Mekong Delta’s tourism sector seeks ways to take off

Last update 16:13 | 10/06/2017

Experts and travel operators gathered at a workshop in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on June 9 to seek ways to promote the region’s tourism potential.

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Dr. Ho Thanh Tam, from the Can Tho College, underlined the need to develop infrastructure, create a favourable investment environment for tourism, enhance connections among localities, build special tourism products and promote personnel training for the sector.

The regional provinces and cities should call for more domestic and foreign investment in local infrastructure facilities by offering open mechanisms and simplifying administrative procedures, Tam said.

Dr. Nguyen Quang Trung, from the Ho Chi Minh City Technology University, said the ASEAN Community has implemented the Mutual Recognition Agreement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP). Therefore, it is necessary to accelerate the application of the ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals (ACCSTP) and the Common ASEAN Training Curricula (CATC), he elaborated.

Enterprises should be encouraged to join the training process while promoting international cooperation in the field to ensure skilful and qualified human resources for the sector, Trung noted.

He cited the data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) as saying that only 30 percent of tour guides in the region are granted professional certificates. There is no educational institution in the region offering post-graduate training programmes on tourism.

Trung suggested that the focus should be placed on labour demand forecasting to make a database to develop more relevant training programmes. Educational institutions should connect closely with tourism companies to offer tailor-made training and hands-on training services, he said, adding that Can Tho University should take a leading role in training human resources for tourism in the region.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi My Duyen, from An Giang University, said each locality in the region should offer their typical tourism products. For example, Can Tho City is renowned for its river tours, orchards and home-stay services. An Giang province has huge potential for spiritual tourism while Kien Giang develops its sea tourism in Phu Quoc island.

They should also connect with each other to offer joint tours, featuring their respective potential, such as “community – spirituality – sea and island” tours, Duyen said.

In 2016, the Mekong Delta region earned 11.3 trillion VND (497.2 million USD) from tourism, up 24 percent from 2015.

In the first three months of this year, Can Tho city – a centre of the region, welcomed over 1.86 million visitors, up 10 percent year on year. The city’s tourism sector earned 496 billion VND (21.8 million USD) in the period, up 2 percent year on year.

VNA

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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