Waterway tourism in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to receive about 450,000 tourists in 2018 and the figure is projected to increase by 15 percent in the following years.

For the goal, the city needs to implement the waterway tourism development project with the participation of all districts.

The city will maintain an 800m wharf at Nha Rong-Khanh Hoi Port to serve customers of local floating restaurant boats.

It will upgrade the port at Hai Thuong Lan Ong street, also known as the city’s oriental medicine street.

In addition, the tourism sector has been working with neighbouring provinces to create middle-range tourism products along the three rivers of Sai Gon, Dong Nai, and Mekong.

The Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, downstream of the Dong Nai-Sai Gon river system, is surrounded and traversed by nearly 1,000km of rivers and canals, with huge potential for waterway tourism plans in the future.–VNA