The north-central province of Ha Tinh on October 24 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HCM City and Can Tho city and Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta region to promote tourism cooperation (Photo: toquoc.vn)
 
HCM City (VNA) - The north-central province of Ha Tinh on October 24 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HCM City and Can Tho city and Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta region to promote tourism cooperation.

Though the province has beautiful beaches, mountains and landscapes as well as historic and religious heritage sites, tourism potential has remained untapped, according to Bui Xuan Thap, Director of Ha Tinh province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The number of tourists visiting the province, especially from the south, remains modest.

The province is offering incentive policies to attract investors in the commercial, services and tourism sectors to develop high-end hotels, commercial centres, retail markets and eco-tourism zones.

In recent years, the province has attracted major tourism projects from the Muong Thanh Group, Vingroup and Hong Lam Joint Stock Company.

In the first nine months of the year, 10 projects in the tourism sector with total capital of 5 trillion VND (220.26 million USD) were granted investment certificates.

The province’s many sights can be reached by railway, motorway or sea. Interesting destinations include cultural relics, beautiful landscapes and well-known sites such as Ke Go lake, Vu Quang National Park, Nguyen Du memorial site, Tran Phu relic site, Ha Huy Tap relic site, Dong Loc relic site, Deo Ngang- Hoanh Son gate, and Huong Tich Pagoda.

With 137 km of coastline, the province’s white sandy beaches, including Thach Hai, Xuan Thanh, Loc Ha and Deo Con beaches, are popular for sea bathing.

The province’s eco-tourism destinations include the Sơn Kim hot-mineral spring tourism site and Suoi Tien- Thien Tuong eco-tourism site.

The area has retained a rich treasure of cultural heritage sites, though many of the original sites were destroyed by wars and natural disasters.

Unique forms of folk arts and traditional craft villages that have existed for 500-600 years also exist in the province.

It is home to two special national relics, 77 national relics and 425 provincial-level relics.

In the first nine months of the year, the province welcomed 1.2 million tourists, an increase of 54 percent compared to the same period last year. The number of international visitors was 19,900, a year-on-year rise of 43 percent.-VNA