Ca Mau: Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism celebrating the end-year summation in 2015, orientation to 2016

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Mr.Tran Hong Quan – Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee talking at the conference

At the conference on the occasion of early New Year, Mr.Tran Hong Quan – Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee had adopted a number of highlights that tourism area had successfully conpleted in 2015 with achieving particular accomplishment, remainning a steady-state growth , contributing on achievement great success of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the local. Let’s look back all of tourism success of Ca Mau Province as follow:

Remainning a steady-state growth under the circumstances of the whole country’s general difficult situation

In the past year, faced with a series of difficulties in the filed of tourism of the whole country, Ca Mau tourism gets an active performance in order to overcome its obstacles, stays firm, develops steadily and keeps growing constantly.

In 2015, the city has been welcomed and served approximately 21.050 international participations and 965.500 regional visitors, raising the amount number of visitor travelling to Ca Mau up to 986.550 participations, achieving 100.67 percent in comparation with the approved plans, increasing nearly 7.57 percent compared to the same period last year – 2014. It is very impression number that Ca Mau tourism has never reached before at the time of the whole country dropping into general difficult situation. Gaining the result above is due to the concern of leaders of province, departments, social commutiy being more consious and actively responding activities, tourism events, efforts to rise of enterprises in which strengthen linking, cooperation, intensify activities of tourism broadcast and promotion.

Confirmming a steady-state development of community-based ecotourism

Recently, in term of community-based ecotourism is greatly encouraged in the movivation of visitors, the sales pitch to them, centres on the observation of nature in Ca Mau province.

The year 2015 is a year to gain great success in term of community-based ecotourism in Ca Mau province from several models of community-based ecotourism at four households staying at Ca Mau cape National Park. Only counting unique the number of travellers visiting four households in which is performed a model of community-based ecotourism within 2015 achieved over11.000 participations, providing stable incomes from tourist, contributing to   solve unemployment problem, eliminating hunger and reduce poverty in rural areas in Ca Mau province.

In order to boost the above successes, Ca Mau tourism constructed many travel routes, speeding up  tourism cooperation, creating favourable conditions to develop tourist, especially in term of community-based ecotourism at Lower U Minh Forest. On February 24th 2016, Muoi Ngot community-based ecotourism opened and put in to operation for welcoming tourists and visitors. Muoi Ngot community-based ecotourism had a total area of about 60 hectares, located at Hamlet 4, Khanh Binh Tay Bac commune, Tran Van Thoi district, was far away from the central of Ca Mau nearly 40km and along with the tour route Ca Mau city – Lower U Minh National Park – Da Bac Island.

This is also a place in which attract a lot of visitors and travellers beause of its special characteristics of Lower U Minh forest region with renowed products such as art of “honey hunter”, enjoying local foods and experience folk games and other activities like eating honey, fishing plug, catching turtle, snake, putting eel-pots, nets, fish-pot, fishing and so on.

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Overview of Pond Capturing at Muoi Ngot tourist

Forming and operating Muoi Ngot community-based ecotourism is not only contribution to diversify tourism products, creation of a “particular brand” of Ca Mau tourism, but also demonstrating the effective model of community-based ecotourism that Ca Mau tourism look for.

Operating to the technical traffic routes: Ho Chi Minh to Dat Mui

As a momentous turning-point of Ca Mau tourism which is the technical traffice routes: Ho Chi Minh to Dat Mui opening and operating to traffic into Ho Chi Minh road – the main construction  of the nation, starting point of the project at Pac Bo (Cao Bang province) and ending point at Dat Mui (Ca Mau province), the length of this project is 3.183 km throughout 28 cities and provinces.

Project construction of Ho Chi Minh segment Nam Can – Dat Mui has the total length of 59km, throughout Nam Can and Ngoc Hien districts, starting work in May 2009. At the ceremony of traffice project construction: Ho Chi Minh – Dat Mui route in Ca Mau province occuring on January 16th 2016, the segment from Nam Can bridge to Dat Mui has length of 58.7km which is basically completed to traffic from Nam Can commune to Dat Mui.

Up to now, tourists can travel to Ca Mau cape Culture – Tourism Park, where is the only place having the national landmark with the pentagram numbered GPS 0001 on the whole country, the southernmost point of the nation by road for both saving a lot of time and opening many choices for tourists on selection other different means of transportation in order to come to Dat Mui.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a facility symbolic of the Ha Noi flagpole in Ca Mau Cape

In a series of the important events of Ca Mau province, on January 16th 2016, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, Former Leaders of the Party, Governments, accompany with the delegation of the Central attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a facility symbolic of the Ha Noi flagpole at Ca Mau Cape Culture – Tourism Park.

A symbolic of the Ha Noi flagpole at Ca Mau is going to build in the area of 1.6 hectares, locating at Zone 1 – Ca Mau Cape Culture – Tourism Park in which is the only place having the national landmark with the pentagram numbered GPS 0001 on the whole country and is also a special and typical tourism destination of Ca Mau province. A symbolic of the Ha Noi flagpole in Ca Mau Cape will be constructed at the cost of VND 140 billion ($6.3 million), funded by the capital city of Ha Noi and through other resources. The construction of the Ha Noi Flag Tower in Ca Mau province has an important significance about culture, history, and tourism, contributing to improving the image of Ha Noi as well as closer cohesion between the people in the Capital and local residents in the south of the nation. In the future, the construction  is not just a mere architectural beauty, but also a highlight to attract travellers and tourists to visit the cape of Ca Mau.

Gaining an actively efficiency from Information work and tourism broadcast

Gaining the above successes of Ca Mau tourism has an efforts to rise of enterprises in which strengthen linking, cooperation, intensify activities of tourism broadcast and promotion, beginning of publishing a lot of bilingual tourism presses: Vietnamese – English, then combining good organization of  fair and exhibition activities in the field of tourism in and out the country; concentrating on preparing to join in activities of the National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – Kien Giang – Mekong Delta and deploy the plans to organize Nghinh Ong Festival 2016 at Song Doc, Tran Van Thoi district.

In general, in 2015, Ca Mau Province Tourism Promotion and Information Center has completely performed as a role of advisor for Director of Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism carrying out tourism activities such as information work, tourism broadcast, management and deployment of implement efficiency of the projects due to Government’s investment for the province as well as becoming a bridge connection to make strengthen linking, cooperation, and intensify activities of tourism broadcast and promotion between enterprises in and out the province with each other.

On the ocassion,  Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, People’s Committee donated certificates of merit to collectivities and individualities of Ca Mau Province Tourism Promotion and Information Center.

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Collectivities and individualities of Ca Mau Province Tourism Promotion and Information Center receiving certificate of merit from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Finally, the conference also pass through a sense of direction, duty in the field of tourism for the next year 2016. Concerning in calling investment at home and abroad for tourism projects in the tourism destinations, raising more and more specific ecotourism products, guiding a tour to Dat Mui, Da Bac island, Lower U Minh forest, continuing to vary forms and contents and intensify activities of tourism broadcast and promotion.

Writer and Photo: Thy Dieu

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