Thai experts assist Mekong Delta province in community-based tourism development

By VNA   September 22, 2023 | 07:33 pm PT
Thai experts assist Mekong Delta province in community-based tourism development
Ben Tre is known as Vietnam's coconut kingdom. Photo by Do Minh Tan
Thai experts have visited the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre to prepare for the implementation of a project on sustainably developing coastal communities based on ecotourism and applying the philosophy of sufficiency economy.

From September 20 - 21, they visited the districts of Binh Dai, Ba Tri, Thanh Phu, and Cho Lach to experience tourism activities linked with the mangrove forest ecosystem, those typical for the water-connected culture in the Mekong Delta, and the ornamental flower village of Cho Lach.

Through the trip, they assessed the capacity and learned the wishes of local households to help with sustainable development of community-based tourism.

A representative of the Thai Consulate General in HCMC said the project in Ben Tre will help improve the capacity of both local tourism manpower and people engaging in community-based tourism.

It will also assist them to improve skills in developing a community-based tourism ecosystem, managing community-based tourism supply and demand, and increasing the value of the products and services imbued with local communities’ identities.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung, deputy director of the Ben Tre Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the province boasts considerable potential and advantages for community-based tourism development.

This type of tourism has been promoted to meet tourists’ demand, boost economic restructuring, provide jobs for locals, improve people’s life quality, and popularize the province’s images to Vietnamese and foreign visitors.

Ben Tre targets that by 2025, tourism will have become an important economic sector while the province will have established itself as one of the leading ecological and cultural tourism destinations in the Mekong Delta for international visitors, and also a leading destination in this region for short-term holidays of domestic tourists.

By 2025, tourism revenue is expected to reach VND2.3 - 3.2 trillion (US$94.6 - 131.6 million) while the sector’s annual growth rate is projected at 22 - 25% and its direct contribution to the province’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) at at least 6%.

Meanwhile, tourism is hoped to become a truly spearhead sector securing sustainable development and boosting the development of others by 2030. Tourism revenue is targeted at VND3.8 - 6 trillion, the sector’s annual growth rate at 24 - 25%, and direct contribution to the GRDP 10% by that time.

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