Conference looks to develop tourism in northeastern region hinh anh 1A boat sails on Ba Be Lake - a famous scenic site in Bac Kan (Photo: VNA)

The northern province of Bac Kan wants to collaborate with localities in the north eastern region to develop tours connecting heritage sites, said Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nong Van Tuan at a conference held in the locality on September 11.

Bac Kan is home to numerous tourist attractions, from scenic sites to historical relics but the province has yet to fully tap its great potential to develop tourism, Tuan said.

At the event, Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the Institute for Tourism Development Research (IFDR), underscored the important role of cooperation among provinces to develop tourism.

He pointed to the weaknesses of localities in the region in terms of investment in tourism promotion and human resource training, as well as in environmental protection.

According to Dr Duong Dinh Hien from the IFDR, tourism development in the northeastern region is hindered by poor infrastructure.

Participants recommended more contacts between provincial leaders, mapping out specific master plan as well as financial, consulting and human resource mechanisms and calling investment from Government and enterprises.

Local officials suggested possible tours across provinces, including a tourism triangle of former revolutionary bases in Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen and Tuyen Quang and a route to discover Ba Be Lake - Na Hang Hydro Power Plant jointly operated by Bac Kan, Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang.

Northeastern region includes the provinces of Bac Kan, Phu Tho, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Quang Ninh and Vinh Phuc.

Vietnam tourism development strategy by 2020 with vision 2030 eyes at taping beauty of nature, people and culture in the north eastern, north western and central highland regions.-VNA