly thanks to the natural beauty portrayed in the film I See Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass, which was shot in Phu Yen Province.

“The site lacks accommodation, services, tourism information, public beaches and human resources to serve tourists,” she said.

Ngo Hoai Chung, deputy director general of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, agreed. “In comparison with neighbouring provinces such as Binh Dinh, Nha Trang and Gia Lai, Phu Yen hasn’t seen a boom in tourism development.”

He suggested that the province needs more investment and policies to encourage firms to invest in local tourism in the long-term. He added that tourism managers should use promotions focused on the European market because Phu Yen’s nature is suitable with the taste of tourists from this market. — VNS



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