At the event (Photo: VNA)
 
Dong Thap (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City and the three provinces in the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) sub-region, namely Dong Thap, Tien Giang and Long An, discussed measures to boost their tourism cooperation at a meeting in Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh city.

Speaking at the event on October 21, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh spoke highly of connectivity of the localities in the Dong Thap Muoi sub-region.

To further develop tourism, he suggested the localities pay more attention to upgrading infrastructure, renewing investment attraction methods and intensifying tourism promotion.

It is necessary to put tourism development in relation with the socio-economic development, and protect the environment and the eco-system, he said, asking Ho Chi Minh City to lead in connecting and facilitating the growth of Dong Thap Muoi provinces.

Nguyen Ngoc Thuong, Director of the Dong Thap provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, affirmed that cooperation in tourism between Dong Thap, Tien Giang and Long An and between them and Ho Chi Minh City is inevitable and essential in order to sustainably manage natural resources of the Dong Thap Muoi sub-region in the context of climate change and economic integration.

At the event, the “one journey-three destinations” initiative was put on table. The journey will specifically include such tourist attractions as Tan Lap floating village in Long An, Dong Thap Muoi ecological sanctuary and Chanh Giac Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Tien Giang and Go Thap national cultural-historical relic site and Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap.

Vice Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang proposed the three provinces design typical tourism products of each locality and regularly participate in domestic travel fairs and intensify links between education and eco-tourism.

At the event, businesses donated a total of 57 billion VND (2.5 million USD) to build bridges in far-flung areas in Dong Thap, Tien Giang and Long An provinces.-VNA