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Clustering Linking Group cooperated the tourism development in the western of Melkong delta organize summarized operation of the first 6 months of year 2018

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.

ca-mau-tham-quan-bac-lieu The delegations took part in the survey at the Siamese Cannon Pagoda – Bac Lieu

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

Culinary culture plays an important role in building Ca Mau tourist destination

Camau is located a special geographic location so that culinary culture of Ca Mau also have different characteristics. Coming to Ca Mau tourism to enjoy the delicious foods which are also one of the types of cultural tourism unique, attracting millions of visitors each year.

People said that “Visit Central, should visit Ca Na area / Want to eat fish and shrimp, you should visit to Ca Mau.” This folk praises the richness of Ca Mau seafood resources, making visitors everywhere swoon for the pride and originality of each dish brought by the locality. Therefore, people will not have to worry about “what to eat?” When it comes to the land of the extreme South. With rich and diverse natural resources, Ca Mau has abundant aquatic resources. According to statistics in 2016, total production and aquaculture 480,000 tons. Seafood production has brought high economic efficiency, bring more foreign currency and bring Ca Mau province has the highest seafood export turnover in the country.

Văn-hóa-ẩm-thực-anh-1Camau brick Crab boiled

 U Minh Ha Forest Eel

A land exists in parallel with the two salty and fresh ecosystems that form tourism products characteristic of both ecosystems. Coming to the ecosystem of inundation in the U Minh Ha National Park, visitors will enjoy foods which made from biological resources such as grilled snakehead fish, vegetable salad, fish sauce, copperfish fried lemongrass, fried frog with lemongrass and chili, fried perch fish, bee salad, …

Grilled Giant Mudskipper fish with salt and chili

Mangrove ecology will bring tourists to Dat Mui land where round a year is sunshine and enjoy the foods are made from seafood such as boiled bricks crab (held Vietkings record ranked in the top 50 delicious dishes of Vietnam), grilled lobster, cooked shrimp with coconut milk, Spade-fish cooked with Slender watervine basil, grilled Giant Mudskipper fish with salt and chili, coconut milk sauté wool snail, bon bon vegetable cooked with shrimp, salted Ba Khia, egg and squid surimi, Oyster grlled with onion and oil, pineapple fish cooked with fish sauce, gray eel-catfish, blood oyster cooked with tamanind…

Rock crab roasted with salt

Cuisine cuture of  Ca Mau street is also a special feature of wading, because Ca Mau is the land of the three ethnics: Vietnamese – Chinese – Khmer. The mixture and cultural progress has formed some foods with interesting mix such as noodle soup, spicy silk cake, hot pot sauce, noodles, crab noodle soup, crab cakes, … next traditional snacks like gong cake, fried banana, grilled banana, dairy cake, smart cake, cauldron, flat nuggets, pineapple cakes …

 

Lobster stir with garlic

The foods range from traditional to modern, from simple to sophisticated meticulous taste of the local people and tourists. We can easily enjoy everywhere from alleyways to al fresco dining.

Wool snail cooked with coconut

With the richness of the nature species, the Ca Mau people learned ingenious processing and processing aquatic species as well as some other local produce into the gift of land specialties. Sea aquatic fishes are such as Ca Mau dried shrimp (held Vietnam record ranked in the top 10 specialties of Vietnam in 2017), dried aquatic fishes (pineapple fish, squid, U Minh fish, potato fish, gray eel – catfish,crab,  honey , …. In addition, U Minh honey is also a product that tourists prefer by pure source of cajuput flowers from high value in beauty and treatment.

Chili sticky rice cake

For tourists in all parts of the country, culinary culture of Ca Mau has become a very prominent brand early, occupying trust by the prestige and top quality. It is therefore no coincidence that the fair booths displaying specialty products, or a culinary program of Ca Mau, are highly appreciated by tourists and professionals. come. The essence of culinary arts also contribute to honor, promote Ca Mau Tourism to domestic and international tourists.

Delicious  Culinary Competition of Ca Mau Delicious Foods in 2016

During the past years, Ca Mau has constantly improved the information and promotion of destinations through programs, events and activities of local culinary culture.

 Food Contest of Spring Tasty in  2018

Besides, activities promoting the image of cuisine in the localities throughout the country, Ca Mau is also active in maintaining and promoting traditional culinary culture of the local through the organization of the contest moisture Every year and attracts many business units, tourism and food in the province to attend such as Ca Mau Food Festival in 2014, 2016; From this contest, local people and tourists will have the opportunity to learn more about the features as well as the richness and diversity. the form of Ca Mau cuisine. This is also considered as one of the most effective and effective visual communication channels of Ca Mau tourism through the delicious foods at home.

Festival of cooking and packing cylindric glutinous rice with Spring favor 2017

In addition, Ca Mau also focuses on the promotion of food information through the website www.camautourism.vn, Vietnam Tourism Magazine, the media, … In 2013, the province publishes Ca Mau Cuisine Book and is reprinted in 2016. Visitors also find it easier to select and find information about delicious food as well as address. Specific food when coming to Ca Mau.

 Working with film: Crew Paradise Food

Along with the publication of the books, Ca Mau also cooperated and assisted the film crews to publish the film content of food such as introducing four delicious foods of Ca Mau (spicy silk cake, chili, roasted rock crab salt, roasted salt crab) in the Foods of Heaven Program (broadcast on HTV7); Combined with VTC digital television, introducing movie clips such as: Cua Nam Can – Ca Mau specialties; Enjoy Ca Mau shrimp, eating oysters in Dat Mui, “rare – especialize” products in U Minh Ha National Park. In all information activities promotion destination Ca Mau tourism, whether in terms of tourism in general or food in particular, culinary culture is always paid attention and receive the best response. Sympathy from tourists and professionals.

On the process of the partition of the Earth of the Top of the World of the world, the visitors may be will be bender of the first of the shell of the mangrove forest; will feel the comfortable with country of the relaxing trip; making soul with the sounds of the folk characters from the story of Mr. Bac Ba Phi, traditional signing culture; spending time of shopping at river market, sea,… become the binary symbols of the history of the history of the history program,… But all will not enough enough if missing text space in each product that you need around. The should be, lightization text is already used by a location, unsupported section in the design, build and images to the point of the travel point of the Mau.

By Duong Kim Chuyen

Market Culture in Ca Mau tourism development

Do not know when Ca Mau people knew about the market culture, perhaps from the ancient times when people came to this land reclaimed land. According to book Gia Dinh Thanh Thong Chi of Trinh Hoai Duc, the land of Ca Mau, which was formed 300 years ago, in Gia Long King period, people know to concentrate on the highlands along Tam Giang, Ong Doc, Bay Hap to clear and cultivate production. By the time of Tu Duc King period, Ca Mau is still deserted, a marshy area of concentrated mangrove trees, mangroves, parrot trees, soil and water contaminated with alum so difficult to cultivate. However, there are still migrants who come to gather, trade and gradually produce. With geographic location typical of the river, the original form of the market is floating market and the main means of transportation is the boat.

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That is the reason why many people say about Ca Mau ” The day and the night, boats are uninterrupted “, “The way go to Ca Mau is not difficult, but difficult one is only the river is empty boat.” The market is formed from the elements of river civilized. It was to nourish the life and intellectual of human on the new land.

That has been in the past, today has been different, the modern has covered the land of the South pole of the country. The residential areas, the industrial areas, the road have been planned, developed and expanded. The market also develop “ashore”, and form the modern and crowded market.

Markets in Ca Mau City

You can say, Ca Mau is one of the fastest growing modern cities in the Mekong Delta. After many years of being recognized as urban type III (in 1999), then type II (in 2010), Ca Mau city has developed directions and changes rapidly to become a city in the economic region of the Mekong Delta. Coming to Ca Mau city, visitor can go to the modern entertainment destinations and also have the opportunity to go shopping in the big markets such as  ward 4, ward 2,  ward 7 and night markets.

According to the Ca Mau people, the market of ward 2 which is a “rich market” because the goods are sold in the market often quality and price higher than other markets. When visitors go to the market of ward 2, you can see the truth about the words “rich”, the goods are almost displayed neatly and eye-catching, everything seems to be polished. The buyer also seems very satisfied with price and quality goods.

The  ward 4 of market market is known as the countryside market, it is one of the most crowded market in Ca Mau. At the peak time, people often rathered to purchase , buy and find the folk food easily and conveniently. Or rather, this is the right market for people to walk, freedom of choice, free of bargain and find the necessary goods as a daily routine.

Văn-hóa-chợ-trong-phát-triển-du-lịch-Cà-Mau-anh-2-768x460Many kinds of fruits from the downstream to the upstream to Ca Mau

If the markets in ward 2 and ward 4 are crowded markets, most of the goods are served mainly for local people, the market in ward 7 which is a wholesale market to focuse on many goods and agricultural products. Food from the other provinces are focused on distribution to the market in Cà Mau. In addition, a part of the market is planned to develop to a night market, so the market is full of products from the special features products of Ca Mau (U Minh honey, bon bon pickle, dried shrimp, salted three-strip crab, dried gourami fish, shrimp, fresh seafood, etc.) to traditional snacks and street food. Formerly, market in ward 7 was known as the floating market, boats were anchored crowded. Now the density of boats are sparse but it still retain the characteristics sale of a half water. Therefore, the cultural space of the market is extremely special, with the romantic river – Van river, tourists can visit and go shopping comfortably.

There is a kind of market culture is often called by Ca Mau people with a name is “squat” or the field market. This is a spontaneous market of local people to connect with the chain of large markets. Squat market sell everything themselves such as self-produced, self-cultivation in the suburban area. No fixed position for them, whoever comes first will select the favorable location. Here, you can buy a bunch of green vegetables, some banana, tangle of small fish, some shrimp, snakeheads or catfishs … without worrying about price and quality. Most of the things come from home-grown plants, which are cultivated by the hard famers.

General characteristics of the markets in Ca Mau city are all food outlets serving many dishes such as noodle soups, noodles, chili silkworm cake, rice plate, wet cake, porridge, vegetarian food, …; and snacks such as seaweed, dairy cakes, tofu, , milk tea, cam cake, cong cake, … The price is affordable. Lets spend a moment your time to the shopping space of Ca Mau markets, you will be extremely satisfied with the products that they buy to be gifts for relatives and friends.

The riversides market, coastal market in Ca Mau province

Ca Mau Province has 3 sides which ajoining the sea so the river system and it is divided into two groups of rivers flowing into the Western Sea and East Sea with a total length of over 7,000 kilometers, the average of density is 1.34 km/ km2 and has formed the special culture of Ca Mau people. The main feature of the river culture in Ca Mau is the people who meet toghether in the river crossing and coastal towns.

Ca Mau people usually meet market in the river crossings that  have many crowded boats, many people live and have formed the market. At first, The markets were sparse and gradually crowded with all kinds of goods, agricultural food to serve for daily life.

In addition, Ca Mau also forms coastal markets. These markets had been formed for a long time, when the first Vietnamese came to form the village and had started the market. At first, it was only a small market to sale seafood from the fishing vessels. Then, the fishing vessels from the other provinces go along the West sea fishing ground to there catching and selling fishing in a convenient way that facilitated the market to be expanded and trade with larger scale. Ca Mau has coastal markets such as Song Doc, Huong Mai, Khanh Hoi, Rach Gia, Rach Tau, Vam Dam, Tam Tam Giang, …that are a gathering place for boats anchoring, necessary goods to be reserving for the trip.

Most crowding is the Song Doc market that belong to Tran Van Thoi district. The market is located 50 kilometers direct to the south from center of Ca Mau city, that is one of three major coastal cities of Ca Mau province. It is busy seaside town and the harbor that is the most concentrated boat in the Mekong Delta. The name is Mr. Doc is derived from the story that anecdote Admiral Huynh disguised as Gia Long King to save king and sacrific on this river. To commemorate and acknowledge his gratitude, the name of the river is called by Ong Doc’s name. Initially, the market was mainly a gathering place for sea-going ships. They sale seafood and bought more goods and other necessities. Going here, visitors can buy fresh seafood and kinds of dry seafood. Tourists can see the platforms of dried fish platforms that stretch the headlines are in the scene of calm and peace labor.

In addition, the market is formed in the riverside areas such as Vam Cai Tau market, Rach Cui market, Tac Thu market, Tan Tien market … that is favorable for people go to the market by waterway.

The most common feature of riverside and coastal markets are that people can curculate by means of waterways. That is the cultural life of the people of Ca Mau from many years ago. In the process of forming a market, nobody can forget the positive contributions of the small market stalls on the river (boats for sale everythings) that tourists to Ca Mau feel surprised, interested and set it for a very unique name “drifting market”. Whether that is drifting markets, floating markets or other forms of markets, the river element has created different colors for the markets in Ca Mau.

In the development trend of modern society, although these are the ordinary markets or the modern market that always occupy an indispensable important position for the life of the people in Ca Mau. The development of the markets has a practical significance in promoting the Ca Mau tourism development strongly. Through cultural activities, shopping at the market will contribute to diversify the tourism products of the local.

Tourists go to Ca Mau whom visit to the bustling market, full sun and wind coastal markets, the warm riverside market and the sparkling and brightly night market. Thus, tourists will feel the friendly hospitality of each small traders in the market as well as the richness and generosity of the products that nature has given to land and people in Ca Mau Cape.

By: Duong Kim Chuyen

Ca Mau preliminarily reviews the tourism development in the first 6 months of 2018

On July 3, 2018, to evaluate the asking result of the steering and the Directorate of the Department and the results of the implementation of the tasks of cultural, sports and tourism development, Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ca Mau held a conference to review the work of the first 6 months and to deploy the key tasks in the during last 6 months of 2018.

 hoat-dong-tong-ket-so-van-hoa-ca-mau-2018-Mr. Tran Hieu Hung, Director of Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism told in the Conference

In the during first 6 months of year 2018, activities in the fields of culture, sports, tourism and family have followed the planned tasks. In all fields, they are active in organizing activities, fulfilling their assigned tasks and creating conditions to achieve the objectives set in 2018 successfully. Together with the cultural fields, sports and family, the tourism sector has effectively carried out many important tasks.

Promote the cooperation of international cooperation and other localities in the field of tourism. Successfully organized a study trip and signed a cooperation agreement on tourism development in Trat province (Thailand). Signing the tourism cooperation agreement with Kham Muon province (Lao People’s Democratic Republic); coordinated with the localities in the West and Mekong Delta linkage group to carry out a number of programs to promote, promote and sign cooperation in tourism development in some key and potential markets throughout the country.

tong-ket-so-van-hoa-ca-mau-2018-768x373Overview of conference

Promotion and communication of tourism is promoted in many forms, quality. To actively coordinate and support the media and travel agencies to step up the work of introducing tourist destinations in Ca Mau on the media. Launching tourism contests; Participating in fairs, events on tourism in key markets. Supporting tourist sites, especially community-based of eco-tourism households, in developing, promoting and promoting products to travel business partners and inbound and outbound tourists. country. Many new tourism products have been formed especially in Mui Ca Mau National Park, U Minh Ha National Park and attracting many visitors to visit and experience.

 Tourism Promotion Information Center and Tourism Management Department, Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism received the emulation flag of the Chairman of Ca Mau Province People’s Committee on achievements leading the movement of the provincial emulation delegation.

Operation of tourism has improved, infrastructure, technical facilities for tourism are upgraded, new construction, facilitating welcome and better serve tourists. As a result, in the first six months of 2018, the number of tourists to destinations in the province was high, of which the biggest increase was Khai Long Tourism Area, Mui Ca Mau Cultural and Tourism Park, Hon Da Bac island. It is estimated that in the first 6 months of 2018, total arrivals to Ca Mau reached 701,249 arrivals, an increase of 10.77% over the same period of 2017, accounting for 48.70% of the year plan, revenue reached VND 1,135.78 billion.

The conference has implemented the work plan for the last 6 months of 2018. In the field of tourism, the ceremony of announcing the master plan for development of Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park until year 2030. Focusing on the work developing specific tourism products; continue to carry out survey programs to build products; organizing the training courses on tourism; Promoting propaganda, promotion of tourism; finalize the competition; To formulate projects on application of information technology in the construction and development of the tourist industry of Ca Mau province; Implementing international cooperation programs on tourism development with Trat province (Thailand) and Kham Muon province (Laos).

By: Thy Dieu

Fam trip, Press trip delegations survey tourist destinations in Ca Mau Province

Implementing the Trade,Tourism and Investment Promotion Program to be approved in Decision No. 130/ QĐ-UBND dated 24/01/2018 by People’s Committee of Ca Mau Province; On June 29 and 30, 2018, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ca Mau province organized the delegation Famtrip, Presstrip to survey destinations of tourism of Camau Province. Survey team with representatives of the Mekong Delta Travel Association of Mekong Delta, Vietravel travel companies, Vietnamese Round; Representatives of TV stations including Vietnam Television Center in Can Tho, Camau Television Station; Newspapers such as Tourism Newspaper, Lao Dong Newspaper, Saigon Economic Times, Investment Newspaper, Dat Mui Newspaper and Ca Mau Newspaper.

khảo-sát-điểm-đến-du-lịch-tại-Cà-Mau-anh-1Reporters find out the oyster farming in Dat Mui

Famtrip, presstrip delegations survey the tourist destination of Camau Province to introduce and promote the key tourist destinations of Ca Mau to show the key markets through the media, business travel agencies; At the same time, survey and note assessment and good solutions of difficulties in tourism development of Ca Mau province from experts, tourism enterprises and news agencies through survey activities. This is also a regular event of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ca Mau province to be tighten the relationship with the media units in coordinating and supplying the information, introduction of resources, Tourism products of the province to domestic and foreign tourists.

The delegation came to survey and work at the main tourist sites of Ca Mau province such as Ca Mau Cape Culture and Tourism Park, spending experience of travel programs and accommodation services at community attractions. Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park, tourism products in the Khai Long Tourism, surveying ecological site of Tu Su Bird Garden.

The delegations survey the projects to serve for  tourism in  Ca Mau Cape Tourism and Culture Park

At Ca Mau Cape Tourism and Culture Park, the delegation has surveyed the tourism projects such as national coordinates, small bow posts, coastal embankments, forest bridge with traditional water distillation model. Especially, icon of The end of Ho Chi Minh Road which is in the finishing stage. At the tourist sites, the delegation has experienced the fascinating nature of the natural mangrove forest and explores the cultural values of the tourist destination in the South Pole of the country. In addition to experiencing the tourism products, surveying the activities of the destination, the members of the delegation have worked, recorded many photos, information and materials on the destination from different angles together.

 “… Ca Mau where only mosquitoes sound like blown flute, leeches are much like bread soup …”; Reporter Lan Anh-VTV Can Tho (left) has conveyed the message in her reportage.

The click point of the survey referenced are are a comment in the Camau Cape National Park. Experts, travelers and media units who have already enjoyed through the products in the community.  The delegation has participated in the oyster – mud crab tour to learn about the life of oysters and the unique characteristics of oysters on the Rach Vam River in Dau Mui Oyster Village; as well as exploring the wildlife of the mudflats, witnessing the strong movement of forest nature and the sea of Ca Mau Cape land.

 Many members of the delegation commented that Camau Cape is a rare place where is own a special natural resources  

The delegation has visited some community-based ecotourism sites in Dat Mui. Experts, tour operators, reporters have talked with the households, shared the advantages, difficulties and the operation of the community-based ecotourism model in Dat Mui. At the Ba Su tourist site, the delegation had an enjoyable experience about the life of the people here through the activities of square, crab fishing, fishing … together with a night experience in the mangrove forest. Many moments of life of the community is at the end of the sky which have been recorded and will convey to the mass nationwide’s audiences

 Reporter of Ca Mau Broadcasting Station interviewed Mr. Nguyen Van Hon, Chairman of Board of Directors and Director of Dat Mui Oyster Cultivation Cooperative on tourism products.

As part of the survey program, the delegation came to experience the tourist products at Khai Long Tourist Area, the tourist attraction is being exploited in the Ca Mau – Nam Can – Dat Mui tourist route of the province. Next, the delegation surveyed at the Bird Garden in Thoi Binh district. This is a new eco-tourist attraction of the province, potential exploitation on the tourist route Ca Mau – Kien Giang, combined with international destinations in Cambodia and Thailand. With the advantage of natural bird garden which are with more than 30,000 birds formed naturally more than 20 years ago on the area of 4 hectares of the family, Bird Garden has been attracting a large number of local visitors and out of the province, promise to become a unique ecotourism of Ca Mau Province.

 A corner of Tu Su Bird Garden

The delegation came to offer incense and visit at President Ho Chi Minh Memorial. At this stage, the seminar was held to summarize the survey’s journey, to discuss ideas and share experiences from experts, representatives of travel agencies and news agencies around the issues. The importance of Ca Mau tourism. The majority of members evaluated the survey program as a necessary opportunity for agencies and newspapers are as well as tour operators to catch the change of Ca Mau tourism last year, and said that this is a positive signal promising the excellence of Ca Mau tourism which have compared with other localities in the region.

Mr. Phan Dinh Hue, Director of Viet Loi Travel Company commented, besides advantages of attractive tourist resources, Ca Mau is one of three localities (beside Phu Quoc – Kien Giang and Can Tho). The advantage of geographic location is the ability to retain visitors overnight, creating conditions to increase revenue for the industry.

Mr. Phan Dinh Hue, Director of Viet Loi Travel Company (left panel) shared with media units about Ca Mau tourism destination.

At the seminar, delegates discussed and proposed solutions for the difficulties of Ca Mau tourism such as ensuring the diversity of products and facilities at the destination, especially the Household community tourism, protection of environmental and natural resources, tourism security management as well as human resources training in tourism. Mr. Tran Hieu Hung, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ca Mau province, has received suggestions from experts, media agencies and tour operators. On this occasion, he is pleased to announce to the experts, business enterprises tourism and media units about Decision No. 744 / QD-TTg of the Prime Minister approved the development of National Tourism Mui Ca Mau, Ca Mau Province to June 18, 2030.

By: Thy Dieu

Ca Mau promotes the tourism development cooperation with other provinces and cities in the country

In recent years, the development trend of Vietnam tourism has spread and influenced to the region and the world. In the general development trend, Ca Mau tourism development has also increased rapidly in quantity and quality.

According to the statistics of visitors of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2016 there are 1,069,200 visitors (including 23,120 international visitors) and 2017 with 1,240,000 visitors (including 25,000 international visitors). The turnover of the whole industry reached VND 670 billions, up 35.86% compared to 2016. Considering the number of tourists and Ca Mau tourism revenue has increased in recent years. This proves that for a long time, Ca Mau tourism has been receiving great attention from all sectors and local levels.

Ca Mau is the southernmost of the country, in the Mekong Delta (Mekong Delta), with three sides are long 254 kilometers of coastline, accounting for 7.8% of the coastline of the country. Ca Mau area is about 80,000 km2, one of the four key fishing grounds of the country. In particular, Ca Mau Province has the Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park (National Park) designated by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve, recognized by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat as the 2,088th Ramsar Site of the World and the Ramsar Site 5th of Vietnam.

On June 18, 2018, the Prime Minister approved the General Plan for the development of Mui Ca Mau National Tourism Park, Ca Mau Province until year 2030, creating favorable conditions for Ca Mau tourism particularly and Cuu Long tourism in general for opportunities to change themselves. It also laid the groundwork for the development and upgrading of the tourism infrastructure, thus contributing significantly to the efficient exploitation of tourism potential, the expansion of the tourism link market with key markets. .

With the advantages of unique natural terrain, rich and diverse culture, friendly people, Ca Mau Province has become a province with potential to attract investment, in which investment development for tourism which is considered one of the important directions and has a profound influence on the economic development of the locality.

Ca Mau Province is focusing on effectively exploiting potentials and strengths to develop tourism into an important economic sector to contribute to socio-economic growth and economic restructuring in the direction of gradual increase. The proportion of tourism and services in GDP, creating more employment opportunities, increasing incomes for laborers and the community, increasing budget revenues, building synchronized infrastructure, creating premises for other economic sectors to develop. That is the continuous efforts of Ca Mau Province in the development of tourism.

du-lich-ca-mau-hop-tac-anh-1-768x512Ca Mau province participates in the conference on cooperation and development of tourism in the West of the Mekong Delta

In 2018, with role as a Head Group of tourism development in the western of Mekong Delta (Ca Mau Province, Can Tho Province, An Giang Province, Kien Giang Province, Hau Giang Province, Bac Lieu Province, Soc Trang Province), Ca Mau Province built through the implementation plan of Cooperation program for tourism development in the West of Mekong Delta in year 2018. The plan focuses on the main contents such as cooperation and cooperation in state management; promotion; building tourism products; training human resources for tourism; join the general event. One of the new contents is included in the work plan of year 2018 which is to promote cooperation and cooperation between enterprises in the localities. Accordingly, the Group will actively mobilize, encourage and create conditions for enterprises to organize Gala programs to meet, exchange and cooperate among tourist business enterprises in the Group with enterprises. The Mekong Delta and the key tourist areas of the country to create favorable conditions for enterprises to introduce and cooperate in business activities.

Promoting the role of the Head Group of the Western Tourist Group with positive actions in cooperating and making specific plans to aim to create for the development of tourism in the localities of Ca Mau Province. It has continuously promoted tourism development cooperation to the provinces and cities in the country and abroad.

As a member of the Mekong Delta Tourism Association, Ca Mau always affirms its role and position in coherence, cooperation and development of outreach tourism in the provinces and cities outside the Mekong Delta.

 du-lich-ca-mau-hop-tac-anh-2-768x431Seminar on cooperation and development of tourism in Ha Noi Capital, An Giang Province, Can Tho Province, Kien Giang Province, Bac Lieu Province, Soc Trang Province, Hau Giang Province

From June 18, 2018 to June 23, 2018, the Mekong Delta Tourism Association organizes promotion, connection and development cooperation among provinces in the Mekong Delta Region of the West with provinces such as Quang Binh Province, Ha Tinh Province, Nghe An Province, Thanh Hoa Province, and Ca Mau Province have participated in the seminar and signed a cooperation agreement on the development of tourism routes in the western provinces, opening up opportunities for cooperation and develop tourism for the province together with the above mentioned localities. This affirms the spirit of linking the localities, the promotion and connection of tours, routes, introducing points to create competitiveness in the market, contributing to creating close links to bring tourism in the Mekong Delta to develop strongly.

Ca Mau has also intensified its cooperation, learning and exchanging experience in tourism development with other provinces such as Ben Tre, Long An, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Yen. Frequently, organize the trip to study experiences for tourism managers, enterprises, tourism households in the province and received the positive results in raising the model of building tourism products of the local community.

Ca Mau tourism has been with the advantages and available potential with the deep concern of local authorities in strengthening, cooperating and developing tourism with provinces and cities in the country that will be one of directions for Camau tourism development by accessing potential markets, improving state management capacity, attracting and calling for new investment partners, maximizing the strength of tourism. community-based,  development of information, promotion and tourism promotion.

In 2018, Ca Mau will assume the role of The Cluster Linking Head Group of Tourism Development Cooperation in the Western Mekong Delta and has launched plans to further strengthen tourism cooperation in the country. At the same time, Ca Mau also promotes the responsibility as  a member of the Mekong Delta Tourism Association to take full advantages of the potential advantages and being available to constantly seek opportunities for cooperation and tourism development, bringing the most development tourism in the province. In addition, in cooperation with other localities, Ca Mau province has also expanded cooperation with other countries such as Thailand, Lao and Cambodia through organizing exchanges and study tours. Experience developing community-based tourism in your country.

 By: Duong Kim Chuyen

 National Tourism Planning: What are the opportunities for Tourism of Ca Mau Cape?

On June 18, 2018, the Prime Minister approved the General Plan for the development of Ca Mau Cape  National Park of Ca Mau Province until year 2030. Ca Mau National Tourism Park is located at Ngoc Hien District and a small part is located at Nam Can District of Ca Mau Province. The boundary is defined as follows: The North-Eastern boundary is of Ca Mau Cape National Park in Nam Can District; The Eastern is next to District Road 73; The West is bordered to the Gulf of Thailand  and the South is next to East Sea.

Ca Mau Cape National Park has an area of about 20,100 hectares; of which the development area covers an area of about 2,100 hectares and which is limited: From the South of National Highway 1 (Ho Chi Minh Road) to the East Sea with an average width of 1.4 kilometers and extending from Khai Long Hamlet to  Tourism Cultural Park of Ca Mau Cape Commune to the Ca Mau Cape with a length of about 15 kilometers.

cơ-hội-cho-du-lịch-Mũi-cà-mau-anh-1-768x432Ca Mau Cape: Attractive destination of ecological tourism.

Thus, after being more than five years since the Nam Can Tourist Area (The name is before the adjustment into the Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park) was approved by the list of potential sites for development of national tourism until year 2030. The Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park has been officially planned, creating favorable conditions for Ca Mau tourism particularly, Mekong Delta tourism opportunities to change generally.

The planning of the  Ca Mau Cape  National Tourism Park establishes the bases on which attract and call for investment in the tourism sector. The attraction of investment has been identified as one of the forces of Ca Mau tourism development. With a focus on investment, focus, promote socialization, increase mobilization of resources to invest in development of Ca Mau Cape  National Tourism Park to become the key tourism of Ca Mau province and gradually become a unique ecotourism area of the region. Areas of investment priority includes the development of infrastructure facilities, the system of tourism facilities, the development of eco-tourism products and having high quality, the building of trademarks and the protection of natural resources. environment and tourism, climate change adaptation, human resource training …

cơ-hội-cho-du-lịch-Mũi-cà-mau-anh-2Many works are being completed at Mui Ca Mau  National Tourism Park

In order to create favorable conditions for investment in Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park, the  Plan has identified the solutions about mechanisms and policies: Simplification of administrative procedures, development of preferential mechanisms on credit, giving priority to leasing forest environment … for enterprises and households who are wishing to do ecological tourism business and develop trade of villages; tax breaks and financial incentives for tourism development projects which are based on community. At the same time, to formulate mechanisms and policies to attract socialization of investment in the construction of essential technical infrastructures such as traffic, breakwater …

Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park is planned to become a national tourism site of Dat Mui, creating conditions for diversification of tourism products of the province, ensuring the construction of tourism products, feudal, synchronous and able to connect with other destinations of the country and internationally. Specifically, the tourism products of Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park are divided into three groups:

This is a unique product with the experience of the southernmost point of the country, combined with sightseeing activities, sunrise and sunset. Learn about the sea-going train, experience the shell on the mudflats and luxury yachts in the Gulf of Thailand. Green tourism travel on the basis of green corridor route associated with the mangrove ecosystem. Traveling, spending ecological typical experience of Ong Trang isle.

Mudflat of Ca Mau Cape

Major tourism products are included tourism associated with nature: ecotourism typical of Ca Mau Cape National Touris Park with ecological experience, environmental education tourism and scientific research. Experience the life of the river inhabitants of the local residents: Community tours to villages, landscaping works, daily life of residents of Dat Mui. Traveling to the sea, the island exploits the values of Hon Khoai Island and Khai Long Beach with ecotourism, picnic, entertainment, luxury beach resorts and sea sports. Cultural and historical tours: visit, learn the relics cultural history, revolutionary revolutionary education.

Supplementary tourism products: MICE tourism associated with cultural, arts and sports events; cultural and spiritual tourism associated with the spiritual and religious life of the inhabitants of Dat Mui; Travel associated with specialty shopping, souvenir …

 Many community-based tourism in Dat Mui invests in upgrading the items to serve the growing number of tourists

The General Plan of Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park provides the basis for the development and upgrading of tourist infrastructure, thus contributing significantly to the efficient exploitation of tourism potential and expansion. with other destinations. The proposed plan to exploit direct flights from Hanoi, Phu Quoc, Con Dao to Ca Mau. Building a passenger dock at the center of Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park, opening a water way route linking Hon Khoai Island with Con Dao, Phu Quoc. To build a map of waterway traffic connecting with the tourist sites and areas in the zone, establishing a free high-speed wireless Internet connection.

The general plan of Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park approved to solve the problem of human resources in tourism in the locality. The solutions include the transformation of the occupational model for the households in the area to tourism business, training skills for people. To diversify forms of training, raise the quality of human resources, supplement the training of lecturers in tourist zones. Strengthening links with universities and colleges in tourism training in the Mekong Delta. Priority should be given to local communities to participate in tourism business.

The General Plan of Ca Mau  Cape National Tourism Park identifies the importance of regional cooperation, the construction of inter-provincial, inter-regional and international tours. Strengthen the effectiveness of cooperation programs for tourism development between the Mekong Delta provinces, linking the southern corridor development with Thailand and Cambodia. To build international tourist routes, including National Highway 1 and the southern coastal corridor linking Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park with Camau City, Ha Tien Province. Sihannoukville (Cambodia), Bangkok (Thailand). According to National Highway 1 and Xuyen A Road connecting with Ca Mau Cape National Tourism Park of Camau City and Can Tho City, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Bangkok (Thailand); Waterway links with Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho Province, Tien Giang Province, Vinh Long Province, An Giang Province to Phnom Penh, Siem Riep (Cambodia). To renovate and upgrade inter-provincial tourist routes (especially connecting with Con Dao Island, Phu Quoc Island and internal tourist routes in the area.

In addition to the opportunities, becoming a national tourism site for the tourism sector in particular and Ca Mau tourism speaks of challenges such as livelihoods for communities, environmental protection, natural preservation. biodiversity and marine resources, security and national defense, response to climate change and rising of sea level.

By: Thy Dieu

Visiting Ca Mau Province, experiencing community tourism

Ca Mau is the southernmost land of the country where the nature has offered numberous and various specialities. Having a special geographic location with three sea borders, and a 245km coastline, Ca Mau sea has had a reputation for an abundant source of shrimps and fish nationwide. Ca Mau is a destination with two national parks, namely Ca Mau Cape National Park and U Minh Ha National Park. Ca Mau Cape National Park is recognized by UNESCO as the world’s Biosphere Reserve and  the 2,088th Ramsar site. Ca Mau’s natural advantages such as the interlacing system of rivers and canals, the immense forests of mangrove and Melaleuca coupled with uniquely beautiful island clusters like Hon Khoai, Hon Chuoi, Da Bac have made the province a beautiful landscape picture of forest and sea. These are favorable conditions for Ca Mau to develop eco-tourism, nature tourism, leisure trips…community-based tourism. Among them, community- based tourism has currently favoured by many Vietnamese and foreign visitors.

Community-based tourism is a typical tourism products of the river land Ca Mau. The tourists can discover the place where “the land grows, forest moves and sea spreads”, eat and stay with locals, and live the life of the local communities. From Ca Mau city to Nam Can District and then to Dat Mui, in addition to Ca Mau Cape Tourism and Culture Park, tourists can reach community-based tourism sites located in the trasition zone of Ca Mau Cape National Park. There is a multitude of activities to explore such as: visiting oyster floating cages, catching shrimp, crab, fish, mud clam, scallop, three-stripped crab at night, etc. In addition, visitors can enjoy the fresh cool air when travelling on boats in the middle of immense mangrove forest. When the tide is low, visitors can also get on speed boats to admire the scenery of spacious mudflat covered by immense sea, to catch a glimpse of the sunrise in the dawn and the sunset in the twilight; or cast an eye on the lively atmostphere when birds flock to the mudflat to forage, drawing a majestic picture of the great nature and sea.

Leaving communities in Dat Mui, should you still have time, let’s take a trip to the communities in U Minh Ha National Park. The tourist products here are equally interesting, special and attractive where tourists can take boats to experience activities like eating bee honey, catching fish using net or wooden traps, catching turtle, snake, eel… or adventurously follow craftsmen in collecting honey, truly feeling their hardship to bring drops of shining golden honey to the visitors near and far, throughout the geographical distance to foreign visitors.

Apart from admiring the beautiful scenery of forests and the sea, visitors in Ca Mau should not miss trying the very “Ca Mau” dishes such as: grilled giant mudskipper with salt and chili, braised spotted scat with Cayralia trifolia fruits, grilled oyster with spring oninon and oil, roasted blood cockle with tanmarind, steamed crab with beer, fried obtuse horn shell with coconut milk, boiled shrimp, fermented fish hot pot, baby bee salad, grilled snakehead fish, braised eel with noni leaves, etc and many more tasty foods that make visitors eat once and remember forever with bold but simple and idyllic flavors. Your experience will be more complete if you combine these tasty dishes with a glass of wine made from fermented Cayralia trifolia; or bee pollen wax. All blend into a sense of ecstasy at the tip of your tongue that anyone who has once enjoyed cannot forget.

In the transquil atmostphere, the sounds from the folk songs will make your heart sob once you have the opportunity to enjoy. In addition, the cool air mixed with the feeling of getting close to the nature during staying at the community homestays is also a wonderful and poetic experience.

Community-based tourism hosts in Ca Mau:

– Ba Sú – Dat Mui ecotourism Homestay

Address: Cồn Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 916 124 007 (Mr. Khái) / (+84) 947 327 347

Website: https://dulichhomestaydatmui.com/

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/Khudulichsinhthaicongdong3su

Email: dulichhomestaydatmui@gmail.com

– Nguyễn Hùng – Dat Mui community based ecotourism site

Address: Cồn Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 914.650.622 – (+84) 947.216.798 – (+84) 981.484.098

Website: http://dulichmuicamau.com/

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/dulichdatmui/

Email: homestaynguyenhung@gmail.com

– Trần Văn Hướng community-based ecotouism site

Address: Cồn Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 1257. 692 361/ (+84) 169 641 7989

– Quách Văn Ngãi – Dat Mui ecotourism Homestay

Address: Cồn Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 1279.828 249 hoặc (+84) 918.996 956

Website: http://dulichsinhthaidatmui.com/

Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/0971532655/

Email: datmuihomestay@gmail.com.

–Nguyễn Văn Nhuần – Dat Mui Community Tourism

Addess: Cồn Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 919.186.419 – (+84) 946.077.707

Website: http://dulichcongdongnguyenvannhuan.com/

Email: missdung362016@gmail.com

Fanpage: Đặc Sản Cà Mau.

– Hương Đất Mũi Ecotourism restaurant Homestay

Address: Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 2903.52 68 68 / Mr Hon (+84) 913122214/ Mr Đượm (+84) 916 891 302

Email: gianghoanghon@gmail.com/ luhanhcamau@gmail.com.

– Hoàng Hôn – Dat Mui Community ecotourism site (Dat Mui Oyster Keeping Cooperative)

Address: Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển Commune.

Phone: (+84) 918 541 456 – Mr. Hôn

Website: http://dulichmuicamau.vn/

–Rừng Đước Ecotourism site

Address: Mũi Hamlet, Đất Mũi Commune, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 944 522 766 – Mr. Hòa

– Tư Tỵ – Rach goc Tourist Rest stop

Address: Rạch Gốc  Town, Ngọc Hiển District.

Phone: (+84) 2906 595 959/ (+84) 868 952 979

– Mười Ngọt Community Ecotourism Site

Phone: (+84) 942 655 056 – Mr Khanh

Address: Hamlet 4, Khánh Bình Tây Bắc Commune, Trần Văn Thời District.

Photo and article: Kiều Trang

Promoting tourism in Ca Mau through competitions

In recent years, in order to meet the growth of tourism industry as well as to improve the efficiency of promotion activities, Ca Mau has organized many competitions to create the banks of content, images and in other forms to serve promotion and information tasks for Ca Mau tourism.

In addition to encouraging the creation of high quality products, the competitions have significantly contributed to promotion activities, attracting the attention from numerous people inside and outside the province, thereby enhancing citizens’ pride and understandings of the beauty and brand of Ca Mau tourism.

One competition that attracted a great deal of public’s attention nationwide was Ca Mau Tourism Logo and Slogan Design Contest held in 2016, in response to the series of activities celebrating 20th anniversary of re-establishment of Ca Mau province (01/01/1997- 01/01/2017). The contest aimed to build and perfect the brand identity system for Ca Mau tourism, supporting the tourism information and promotion activities. The competition with the media plan attracted a great deal of attention from the public to learn and understand about Ca Mau tourism. The contest has found an impressive logo to position and identify Ca Mau tourism brand, contributing to build and develop the brand of Ca Mau tourism.

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Explaining the idea of Logo Ca Mau tourism (by the author)

The winning logo was inspired from the natural feature “growing land, moving forest” of the province being conveyed via graphic language. The letter C simulates the acute angle in the shape of Dat Mui on map, represented by three consecutive colors aiming to express the characteristic of sea encroachment through the accretion and accumulation of fertile alluvium. It is this feature that brings the feeling of “growing land” as unique anthropomorphism. The letter M is stylized with three sequentially shaped pieces which assemble the endless green forests stretching out from the ground; where the soil blooms, then the trees root right there. “First Avicenna, then mangrove, next cajuput”, the three plant species which are compared to the three People contributing in the reclamation of Ca Mau land. The logo of Ca Mau Tourism is used as an important component in the brand identity, presents frequently and constantly in tourist information publications and the exhibition of Ca Mau Tourism.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of the province 01/01/1997 – 01/01/2017, before Dinh Dau spring 2017, on December 31st, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held the Culinary contest “Ca Mau Delicacies” 2016. The contest was an opportunity for professional and amateur chefs to interact, compete as well as exchange, learn and improve their skills. The event attracted the attention and participation of 17 competing teams including 34 contestants representing bodies, organizations and individuals doing business in the field of tourist food and beverage in the province.

hoi thi am thuc ca mauThe judges are evaluating the entries.

The contest aimed to motivate and encourage organizations, individuals and enterprises operating in the field of tourism services to improve artistic merit for the delicacies of the province.

In 2017, Ca Mau Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism collaborated with the Literature and Arts Association to organize the competition and exhibition “Ca Mau Tourism Photo Contest 2017″. The contest aimed to establish and enriched the bank of photos serving the promotion and advertising of Ca Mau tourism. Through the competition activities and exhibition, the event encouraged and honored the authors of novel unique works reflecting beautiful sceneries of Ca Mau land and people, aiming to introduce, propagate and advertise the culture, people, the landscapes, tourist attractions as well as to promote the image of Ca Mau to tourists worldwide.

The competition received 411 entries from 22 authors inside and outside the province. There were many works of with high quality of art, meeting the contest’s criteria including creativity, originality, and precise reflection of the natural beauty of culture, life and people in the southernmost area of Vietnam through the lens of travel.

anh dep du lich ca mauGrand opening of The 3rd Ca Mau tourism photo exhibition 2017

Organizing Committee selected the top 3 works to give awards and 51 works to exhibit at President Ho Chi Minh Memorial from 31/8 – 6/9/2017 in response to the 72nd anniversary of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (2/9/1945- 2/9/2017). The competition and photo exhibition  attracted much interest and impressed delegates, tourists and citizens inside and outside the province.

The photos selected from the contest are being used effectively in the tasks of introduction, advertisement and promotion of Ca Mau tourism in relevant events, contributing significantly to characterize the provincial attractions.

gian hang du lich ca mauCa Mau Tourism boot in HCMC Tourism Day April 2018

In the coming year 2018, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the Association of Literature and Arts, the Association of journalists – Ca Mau Province, the Department of Industry and Trade, relevant agencies and units will organize some other contests. “Song competition about Ca Mau” in 2018 will search for new songs about the history, nature, land, tourism destinations, socio-economic achievements and cultural identities, which can be used in promotion programs, events, publications of Ca Mau tourism. The contest aims to create spillover effects, motivating the learning and the love toward Ca Mau tourism; creating an exciting platform for professional and amateur authors to engage and compose songs about Ca Mau; promote the creativity, honor the authors, works with high prizes at the contest.

The writing contest “Ca Mau in my heart” in 2018 aims to evoke the pride toward the beauty of the land and people in Ca Mau for Camauese in general and especially educate the love toward homeland for the young generation in particular. The competition also encourages and honors the outstanding entries which can reflect unique cultural identity of Ca Mau people and land. The contest will contribute to attract and engage citizens into the communication of Ca Mau tourism, thus promoting the love of each individual to their homeland and Ca Mau destination.

The Contest Ca Mau tourism Souvenir and gifts 2018 will search for current tourist souvenir gifts and newly unique and attractive products which can express the characteristics of Ca Mau to meet the shopping demand of domestic and foreign tourists, significantly serving the foreign affairs and cultural exchange activities of departments, branches and organizations. Particularly, the entries from the contest can contribute significantly to introduce the brand of Ca Mau as a safe and friendly and attractive destination. The competition aims to arouse the pride toward Ca Mau – the southernmost tip of the country, preserve and promote the cultural traditions of Ca Mau to the tourists domestically and overseas.

Having attractive prizes spiritually and practically, together with professional organizing and communication activities, Ca Mau tourism contests are expected to generate a great deal of the public‘s attention and widely participated by people in Ca Mau and the whole country. The competitions surely create high quality works that importantly support propaganda and promotion of the province’s tourism. What’s more, these events also possibly create spillover effects, bring anyone living in Ca Mau, and those who have come or will come to Ca Mau many opportunities to learn and improve their understandings of the nature, culture and people of the southernmost tip of the country, and thereby nurture their love and pride towards Ca Mau./.

In the report summarizing the 2017 and plan orientation for 2018, Ca Mau tourism sector determines that promotion and advertising are of the core solutions to thrive. To achieve this, Ca Mau tourism needs to focus on effective implementation of the Tourism Promotion Program by renovating and diversifying the implementation’s form and manner to create effectively breakthrough activities. Promoting tourism through competitions is one of new trends, which is expected to contribute effectively to educate local citizens for better understandings of the beauty of Ca Mau tourism, towards the target: each local is a tourist guide.

Written by Thy Dieu, Photo by: Dai Ngoan

Understand the know-how of developing community-based tourism in Trat Province, Thailand

Situated closely to the Cambodian border, Trat is the easternmost province of Thailand, more than 300 km far from Bangkok city. This place has a unique landscape with over 50 islands and long beaches with beautiful coral reefs; mixed with mangrove forests, orchards…What’s more, Trat inhabitants have created community-based tourism products by cleverly combining the picturesque landscapes and unique local cultural features. When visitors arrive, they discover and experience the way in which local communities organize, manage and operate the tourist products here. It is a rewarding experience because everything goes in a well-managed order, but it comes very naturally as if there were no forced preparations involved. Visitors will have a chance to expose into the inhabitants’ life, like guests being warmly and hospitably welcomed by the hosts.

Having an opportunity to understand about the model of community-based tourism (CBT) at the Community College located in Trat province, we understand that every single experience of visitors is the result of a meticulous process of instructing, building and empowering between local authorities, experts and the communities; of the share, coordination and cooperation backed by the mutual understandings between individuals in the community who have the same belief, respect and support for each other. They are community-based tourism villages in Trat Province.

du lich ca mau tai Thai LanThe introductory session about the model of community based tourism at Community College in Trat Province

The experts share that the process of building a community-based tourism product consists of 10 steps: Identify potentials of the destinations; Study the feasibility of collaborating with local communities to develop tourism; Determine the vision and goals to choose the best developmental methods; Plan to prepare the community for the management over tourism; Establish the guidance to instruct the community in organizing and operating tours; Design tour itineraries; Train  local tourist guides; Train the skills of promoting and advertising tourist products; Pilot; Monitor and evaluate to accumulate the experiences for the next plan.

The community tourist attractions in Trat province are established quite naturally based on the long-standing habits local residents. It can be the Baan Huai Raeng Community in Muang district where the inhabitants live along the Huai Raeng, one of the world’s most fertile canals, with three ecosystems: fresh, brackish and saltwater. It can also be a fishing village along the coast on the southern edge of Salak Khok Bay, on the beautiful Koh Chang Island. And if you want to experience the unique religious culture, the peaceful coexistence of Buddhism and Islam, then you should go to the Baan Nam Chieo community, in Lam Ngob district, which also has unique natural landscapes of fertile mangrove forests.

du lich ca mau tai Thai Lan 2Visiting mangrove forest in Trat Province

According to the experts from Thailand Community Based Tourism Network Coordination Center, in order for tourists to have the most authentic experiences as well as to guarantee the livelihoods of the communities, the daily production are maintained normally together with tourism activities in a vibrant and parallel manner. Even, tourism modestly accounts for a small proportion of the economic revenue here. The communities want to welcome and host a reasonable number of guests to ensure the best experience for the guests without interfering economic activities, as well as eliminating any possible hazards to traditional cultural and religious values of the communities. This is necessary to ensure that the income of the communities does not depend on tourism, given the fact that tourism is very sensitive under the impact of social environments such as the economic crisis, epidemics… which may occur and affect the number of visitors to the place.

du lich ca mau tai Thai Lan 3Mr. Tran Hieu Hung, Director of Ca Mau Province Department of Culture, Sports and tourism, the crew’s leader was giving a photo of Ca Mau to Trat Province

Noticeably, community-based tourist attractions in Trat province belong to the CBT system of Thailand with many subdivisions such as North, South, Central and Northeast. Thailand Community Based Tourism Network Coordination Center (CBT-N-CC) is the governing body of CBT sites, promoting and acting as the focal point for business cooperation with travel agencies. To become a partner, tour operators contact and provide necessary information about their needs before CBT-N-CC recommends the most appropriate community products based on their requirements. The parties agree to go through cooperative terms on the roles and responsibilities of each party, ensuring that the process of exploiting the tours satisfies sustainable development conditions for the sake of companies and still maintains the values ​​of the local community.

 

du lich ca mau tai Thai Lan 4Signing the memorandum of understanding between Trat Province Department of Tourism and Sports and Ca Mau Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism

It is definitely community-based tourism, the kind of tourism that ensures the sustainability for the environment, society and culture. It is managed and possessed by communities, for communities, for the purpose of allowing visitors to enhance their awareness and understandings about the local community and their way of life. Community-based tourism in Trat contributes significantly to the sustainable development of social, political and cultural conditions; ecological environment; and the economy of local people of the province in particular and the whole Thailand in general./.

From 06/3/2018 to 13/3/2018, Ca Mau Provincial People’s Committee organized an exploration crew to survey, exchange and learn the experiences of community-based tourism development in Trat province – Thailand, led by Mr. Tran Hieu Hung, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Trat province has similar conditions for tourism development to Ca Mau province. However, the province has successfully developed community-based tourism thanks to the effective and conscientious organization through management boards of each community in assigning specific tasks (transportation, service guidance, product development, etc.) and appropriate sharing benefits to the community. Every year, Trat receives over 1.7 million tourists, mainly international visitors.

Article: Thy Dieu. Photo: Khanh Vy