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Southeast Vietnam unites to boost tourism

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HCMC – Six cities and provinces in the southeast region of Vietnam signed a tourism cooperation agreement for the 2020-2025 period in Tay Ninh Province on June 28 to foster the exchange of tourists, develop tourism products, attract investors and help tour operators attract more visitors.

Under the agreement, HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh will regularly share their experience in their areas of expertise, with HCMC discussing the development of meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition tourism and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province introducing sea and island tourism.

Dong Nai Province will offer information on ecological tourism, while Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc and Binh Duong provinces will focus on culinary and community cultures and organizing festivals to diversify their tourism products.

HCMC will be in charge of calling on investors to pump money into the tourism industry of these localities and promoting tourism introduction activities.

In 2020-2021, the region will open the three tourism routes of HCMC — Ba Ria-Vung Tau — Dong Nai, HCMC — Tay Ninh — Binh Duong and HCMC — Binh Duong — Binh Phuoc, organize multiple investment promotion conferences and launch various stimulation programs to help the tourism industry recover after Covid-19.

Many firms said the southeastern region boasts of various advantages for investment and has the ability to generate a large number of tourists and create more favorable conditions for firms to develop tourism products.

Tay Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Binh Duong have enhanced investment in the tourism industry over the past few years.

Nguyen Huu Y Yen, general director of Saigontourist Travel, said that with suitable services and favorable conditions in Tay Ninh Province, the firm is set to introduce numerous tours and tourism products in the province to serve travelers in the coming months.

The southeastern region of Vietnam welcomed some 10.7 million international tourists alongside a large number of domestic visitors in 2019, fetching US$7 billion.

By Dao Loan

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