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Mekong Delta sees signs of tourism revival

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Tourists at Phú Quốc Island. VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY — The Cửu Long (Mekong Delta) province of Kiên Giang has seen a rebound in domestic tourism and tourist numbers are expected to surge during the New Year and Tết (Lunar New Year) holidays.

It received nearly 400,000 domestic visitors last month, a 26 per cent increase from October, according to its Department of Tourism.

Nguyễn Chí Thanh, deputy director of the department, said the province has pushed ahead with a tourism stimulus programme and COVID-19 preventive measures to restore travel confidence and demand.

Travel firms are now focusing on quality of travel products and services, and offering a wide range of promotions and discounts to boost domestic travel, he said.

Phú Quốc Island was chosen as the first destination to kick-start the national tourism stimulus programme launched by the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism on November 22.

In the first 10 months of the year the island received 2.9 million visitors, and it expects the number to top three million for the full year.

The delta city of Cần Thơ has launched its own tourism stimulus programme between November and January with a number of discounts on lodging, food, entertainment, and transportation.

Tourism authorities encourage travel firms to offer discounts on tour packages to attract customers.

Around 60 businesses have registered to join the stimulus programme with tour packages and services discounted by 10-60 per cent.

In the first 10 months the city received more than 3.5 million visitors, a 53 per cent drop year-on-year.

It is expected that promotions and stimulus efforts would push the total number of tourists to more than 5.6 million this year.

Bến Tre and Trà Vinh provinces have promoted travel linkages and introduced new tour routes between themselves.

The linkages are aimed at developing travel products that offer unique cultural, food and natural experiences.

Other provinces in the delta like An Giang and Bạc Liêu recently launched stimulus programmes to attract tourists during the upcoming year-end holidays. —VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/mekong-delta-sees-signs-of-tourism-revival_320613.html

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Idyllic life on far-flung Tho Chu Island

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Residents of Tho Chu Island in the southwestern tip of Vietnam have to move to various parts of the island to avoid storms during the annual monsoon season.

Tho Chu is one of eight islands in the namesake archipelago in Kien Giang Province, 100 kilometers from Phu Quoc City and an important base to protect Vietnam’s territorial waters. The local administration has established a route by boat ‘Tho Chau 09’ (ko hieu) to help naval personnel and visitors travel from Phu Quoc to Tho Chu Island.

Tho Chu is one of eight islands in the namesake archipelago in Kien Giang Province, 100 kilometers from Phu Quoc City and an important base to protect Vietnam’s territorial waters.

The island has 2,000 inhabitants mostly in the Bai Dong and Bai Ngu areas. They earn a living by farming fish. Violent winds and storms during the monsoon force them to move back and forth between the two places, hence the nickname ‘wind escape island.’ Photo courtesy of Nguyen Van.

The island has 2,000 inhabitants mostly in the Bai Dong and Bai Ngu areas. They earn a living from fishing and aquaculture.
Violent winds and storms during the monsoon force them to move back and forth between the two places, hence the nickname ‘wind escape island.’

Starting in the ninth lunar month, people live in Bai Ngu to avoid northern winds. In the fourth lunar month they move to Bai Dong to avoid southern winds. The photo was taken in the seventh lunar month and so boats and floating raft houses are all in Bai Dong.

Starting in the ninth lunar month, people live in Bai Ngu to avoid northern winds. In the fourth lunar month they move to Bai Dong to avoid southern winds.
The photo was taken in the seventh lunar month and so boats and floating raft houses are all in Bai Dong.

A small market near a hydro-meteorological center on the way to Bai Dong mainly sells fishing tools, especially squid jigs.

A small market near a hydro-meteorological center on the way to Bai Dong mainly sells fishing tools, especially squid jigs.

Fishing does not only serve as a means of livelihood but a favorite pastime of people living in Tho Chu Island. Friendly anglers are willing to teach inexperienced visitors how to catch fish. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Van.

Fishing not only serves as a means of livelihood but also a favorite pastime of people living on Tho Chu Island. Friendly anglers are willing to teach inexperienced visitors how to catch fish.

Tho Chu’s fishermen farm fish in cages, mainly white-flesh cobia. Cobia is preferred to other fish for its taste and soft flesh. Visitors can go to one of the many eateries on the island to try a cobia hotpot with Vietnamese noodles and veggies.

Tho Chu’s fishermen farm fish in cages, mainly white-flesh cobia. Cobia is preferred to other fish for its taste and soft flesh. Visitors can go to one of the many eateries on the island to try a cobia hotpot with Vietnamese noodles and veggies.

Kids fool around in the afternoon tide. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Van.

Kids fool around in the afternoon tide.

Unlike other tourist destinations in Phu Quoc, Tho Chu with its geographical importance in terms of defense and security remains a peaceful isolated island occasionally visited by volunteers.  Visitors can lose themselves in the tranquil picturesque island with green trees and blue seas while riding a motorbike from Bai Ngu to Bai Dong. Along the coast, one can see native tropical island plants such as sea poison tree and tree heliotrope.

Unlike Phu Quoc, Tho Chu with its geographical importance in terms of defense and security remains a peaceful isolated island.
Visitors can lose themselves in the tranquil picturesque island with green trees and blue seas while riding a motorbike from Bai Ngu to Bai Dong. Along the coast, one can see native tropical island plants such as sea poison tree and tree heliotrope.

Làng biển cuối trời Tây Nam của Tổ Quốc

 
 

Idyllic life on far-flung Tho Chu Island

Làng biển cuối trời Tây Nam của Tổ Quốc

Morning on a raft in Tho Chu Island. Video by VnExpress/Huynh Nhi.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/idyllic-life-on-far-flung-tho-chu-island-4222713.html

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Da Lat aims to welcome more than 4 million visitors in 2021

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The resort city of Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong aims to welcome more than 4 million visitors, including 150,000 foreigners in 2021, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Da Lat aims to welcome more than 4 million visitors in 2021 hinh anh 1Paddling swan boats on Xuan Huong lake is an interesting experience for visitors to Da Lat city. (Photo: nhandan.org)


Hanoi –
The resort city of Da Lat in the Central Highlands
province of Lam Dong aims to welcome more than 4 million visitors, including
150,000 foreigners in 2021, according to the provincial Department of Culture,
Sports and Tourism.

In 2020, the city’s tourism sector was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it
failed to meet its goal of serving 7.8 million visitors, including over 580,000
international tourists.

Only 4 million vacationers, including 120,000 foreigners, visited Da Lat last
year, down 44 percent from 2019.

The city saw the arrival of around 70,000 holiday-makers during the three-day
New Year 2021 holiday, signalling positive signs for the city’s tourism sector
in the coming year.

Lam Dong province now has
more than 2,540 accommodation facilities with over 29,400 rooms, 47 travel
companies and transport providers./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/da-lat-aims-to-welcome-more-than-4-million-visitors-in-2021/194937.vnp

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Tourist arrivals to Hue monuments slump in 2020

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Tourists visiting Hue monuments in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue sharply fell to over 1 million last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in revenue of more than 106 billion VND (4.6 million USD), down 72.62 percent year on year.

Tourist arrivals to Hue monuments slump in 2020 hinh anh 1In the Hue Imperial Citadel (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Tourists visiting Hue monuments in
the central province of Thua Thien-Hue sharply fell to over 1 million last year
due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in revenue of more than 106 billion VND
(4.6 million USD), down 72.62 percent year on year.

The figures were released by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre on January
17.

Service revenue slumped by 75 percent to 4.9 billion VND.

The
central province is expected to become a cultural, tourism and health care
centre in Southeast Asia by 2030, and a festival city of Asia by 2045.

e is also set to become one of the country’s hubs in the fields of
science, technology, multidisciplinary education and training, and national
defence-security.

During the
2021 -2025 period, Thua Thien-Hue will work to earn the status of a
centrally-run city and complete the expansion of Hue city before 2022 as
planned./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourist-arrivals-to-hue-monuments-slump-in-2020/194913.vnp

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