Proposal for linking international tours from Phu Quoc to Can Tho and the Mekong Delta
TTO – Mr. Dao Anh Dung, Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee proposes to design tours linking Can Tho to the provinces of the Mekong Delta so that tourism products are always new and attract tourists.
There were many test flights to Can Tho International Airport, but later regular flights could not be open. Photo: A test flight from Can Tho City to Thailand – Photo: Chi Quoc
Speaking at the meeting of the research team for developing the project for increasing the operation of airlines to Can Tho International Airport on July 12, 2017, Mr. Vo Huy Cuong – Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (Team leader) said that when there was no international route to Can Tho, should international flights be developed in Phu Quoc and then connected to Can Tho and the Mekong Delta?
“Previously, Da Nang aiport had only domestic flights and there were only two flights to Thailand every week but now the situation has changed. Khanh Hoa province did a good job.The Melkong Delta has the fresh air, why can we do?” Mr. Cuong asked.
According to Mr. Cuong, the dialogue mechanism should be opened up with domestic and international airlines, thereby the tourism companies have the opportunity to join. The authorities need to know why they and passengers have not been interested in Can Tho airlines.
At the meeting, the representative of Vietnam Aviation Corporation also said that upon investment, Can Tho international airport was identified as the main gateway of this city and the Mekong Delta.
The statistics show that there are three passenger groups, including business travelers (to save time for doing business), tourists and officials on business trip.
Therefore, it is necessary to have an attraction mechanism for each of these subjects. In particular, it is necessary to encourage officers to use Can Tho airport and design specific products for tourists. Each province should identify their products and create a chain of 4-5 days tourism products for visitors. It is unnecessary to maintain the fruit garden model from one province to another.
In addition, the representative of Vietnam Aviation Corporation also said that it was necessary to establish coordination regulations among provinces in the Mekong Delta in the exploitation of airports because it was the separate airport of not only Can Tho City but also the Mekong Delta.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dao Anh Dung, Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee, said that Can Tho International Airport belonged to not only Can Tho City but also the Mekong Delta.
According to Mr. Dung, tourism routes should be built to link Can Tho to the provinces of the Mekong Delta so that tourism products were always new and attracted tourists. Tourism companies played the leading role in this task.
On May 17, 2017, Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam decided to set up a the research team for developing the project for increasing the operation of airlines to Can Tho International Airport led by Mr. Vo Huy Cuong.
The task of this team is to make the overall assessment on the aviation market to and from Can Tho in particular and the Southwestern region in general; coordinate with tourism agencies and enterprises in setting up the development cooperation programs of aviation and tourism products to and from this region as well as to connect tourists here to domestic and international tourism destinations.
The team also sets up a policy system to assist Vietnam Aviation Corporation and international airlines to develop new routes to Can Tho; establishes a roadmap for investment and upgrading infrastructure of Can Tho airport to step by step become the base for airlines in Vietnam.
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