Can Tho City has recently adjusted its master plan for tourism development until 2020 with a vision to 2030 focusing on upgrading the city’s tourism destinations into national tourism destinations, according to Deputy director of the Can Tho municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on February 9.
The destinations include Ninh Kieu Pier, Cai Rang Floating Market, My Khanh tourism village, Phuong Nam Truc Lam Temple and islets along the Hau river, the deputy director said.
According to the adjusted master plan, Can Tho will concentrate on developing the region’s tourism products to attract visitors, especially foreign tourists, for example MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) tourism, ecotourism, tours to cultural and historical sites, traditional craft villages, and home stays.
The city has actively supported districts to build up their own typical tourism products to utilize their resources. Great attention has been paid to developing waterway tourism along with tours to cultural and historical sites, traditional craft villages, and festivals. The Hau River Farm and the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute can attract visitors who want to learn about agricultural activities.
Located in the centre of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is rich in land and water resources, which offer favourable conditions for the city to develop tourism, especially eco-tourism. Recently, the city has paid great attention to upgrading tourism infrastructure and services, with the aim of becoming an attractive tourist destination in the region.
Last year, Can Tho welcomed more than 5.4 million visitors, up 14 percent compared with 2015; revenue from tourism services reached more than VND1.82 trillion, equal to 130 percent of the annual plan.