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Hau Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang is developing new eco-tourism products based on the local advantages of rivers and orchards, according to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Chieu Qui.

Among those, a project to promote the well-known Nga Bay float market is well under way towards making it one of the local key waterway tourism packages.

The project has a total investment of 35 billion VND (1.56 million USD), of which over 11 billion VND (490,000 USD) has been disbursed.

Another tourist complex, the Vietnam – Australia Ecotourism Project in Vi Thuy district, is expected to be completed and run by the end of 2018, offering 13 hectares of orchard garden and a 5ha bird sanctuary.

Additionally, a model of agricultural tourism is going to be applied soon along the route from Vi Thanh district to Can Tho City to lure more tourists to the locality.

Efforts have also been put on preservation and promotion of the historical and cultural relic sites, such as the Temple of Uncle Ho and the war relic sites of Chuong Thien and Vam Cai Sinh.

Community-based tourism sites have been developed in Cau Duc hamlet, Long Tri street, and Vi Thanh commune, with the assistance of 400 million VND (17,857 USD) sourced from the General Department of Tourism.

A 130-hectare eco-tourism site has been zoned off in the Mua Xuan (Spring) Agriculture Centre, while a plan has been made to open entertainment and exploration activities at the Lung Ngoc Hoang Reserve Area.

Hau Giang aims to lure half a million tourists by 2020 for total revenue of 200 billion VND (8.93 million USD).-VNA