However, more than 200 experts at the November 17 event held that local tourism development is a far cry from its natural advantages.

Last year, the sub-region welcomed only 4.93 million out of 34.5 million visitors to the Mekong Delta, with tourism revenue accounting for 23.3 percent of the region’s total VND 11.3 trillion (USD 488.78 million).


Tenuous connection within the tourism sector as well as shortage of professional human resources and attractive policies to attract domestic and foreign investments should be handled to boost the non-smoke industry’s development in the sub-region, they said.

According to Assoc. Prof., Dr. Bui Van Trinh from Can Tho University, besides investing heavily in infrastructure, provinces in the Eastern coastal area should pick out their tourism staples. In addition, they should work together to pen a popularization campaign for their quality products to attract visitors.

Capitalizing on spiritual tourism will help local tourism take off, Duong Duc Minh, M.A. from Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, suggested, saying that this is a distinct advantage that not many places have.

Meanwhile, Bui Hoang Tan, M.A. from Can Tho University laid stress on the tourism connectivity between the east and the west sub-regions as it is significant for the whole region to branch out sea, waterway, eco-agricultural and spiritual tourism to lure more travelers.

Source VNA