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Tien Giang steps up agrotourism

The Saigon Times

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HCMC –  The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang is actively promoting agrotourism to leverage its agricultural strengths.

With a total of 46 tourist destinations, including artisanal bakeries, handicraft workshops, and traditional rural crafts, the province is expecting a boom in agrotourism and rural tourism, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The province is developing farm tours that allow visitors to explore rural landscapes, visit traditional craft villages, and immerse themselves in the local culture and countryside lifestyle, said Vo Pham Tan, deputy director of Tien Giang’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

These community-based tourism initiatives not only cater to the needs of tourists but also contribute to environmental protection, income generation for locals, and preservation of the unique local culture.

To ensure the success and sustainability of agrotourism, Tan said strategic planning would be needed in areas with high potential. He also highlighted the need for proper management practices to prevent unregulated activities and avoid blindly following trends.

Farmers venturing into tourism are encouraged to upgrade their facilities, preserve the natural landscape, and adopt a friendly and hospitable attitude towards visitors. Tan emphasized the role of tourism businesses in planning itineraries that showcase agrotourism, promoting environmentally friendly practices, and safeguarding the rights and interests of farmers.

In the first five months of the year, Tien Giang welcomed 479,000 visitors, achieving 38.3% of the year’s target and marking a 1.2% increase compared to the same period last year. The province also saw an increase in international tourists, with 38,000 arrivals, reaching 15.4% of the target and showing a 5.3% increase compared to the same period in 2022.

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