On August 10,2018, at the Saigon – Bac Lieu Hotel, Bac Lieu City, and a joint venture group to develop tourism in the western of the Mekong Delta, held a conference to review activities in the first half of the year and give directions to the end of 2018.
Attending the conference was the Mekong Delta Tourism Association; Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Department of Tourism; Tourism Promotion Information Center; Tourism associations; Local tourism enterprises in the cluster linking Groups.
Through the conference to analyze, evaluate and achieve results in the first 6 months of implementation year of the cooperation program, link and develop tourist Group in the West of the Mekong Delta in 2018, set up the direction of tasks and solutions. Implement the last months of 2018.
In the first 6 months of 2018, tourism activities in the cluster Groups have developed fairly, with many solutions implemented in festivals, events, promotions, training, human resources, To promote tourism development. In the first six months of this year, the total number of visitors to the Group have reached 17.8 millions of visitors, increasing by 11.3% over the same period last year. % of total visitors to the Mekong Delta. Of that, international visitors reached 677 thousand, up 33.4% over the same period, accounting for 42.8% of the total international visitors to the Mekong Delta. Revenue reached over 10,388 billion, up 33.4% over the same period, accounting for 76.1% of total tourism revenue in the Mekong Delta.
Generally, the provinces and cities in the cluster Groups have effectively carried out many cooperative activities in tourism development in areas such as state management; promotion and promotion of tourism; building tourism products; training and training human resources for tourism and cooperation in general tourism events. Particularly, in the first 6 months of 2018, two localities in the group were approved by the Prime Minister to develop the master plan for the development of two national tourist resorts (Nui Sam – An Giang and Dat Mui – Ca Mau); This is a favorable condition for the development of tourism in each province in particular and the West Group in general; is one of the important points in the development and development of diverse tourism products of the Mekong Delta and the country.
Besides, the results achieved, the connectivity are between the provinces and cities in the Cluster Groups are still limited and the efficiency is not high: the provinces in the cluster Group have no uniformity in full participation, common events of national, international (VITM Hanoi, ITE Ho Chi Minh City, …); The support for human resource training for tourism has not been actively participated in the response; construction and development of tourism products “One coming point is to four locals +” is not high efficiency.
The conference also set out the directions of the task in the ending 6 months of 2018 for cluster Group which is with the main contents such as the leader will organize a meeting among provinces and cities in the cooperation program to exchange the issues of obstacles in the management of the state, the coordination of tourism promotion in the ending 6 months of 2018; To enhance the management of tour enterprises and tour guides who operate in provinces and cities in the Group; Coordinate to organize the training courses of the update of knowledge for tourist guides; training tourism operations …;Participating in general booth at Ho Chi Minh International Tourism Fair (ITE) 2018; Exchanging and researching solutions to concretize the general plans for tourism development in the Mekong Delta until 2020 and towards to a vision to 2030 that is approved by the Government under Decision 2227 / QD-TTg of November 18, 2016 through seminars or workshops; Invite the provinces and cities in the Group to participate in the promotion, experience travel on the occasion of the ceremony to announce the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 744 / QD-TTg approving the General Plan of Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Area (Ca Mau); Receiving the Decision No. 2646 / QĐ-BVHTTDL of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on the recognition of Sam Mountain National Tourist Area (An Giang); Organized a conference to sum up the activities of the West-Mekong Tourism Cooperation and Cooperation Group in December 2018 in Ca Mau; Strengthen the exchange of publications, travel gifts, to promote tourism promotion between localities.
Speaking at the conference, the Ca Mau Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, as the role of the head of the group, called on the Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Tourism Departments and local tourism businesses to strengthen. To cooperate more closely, to promote the tourism image of each other, to contribute to the development of tourism in the region and support each other to achieve the goal of developing tourism into a branch of the economy. by 2030.
Besides, from the main contents related to the conference, the organizers of the conference also organized a number of programs to link the development of the Western Tourist Region in the Mekong Delta region in 2018 together with surveys and suggestions to build the perfect Tourist spots in Bac Lieu. This activity is not only facilitates Bac Lieu tourism to receive more valuable opinions of the professionals, but also helps other localities in the cluster to share and learn experiences in tourism development for friends’ units.
The cluster linking Groups operate and develop tourism in the Western of Mekong (Mekong Delta) that have seven provinces, including Can Tho, An Giang, Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Hau Giang. In 2018, Ca Mau became a leader and has many active activities in tourism development such as building and developing many types and products of tourism associated with regional links: ecotourism (river, mountains, sea, islands, forests …), water tourism, cultural tourism, spiritual tourism … which they are very specific products and services. To work together to develop.
By: Dương Kim Chuyen, Poto: La Thi Mong Linh