Agricultural products are traded at Cai Rang floating market, a tourist magnet in Can Tho city (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho welcomed an estimated 1.8 million tourists in the first two months of 2018, up 19 percent against the same period in 2017, and fulfilling 22 percent of its set target.

According to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the local tourism sector pocketed 515 billion VND (22.66 million USD) in the reviewed time, a year-on-year rise of 28 percent.

Tran Viet Phuong, Director of the department, attributed the increase to the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which led to higher demands for tourism and entertainment.

Apart from festive activities, Can Tho launched new tourism services, including an electric car service from Ninh Kieu Wharf to famous destinations like Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery, My Khanh Tourism Village, Binh Thuy Communal House and Binh Thuy Ancient House.

The city’s tourism sector and localities have ensured safety, hospitality, security, and food safety and hygiene at the tourist sites.

Besides, the city has partnered with big travel companies and localities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang to promote its tourism.

Can Tho enjoyed strong growth in tourism in 2017 due to a series of international political and cultural events and traditional festivals.

The number of tourist arrivals surged 40 percent to 7.5 million, while tourism revenues rose 61 percent to 2.9 trillion VND (127.6 million USD).-VNA