Green tourism, an important trend for sustainable development

As part of the Bà Ria-Vung Tàu Tourism Week 2023, newspaper Van Hoa (Culture) and online magazine Thuong hiêu goes to San phâm (Brands and Products), in cooperation with the Department of Tourism of Bà Ria-Vung Tàu Province (South), organized a Forum on the Development of Green Tourism in Vietnam 2023 on November 17.

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Vietnam Green Tourism Development Forum 2023, held on November 17 in Vung Tàu City, Ba Ria-Vung Tàu Province (South).

Under the theme “Green and Sustainable Growth”, the event aimed to assess the current situation and potential, find revolutionary solutions for the development of green tourism in Vietnam, exchange experiences to multiply exemplary models of green tourism throughout the country.

Green tourism should be developed

The development of green tourism is the long-term direction of Vietnamese tourism in the context of changing environmental conditions. This was the common opinion of most of the speakers and participants of this forum.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong emphasized that the forum is an important activity in the context of the entire tourism industry uniting to effectively implement solutions to accelerate the recovery and development of the tourism sector, according to the spirit of the national teleconference on rapid and sustainable development of national tourism organized on November 15 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Green tourism is an extremely important new approach for the sustainable development of Vietnamese tourism, with the consensus of the population, businesses and local authorities, in order to preserve the landscapes and nature, the living environment, effectively exploit the resources, natural and cultural values ​​of each locality.

This forum was held in the province of Ba Ria-Vung Tàu, endowed with an extremely rich and diverse system of tourism resources and products, which represents one of the key places for the development of tourism in the Southeast region, the country in general.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Dao Cuong, during an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the forum.

Deputy Minister Hoang Dao Cuong said that Vietnamese tourism is taking steps to recover and develop strongly after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sector currently faces numerous challenges in the development, exploitation and use of natural resources, as well as problems of local overcrowding, poor environmental management and brand quality and diversity of tourism products, not to mention the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

The development of green and sustainable tourism has become a trend in many countries of the world. “Green” criteria are becoming increasingly important in the selection of destinations and tourist products.

Deputy Minister Hoang Dao Cuong added that in Vietnam, tourism development policies, strategies, planning and guidelines in recent years are aimed at achieving the goal of sustainable and green tourism growth, combined with the protection of nature, national cultural values ​​and bringing benefits to local communities.

This will effectively contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. However, for tourism development policies and guidelines to be effectively implemented, determination and consensus are needed on the part of managers, local communities, businesses and individuals, as well as society as a whole.

Tourists at Bai Sau Beach in Vung Tau City on November 17, 2023.

It can be asserted that the development of green tourism not only plays an important role in the protection of the environment and resources, but also brings new values ​​to tourism products, contributes to the improvement of economic efficiency, and at the same time maintains long-term utilization. With its huge potential, Vietnam is determined to become the main green tourism destination on the world map. pointed out the deputy minister.

For his part, the vice president of the People’s Committee of Bà Ria-Vung Tàu province, Lê Ngoc Khanh, said that the development of green tourism is an opportunity but also a challenge for his province and other localities across the country in general.

“We would like to get the opinions of experts, companies and investors to share orientations, experiences, good ways of doing things or practical results to promote the development of tourism aimed at nature protection, preservation and promotion of Vietnam’s cultural values” , underscored Vice President Lê Ngoc Khanh.

Bà Ria-Vung Tàu Tourism Week 2023 takes place from November 17 to 19 in two locations: Vung Tàu City and Xuyên Môc District, with many attractive activities including a culinary area and an OCOP (One Commune, One Product – Each municipality has its own product), paragliding show, Vung Tàu Discovery Night Run 2023, Bà Ria-Vung Tàu Kite Festival 2023, water sports activities, golf tournament, etc.

Text and photos: Tân Dat/CVN

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