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Ba Ria – Vung Tau – attractive leisure tourism destination ​

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With a 300km long coast line and diverse terrains from rivers, mountains to sea and hot springs, along with many special national historical sites, Ba Ria – Vung Tau has favourable conditions to develop high-class leisure tourism combined with sight-seeing and sport tourism.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau – attractive leisure tourism destination ​ hinh anh 1An overview of Bai Truoc beach in Vung Tau city, with Bach Dinh relic and the provincial museum prominent on the left. (Photo: Huynh Ngoc Son/VNA)

Ba Ria-Vung Tau, – With a 300km long coast line and diverse terrains from rivers, mountains to sea and hot springs, along with many special national historical sites, Ba Ria – Vung Tau has favourable conditions to develop high-class leisure tourism combined with sight-seeing and sport tourism.

The province’s location in the southeastern region, bordering many southern economic hubs such as Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai and Binh Thuan provinces, is also an advantage for Ba Ria – Vung Tau to attract both domestic and international visitors. 

* Developing diverse tourism products

In the 11-month period from January to November this year, Ba Ria – Vung Tau welcomed around 12 million visitors, equal to nearly 350% of the yearly plan and up 248% from the same period last year, according to the provincial Tourism Department.  The outstanding result is attributable to the province’s efforts to upgrade and diversify its tourism products and services.    

Over the recent past, Ba Ria – Vung Tau has invested in many high-class leisure tourism properties, which has helped the province attracted both domestic and international tourists. Some examples are Morito Beach Ho Tram, Ixora Ho Tram by Fusion, Hyatt Regency Ho Tram Resort & Spa, Binh Chau Hot Spring Resort, and Coastar Estates Ho Tram. 

Ba Ria – Vung Tau – attractive leisure tourism destination ​ hinh anh 2Tropicana Ho Tram (Xuyen Moc district), part of the Novaworld Ho Tram Tropicana project, offers many high-class services such as a 16ha water park, a 5,000 sq.m salt water pool, a playground for children, a kayaking route, a Kid Farm and a cuisine complex (Photo: Huynh Ngoc Son/VNA)

Besides luxurious accommodations, local tourist and service firms have developed various entertainment, leisure, cuisine and health care services to create added value to visitors’ vacation trips to Ba Ria – Vung Tau.  For example, during the National Day holiday in September, a music gala called Let’s Charm Fest was held at Charm Resort Ho Tram, and the Hamptons Plaza Ho Tram commercial-service street was inaugurated, offering international-standard services and the Hamptons Pier, the first pier in Vietnam and the longest in Asia. Those events created a pleasant surprise to visitors and added excitement to their stay.

Nguyen Dinh Khang, a tourist from Thu Duc City in Ho Chi Minh City, said the The Grand Ho Tram Strip leisure and entertainment complex in Ba Ria – Vung Tau’s Xuyen Moc district is only 100km from Ho Chi Minh City, and just over 35km from Vung Tau city, so it is convenient for tourists to travel there.

He added that the complex offers various luxury services along with many promotional campaigns, so visitors always feel satisfied and refreshed after each vacation there. 

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Tourists at the Binh Chau Onsen in Novaworld Ho Tram project in Xuyen Moc district. (Photo: Huynh Ngoc Son/VNA)

A representative of the five-star Marina Bay Resort& Spa in Vung Tau city said the facility attracts visitors, especially those travelling with families, during holidays or on weekends, because it is located in Tran Phu street, the most romantic road in the city that runs between the mountain and a beautiful beach. 

In addition, the resort offers a wide range of experimental services like activities designed to help users relax, or romantic dinners. Service packages are also tailored to meet the needs of different types of visitors. 

According to Vice Chairwoman of Vung Tau city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, Vung Tau now has diverse tourism forms and products, such as weekend leisure tourism, sea sport tourism, sight-seeing tours to historical relics and landscapes, MICE (Meeting-Incentive-Conference-Event) tourism, and eco-tourism. 

The tourism industry has step by step combined tourism with cultural and art events and sport competitions. Local travel agencies have paid attention to creating new tours and routes, especially tours inside the city for visitors arriving on cruise, and river and sea tours.

Vung Tau currently counts more than 1,200 tourism accommodation establishments, including 14 luxury ones. Over the past two years, new types of accommodations have emerged, such as condotel, tourist villa and homestay. Each year, Vung Tau city serves about 6 million of visitors who come for sightseeing or leisure purposes.

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Tourists enjoy hot spring services at the Binh Chau Onsen in Novaworld Ho Tram project in Xuyen Moc district. (Photo: Huynh Ngoc Son/VNA)

* Maintaining civilized, safe and attractive environment for tourism

According to leaders of the province Tourism Department, to achieve sustainable development and maintain its reputation as a key destination in the national tourism map, Ba Ria – Vung Tau has always attached importance to building and maintaining a civilized, safe and attractive environment for tourism. All localities in the province have implemented specific and practical measures to ensure that every visitor feels that Ba Ria – Vung Tau is really a civilized, safe and friendly destination.

Phan Trong Hanh, head of the Culture-Information Bureau of Vung Tau city, said Vung Tau has been awarded the title of ASEAN Clean Tourist City twice by the ASEAN Tourism Forum. The city has effectively implemented criteria relating to environmental management, cleanliness, authority and community’s awareness about environmental protection and cleanliness, green spaces, health care and urban safety for tourists, tourism infrastructure, and meeting facilities.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau – attractive leisure tourism destination ​ hinh anh 5An overview of Bai Sau beach, Vung Tau city, which is a favourite for many tourists for its cleanliness and convenient location near many tourism service facilities. (Photo: Huynh Ngoc Son/VNA)

In order to continue keeping the title of ASEAN Clean Tourist City and maintain  a civilized, safe and attractive tourism environment, Vung Tau is paying attention to the management of natural landscapes like beaches, forests on mountains, mangrove forests, and rivers serving tourism. The city attaches great importance to environmental protection work through reducing plastic waste, protecting and caring for greenery, raising awareness about the environment, maintaining a healthy tourism environment, ensuring security and safety for both local residents and visitors, while making investment in infrastructure, transport and other facilities towards sustainable and to turn Vung Tau into a smart tourism city as well as a worth-living city./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/ba-ria-vung-tau-attractive-leisure-tourism-destination/244585.vnp

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New products, services needed to reach tourism targets

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To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 1Visitors to Hanoi on a bus tour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion
VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop
more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

The
VNDirect Securities JSC held that the aviation and tourism industries will
record breakthrough growth from 2023 thanks to the strong recovery of
international markets.

The
number of foreign arrivals in Vietnam is predicted to completely return to pre-pandemic
levels by next year 2024 and be equivalent to 118.9% of the 2019 figure, before the COVID-19
broke out, a year later, the Lao dong (Labour) daily reported.

The
UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently also forecast the international
tourist number may reach 80 – 95% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023.

The
Vietfoot Travel company said the country’s tourism sector, including travel and
event planning firms, will have opportunities to bounce back and soon regain
its 2019 growth trend.

Vietnam
welcomed 871,200 international arrivals in January. It targets 8 million foreigners for this year.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 2Foreign tourists visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi by pedicab. (Photo: VNA)

Despite
a surge in the tourist number since the year’s beginning, the sector is still
facing difficulties and challenges.

Lao
dong quoted General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
Nguyen Trung Khanh as saying that due to impacts of the global economic recession
and domestic socio-economic changes, travellers’ purchasing power has decreased
and they tend to curb spending on middle- and high-end services.

To
achieve the set targets, many experts recommended the sector develop new products
and services, diversify and improve the quality of services, and increase
experiences to meet tourists’ demand.

They
added travel businesses should also increase communications and promotion
activities, stay updated with market trends, and ensure security and safety of
destinations. It is also necessary to enhance tourism connectivity among
localities to attract more domestic and international visitors./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-products-services-needed-to-reach-tourism-targets/248002.vnp

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Unique products needed to boost HCM City’s tourism

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Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector is continuing to recover strongly and posting many impressive results. The city’s efforts in improving product quality and creating new offerings have given the sector a boost, but limitations remain that need to be addressed for the city to become an appealing destination, especially for international visitors.

In the heart of modern, bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine boasts an older appearance. For more than ten years, the museum has offered an interesting experience to visitors, showcasing a collection of more than 3,000 precious artifacts relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine from the Stone Age to the present.

However, there are few opportunities for visitors to engage in activities to learn about traditional medicine or receive health advice. The museum is therefore not widely known among visitors to the city.

“One district, one tourism product” is the new mantra from Ho Chi Minh City to expand tours and offerings. 20 districts have announced typical tourism products so far.

However, while there are unique and well-known destinations such as Cu Chi Tunnels and various monuments and attractions in the city centre, newly-launched products are only prominent in certain areas. 

Insiders liken travel resources to baking ingredients. Ho Chi Minh City has many ingredients, but there is a shortage of bakers and few ways to make delicious cakes, or unique tourism products. 

Analysts have suggested that the city adopt a clear development strategy and goals and position itself as a must-see destination based on unique offerings and key brand values, so that it is not simply a transit point./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-products-needed-to-boost-hcm-citys-tourism/247973.vnp

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HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam

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As a result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences for travellers in Vietnam.

HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam hinh anh 1Travellers in a Vespa tour in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City – As a
result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several
has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences
for travellers in Vietnam.

The list was announced by the
Vietnam Record Organisation (VietKings) last month.

Among them, a tour gives travellers
a chance to try working as a physician and learn about traditional medicine at
the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in District 10.

The private museum, opened by the FITO
Pharma Co.Ltd, features more than 3,000 precious objects related to traditional
medicine of Vietnam, including herb slicers and grinders dating back some 2,500
years, a collection of books with over 100,000 pages in total written in Han (Chinese)
and Nom (old Chinese-like script of Vietnam), and hundreds of valuable
remedies.

Another tour in the list is a dining-in-the-dark journey at Noir Restaurant,
where tourists can enjoy delicate tastes and structures of dishes completely in
the dark with services provided by well-trained visually-impaired waiters and
waitresses.

It brings about not only dining
experiences but also a chance for exchange between the abled and the disabled.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the HCM City Tourism Department, said that
since 2022, the southern metropolis has reaped success in the programme
developing one typical tourism product for each district. The department has also
been striving to reform products so that the city can become a must-visit
destination.

Efforts have proved fruitful, she
noted, adding that HCM City now boasts more than 60 tourism products, including
30 new ones of local districts and Thu Duc city./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-citys-tourism-products-among-top-unique-tours-in-vietnam/247958.vnp

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