The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is striving to make tourism a spearhead sector for the local economy by 2020.

A resolution issued by the municipal Party Committee in late August, set out goals and tasks for the local tourism sector to follow in the 2016-2020 period.

Stork inside the Bang Lang Stork Sanctuary in Can Tho. Photo: vnexpress

The city aims to welcome 32 million tourists, including 3.5 million foreigners, in the five years. The flow of tourist arrivals is set to grow 10 percent annually.

The tourism sector is expected to generate VND 12.1 trillion (around USD 544.5 million) in total revenue with annual growth of 16 percent.

It is hoped to create 39,300 jobs, including 13,100 direct and 26,200 indirect employments, with 80 percent of the workforce having occupational training.

To meet these goals, Can Tho will focus on raising public awareness of the importance of tourism, improving services toward safety and hospitality and investing in infrastructure.

Human resource development are also a key factor, with the Can Tho Vocational Tourism College set to be the main source of tour operators for the city.

The municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced major programs to diversify tourism products, conserving Long Tuyen ancient village and attracting investment in Con Son, Phong Dien and Tan Loc eco-tourism sites, among others.

Source: VNA