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An Giang sees itself as Mekong tourism hub

Update: February, 07/2014 - 09:43
By diversifying tourism, upgrading infrastructure and training human resources, in 2014, the province hopes to attract 5.8 million local and international tourists, a growth of 2 per cent against 2013.— Photo dulichkhampha

AN GIANG (VNS)— Leaders of the southern province of An Giang have planned to turn the province into the main tourism centre of the Mekong Delta by capitalising on its local potential.

By diversifying tourism, upgrading infrastructure and training human resources, in 2014, the province hopes to attract 5.8 million local andinternational tourists, a growth of 2 per cent against 2013.

According to the province's tourism leaders, religion-related tourism is among the new tourism angles that the province is hoping to maximize. As part of this, tourists will visit Cam and Sam mountains, Xu Lady Temple, and take part in traditional ox racing held annually by the local Khmer ethnic groups.

The province also plans to build a Chau Doc entertainment complex and Cam Mountain tourism aimed at medical tourism with cool weather on the mountain. This is similar to the well-known "Da Lat" resort city in the Central Highlands. Meanwhile the Tra Su cajuput forest will focus on eco-tourism. Activities including fishing and boating through the forest in addition to visits to historical sites.

Alongside this, the canvas-weaving craft villages of the Cham ethnic groups, will also be restored.

An Giang Province's Famers' Association recently introduced a tour package entitled 73 Hours in That Son (Seven Mountains), which gives tourists an introduction to typical farming practices and families in the locality.

Last year, 13,000 tourists including 600 foreigners went on the tour which involves them in local life, such as farming, fishing, cooking and listening to traditional music.

In the previous year, with the support of Dutch farmers, An Giang announced an investment of VND18.4 billion (US$0.86 million) for agriculture tourism development in the province.

Farmers of fifteen communes in the province registered to participate in the programme. Each commune now has five to ten families involved in tourism services. — VNS

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