Saigon, Mekong Delta Boost Tourism Cooperation
The Mekong Delta has for long attracted tourist inflows through HCM City, the international gateway to the region. Also, the city hopes to get moretourists from the delta. Nguyen Dong Hoa, Deputy General Director of Saigontourist, said destinations in the delta are becoming increasingly popular among foreign and domestic tourists but efforts to diversify tourism products and services are needed to realise its potential, said.
Around 70 percent of foreign tourists visiting HCM City choose to make a trip to the delta. But tourism products in the various localities in the delta are not diverse.
Tran DoanThe Duy, Deputy General Director of Vietravel, said all travel operators offertours to the Mekong Delta. Tourists visit several places in the delta but the lack of regional co-ordination indeveloping new tourism products and poor transport infrastructure result inunexciting travel packages, he said.
Cao Xuan Thu Van, Director of the Bac Lieu Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the forum would be a platform for delta localitiesto establish marketing and promotion links and develop regionaltour packages. Each locality needs to develop its own unique tourism products, she said.
The forum, to be held at the Saigon Exhibition Convention Centre, will also featurea conference on investment in the culture, sports and tourism infrastructure in HCM City and the delta, a photo exhibition on tourist destinations and tourismproducts, and a conference on tourism co-operation between the two places.