Lotus lakes are popular tourist sites in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap. (Source: wikivietnam.net)

Dong Thap (VNA) - Development of environmentally-friendly tourism products has proved to be the right way for the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap that has seen a surge of international visitors since the beginning of 2015.

According to Ngo Quang Tuyen, Deputy Director of Dong Thap’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the number of tourist arrivals for the whole 2015 is estimated to reach 2 million, with a 28 percent surge in international tourists.

Total tourism revenue is forecast at more than 300 billion VND (13.3 million USD).

Dong Thap has focused on developing eco-tourism products in recent years with thematic tourism areas set up based on the local advantages.

Cao Lanh city has been touted as a capital of pink lotus while Sa Dec city is a garden of tropical flowers.

The Gao Giong eco-tourism area is where tourists can enjoy traditional dishes of local residents while the Tram Chim National Park is a natural habitat of bird species. Xeo Quit is a historical site.

The province will continue to develop distinctive tourism products such as orchards of local fruit specialties trees and traditional villages. A new tourism area dedicated to lotus, the ubiquitous plant of Dong Thap, has been zoned off in Thap Muoi district.-VNA