An Giang welcomes 7 million visitors during January-June hinh anh 1A corner of Nui Sam tourism site (Photo:

An Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of An Giang has so far this year received some 7 million visitors, up 7.69 percent year on year and accounting for 76.09 percent of the yearly plan.

Vice Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Pham The Trieu said on June 14 that around 50,000 foreigners spent their holidays in the locality, or 41.67 percent of the set plan.

Revenue from tourism services is estimated at 4 trillion VND (171 million USD), surging 25 percent from the same time last year.

To date, the province has 91 accommodation establishments for tourism, including one four-star hotel, five three-star hotels, ten two-star hotels and 40 one-star hotels. It boasts 15 tourism sites, with renowned destinations like Nui Cam and Nui Sam.

This year, the province targets to earn 5.5 trillion VND from hosting 9.2 million tourist arrivals, including 120,000 foreigners. It is aiming to receive 10.1 million visitors in 2020.

In a bid to turn the tourism industry into an economic strength in the province, the local tourism sector has channeled focus on attracting capital for tourism infrastructure development in Chau Doc city and Tinh Bien and Tri Ton districts. Due attention has been paid to promoting tourism connection with other localities in the region like Can Tho, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang and Soc Trang.

Director of the local Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Khanh Hiep said that the tourism sector is calling for investment to build large-scale and modern entertainment centres together with branching out catering services. Besides, it has introduced incentive policies on tourism development to lure more investments in the field.-VNA