Mekong Delta sees signs of tourism revival

Update: 02/12/2020
The Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Kien Giang has seen a rebound in domestic tourism and tourist numbers are expected to surge during the New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays.

 Tourists at Phu Quoc Island. VNA/VNS Photo

It received nearly 400,000 domestic visitors last month, a 26 per cent increase from October, according to its Department of Tourism.

Nguyen Chi Thanh, deputy director of the department, said the province has pushed ahead with a tourism stimulus programme and Covid-19 preventive measures to restore travel confidence and demand.

Travel firms are now focusing on quality of travel products and services, and offering a wide range of promotions and discounts to boost domestic travel, he said.

Phu Quoc Island was chosen as the first destination to kick-start the national tourism stimulus programme launched by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism on November 22.

In the first 10 months of the year the island received 2.9 million visitors, and it expects the number to top three million for the full year.

The delta city of Can Tho has launched its own tourism stimulus programme between November and January with a number of discounts on lodging, food, entertainment, and transportation.

Tourism authorities encourage travel firms to offer discounts on tour packages to attract customers.

Around 60 businesses have registered to join the stimulus programme with tour packages and services discounted by 10-60 per cent.

In the first 10 months the city received more than 3.5 million visitors, a 53 per cent drop year-on-year.

It is expected that promotions and stimulus efforts would push the total number of tourists to more than 5.6 million this year.

Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces have promoted travel linkages and introduced new tour routes between themselves.

The linkages are aimed at developing travel products that offer unique cultural, food and natural experiences.

Other provinces in the delta like An Giang and Bac Lieu recently launched stimulus programmes to attract tourists during the upcoming year-end holidays.

Source: Viet Nam News