An eco-tourism site in Thanh Hoa (Source: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) - A number of community-based tours made their debut in Don hamlet, Thanh Lam commune, Ba Thuoc district of the central province of Thanh Hoa on October 19.

Pu Luong is a nature reserve established in 1999 with its area covering Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts. It is considered as a valuable natural reserve for science research, socio-economic and ecotourism development.

The tours offer visitors activities to discover local primeval forests, waterfalls, rivers and mountains.

They can also participate in traditional festivals of the locality, visit traditional trade villages, enjoy local specialities and experience daily activities of locals, especially those from ethnic minority groups.

Visitors can take one-day tours in Pu Luong, or two-day tours across three districts of Ba Thuoc, Quan Hoa and Lang Chanh. There are also tours going cross Hoa Binh province to Ba Thuoc.

Chairman of Ba Thuoc district People’s Committee Lo Van Thang said the development of community tourism is hope to assist with poverty reduction, raise income and improve the livelihood of local residents, thus contributing to bolstering the locality’s socio-economic development.

He highlighted the significance of the launch of community-based travel tours in the locality, saying that this will help attract more holiday-makers to the locality.

Ba Thuoc hopes to create a breakthrough in tourism development, Thang said, adding that the locality has set a goal to welcome 30,000 visitors by 2020, of which about one third being international tourists.

In recent years, Ba Thuoc district has focused on upgrading infrastructure in many tourist destinations. It has also enhanced promotion of community tourism, restored many traditional cultural activities, in connection with conserving and developing intangible cultural values and training human resources for the tourism sector.-VNA