An Giang welcomes 200,000 visitors in January hinh anh 1An Giang province targets 9.2 million visitors in 2019.(Photo:

An Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of An Giang served 200,000 visitors in January, up 33 percent from the previous month.

According to Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Pham The Trieu, the number of foreign arrivals rose 20 percent month on month to 6,000.

The locality raked in some 350 billion VND (15.07 million USD) from tourism services in the month, a 75 percent jump from December, and making up of 6 percent of the amount set for the whole year.

Trieu said that Tra Su cajuput forest, Ta Pa field, Nui Sam tourism site, Nui Cam tourism site, and Chau Giang brocade village were the most attractive destinations.

As the busiest tourism season will take place after traditional Lunar New Year (Tet), the province expects to receive more tourists to its festivals, including the Ba Chua Xu (Lady Xu) festival.

This year, the province eyes to welcome 9.2 million visitors, expanding 8.24 percent from 2018. Revenue from tourism activities is reckoned at 5.5 trillion VND (236.8 million USD), a year-on-year surge of 14.58 percent.

In a bid to realise the set goal, the province will channel focus on mobilising capital for infrastructure development in Nui Sam national tourism site, promoting tourism linkages with localities in the vicinity like Can Tho, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang and Soc Trang, enhancing tourism promotion, and creating new tourism products.

As the tourism sector is envisioned to become a spearheaded economy of the locality, the province is striving for an average growth of 10 percent in tourist arrivals each year.-VNA