The authority is stepping up the development of those tourism products to capitalize on the city’s diverse natural landscapes in outlying districts, said Deputy Director of the municipal Tourism Department Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa.

The programs include trips exploring salangane farming and a bat sanctuary, and kayaking through mangrove forests at Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, among others.

Can Gio district is one of HCM City’s popular tourist destinations.

The city saw a 54.7-percent drop in the number of the tourists in the first half of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the period, HCM City welcomed only 9.4 million tourists, including 1.3 million foreigners and 8.1 million Vietnamese people, year-on-year decreases of 69.3 percent and 50.9 percent, respectively.

Total revenue from tourism products and services surpassed VND 34 trillion (USD 1.46 billion), down 49.6 percent against the same period last year.

Source: VNA