Kien Giang targets welcoming 7 million tourists this year hinh anh 1A corner of Phu Quoc (Photo: VNA)

Kien Giang – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang aims to welcome 7
million visitors in 2021, up more than 34 percent against last year, the provincial
Department of Tourism has said.

It expects to earn
over 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) in tourism revenue, a year-on-year increase
of 46.2 percent.

To that end, the sector
will increase promotional activities, improve its human resources, and develop
diverse, competitive products, the department said, adding that tourism
development will go hand-in-hand with environmental protection.

Kien Giang will
restructure its tourism sector, turning it into an economic spearhead, with
resources focused on major infrastructure projects at tourist sites while calling for further investment.

It will adopt
solutions to optimise the potential and strength of Phu Quoc Island to attract
domestic holiday-makers and stand ready to cater to foreign tourists after COVID-19
is brought under control.

Phu Quoc is
expected to create momentum for other tourist destinations in Kien Giang to grow.

Kien Giang will
realise a tourism cooperation agreement with Ho Chi Minh City and 13 cities and
provinces in the Mekong Delta region for the 2020-2025 period, under which localities
will exchange information, build joint products, push ahead with promotional
activities, develop human resources, and attract investment.

In the first two
months of this year, the province welcomed about 887,215 tourists, a fall of
44.5 percent year-on-year and equivalent to 12.7 percent of the annual target.

Tourism revenue exceeded
1.18 trillion VND, down 52.5 percent.

Of total
vacationers, 656,000 went to Phu Quoc Island, down 32.5 percent./.