A range of tourism offers has been expanded as part of a tourism linking program between Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta region to unlock the appeal of the southern areas.
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|The tours will give visitors a taste of the Mekong Delta where everyday life is peaceful in rustic landscapes under coconut palms and along a system of canals winding through tropical orchards.
Eighty circuits have been installed connecting Ho Chi Minh City with numerous locations in the Mekong Delta, such as Tiên Giang, Vinh Long and Can Tho.
The tours will give visitors a taste of the Mekong Delta where everyday life is peaceful in rustic landscapes under coconut palms and along a system of canals winding through tropical orchards.
According to statistics from 100 travel agencies involved in the linking program, 1.8 million visitors joined tours between January and September, each paying between VND 800,000 and VND 1 million (between US$32.96 and US$41.19).
Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism Deputy Director Bùi Thi Ngoc Hieu said the tourism industry association and tourism service providers have an important role in the program, helping to promote tourism products in a spirit of sharing with the local tourism community.
Bùi Thi Ngoc Hiêu suggested that relevant places should develop more tourism incentives to ensure quality service for domestic and international tourists. Creating key tourism products is key to attracting high-end travelers, she said. she said, suggesting that localities propose to their popular committees to enact policies to attract investment in entertainment areas to diversify the tourism offer and encourage visitors to stay longer.
As a tourism gateway to the region, Ho Chi Minh City should strive to hold fascinating tours to attract more visitors to the connecting programs, she added.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism from several places in the Mekong Delta said that digital technology should be applied to harness and manage tourism resources.
|A corner of the Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City.
Director of the Domestic Tourism Center of Bên Thành Tourism Joint Stock Company Cao Van Tùng said localities should redefine their tourism brands to develop more outstanding tourism products, and travel agencies are ready to support local authorities in this process.
Meanwhile, Vietluxtour Marketing and Communications Director Tran Thi Bao Thu said that each locality should create distinctive tourism products. For example, the tours should allow visitors to distinguish Tràm Chim National Park from the Mùa Xuân (Spring) tourist area, and spiritual tourism in Long An from that in Soc Trang, she said.
Tourism agencies said that while Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta region can take advantage of their criss-crossing rivers, peaceful orchards and lush green surroundings, these places find it difficult to ‘organize three-day independent trips due to infrastructure. Therefore, it is necessary to build inter-regional trips that can leave a lasting impression on visitors and encourage them to return, they add.