Tra Vinh calls for investment in tourism projects hinh anh 1Long Tri eco-tourism area in Tra Vinh (Source: VNA)

Tra Vinh (VMA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh is calling for investment in six eco-tourism and culture tourism projects with a total capital of 2.78 trillion VND (nearly 119.5 million USD). 

Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Duong Hoang Sum said the Long Tri islet, which specialises in fruit trees, cypress and nipa forests, are suitable for developing eco-tourism.

Along with stunning landscapes of mangrove forests and islets on Tien and Hau Rivers, Tra Vinh boasts many popular attractions like Ba Dong sea, Ba Om pond, a wide range of national intangible cultural heritages, ancient houses, lush orchard gardens, and 142 Khmer pagodas built with classical architecture.

Overriding priority is to build Ba Om pond tourism complex into a national tourism site, he said, adding the province is calling for investments to mangrove eco-tourism area, Duyen Hai hot mineral spring, and Ba Dong beach eco-tourism site.

Furthermore, Cau Ke district, Tra Cu district and Duyen Hai town will be built into hubs for orchard tourism, sea tourism as well as festival and spiritual tourism.

Aware of huge potential of community-based tourism business, the province has given financial support to local households to develop homestay services.

Earlier this month, the province launched the Con Chim community-based tourism site in Chau Thanh district. A large dune on Co Chien river, Con Chim has its natural and farming areas spanning 60 and 34 hectares, respectively. Since May this year, 20 tours to Con Chim have been sold on a trial basis, and they have received praise for service quality from travel agencies and tourists.

In order to attract investment in this field, a part from implementing policies of the Government, the local authorities devised preferential policies to support tourism investment in the area in 2018-2020.

Thanks to local efforts, Tra Vinh attracted more than 765,400 visitors during the first three quarters of 2019, including 27,300 foreign tourists, up 66.46 percent from the same time last year.

The locality raked in nearly 280 billion VND in tourism revenue so far this year, 107.24 billion VND higher than that of last year.

Tra Vinh aims to develop tourism into a spearhead economic sector by 2025, contributing to promoting the locality’s socio-economic development./.