Three Mekong Delta localities boost tourism linkages

20:51 | 19/10/2014

VGP – Leaders of three Mekong Delta localities of An Giang, Kien Giang and Can Tho have recently gathered in Rach Gia city to discuss ways to beef up their tourism linkages.

The event was organized by the General Department of Tourism with the support of the EU-funded Environmental and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Program (ESRT).

The three localities lie in a key tourism region of the country in accordance with the Master plan on national tourism development until 2020 with a vision towards 2030.

The local leaders stressed the need to work out major orientations for tourism development in their localities without damaging the environment.

The Program Director, Mr. Do Quoc Tri, said that training workshops on responsible tourism will be provided for the three local Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the coming months.

He underlined the importance of the private sector’s engagement as well as the role of the local tourism associations in tourism management.

At the meeting, the three localities inked an agreement which figures out four areas of cooperation, namely tourism management policy development, tourism product development, tourism promotion, and human resource development.

The Environmental and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Program was designed to mainstream responsible tourism principles into Viet Nam’s tourism sector to enhance competitiveness and contributing to achieving the Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP).

It has provided technical assistance for eight Northwest provinces of Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Ha Giang and three Central Coastal localities of Hue, Quang Nam and Da Nang./. 

By Kim Loan