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Tien Giang divides economic regions to boost tourism
By Trung Chanh
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Tien Giang divides economic regions to boost tourism

By Trung Chanh

Tien Giang Square, where the Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival 2019 takes place – PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

TIEN GIANG – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has divided itself into three economic zones to create spillover effects on the tourism sector, said the province’s chairman, Le Van Huong, at the Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival 2019 there on January 11.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the festival, Huong said that the local government has taken various measures to unlock its tourism potential. One is the division of economic zones.

In the western region of the province, the outlying district of Cai Be has been regarded as a driving force, thanks to its Dong Hoa Hiep ancient village festival.

He said expanding the scale of the annual festival will create spillover effects toward the district through a local islet, called Tan Phong.

The central urban economic zone, according to Huong, is aimed at raising the quality of tourism services in Thoi Son Islet of My Tho City, together with the development of a pedestrian area along the Tien River, and a night food market.

Meanwhile, the eastern economic zone will originate from the development of industries, the real estate market and commerce in an attempt to stimulate urban development.

Tan Thanh Sea in Go Cong Dong District is known for its beautiful beaches with black sands — PHOTO: VIETRAVEL

Afterwards, the development of tourism in Tan Thanh Sea of Go Cong Dong District will be associated with cultural relics in Go Cong Town and Ngang Islet of Tan Phu Dong District, along with improvements in Truong Dinh Temple. The aim is to form a festival center of the zone.

The chairman said the province will link the tourism development of the zones and will organize additional events and festivals to woo more visitors.

Exhibitions, fairs, cuisine festivals and a forum on tourism startups are scheduled during the event, which will last until January 14.

Tien Giang is known for her community-based, cultural, spiritual and healthcare tourism, with such fascinating destinations as Thoi Son Islet, Dong Hoa Hiep ancient village, floating market and traditional craft village in Cai Be District, orchard garden in Tan Phong Islet, Dong Thap Muoi ecological conservation area, and Truc Lam Chanh Giac monastery.

More than two million tourists, including some 800,000 overseas, reportedly visited the province last year.

Local tour operators earned roughly VND1 trillion, or US$43,000, marking a 26% rise from a year earlier and making an important contribution to the gross regional domestic product.

This year, the province targets 2.1 million tourists, including 850,000 foreigners, and VND1.14 trillion in tourism revenue.

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