Can Tho is located on the bank of legendary MeKong River, at the center of Mekong Delta. Over the past few years, the number of tourists to Can Tho increased steadily, especially the international ones. Beside the characteristics of the river – based culture and its central position, the domestic and international cultural - sports events have contributed to promote the image of Can Tho’s land and people. All the mentioned things made the attraction of “Tay Do”.
International visitors at orchard in Con Son Islet, Binh Thuy District
In order to create products with distinctive features, Can Tho City determines the development of tourism in terms of urban orchards and rivers. The city also considers MICE tourism (conferences, seminars) as well as the cultural historic tourism its strength. In the past few years, beside Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Can Tho City has become the destination of many international events.
In 2016, Can Tho celebrated the 10th-Conference on Vietnam-France Cooperation. In 2017, Can Tho City was selected to host the Food-Security-Week in the framework of the APEC 2017 Conference, hosted by Vietnam. In June 2018, the ASEM Climate Change Conference was held in Can Tho City with the participation of 53 ASEM representatives and other international organizations. Through the international seminars, Can Tho has introduced the images, cultural beauty, its people, as well as other prominent destinations of the city: Cai Rang Floating Market, Fruit orchards at Phong Dien, Long Tuyen Ancient village, Con Son community tourism… In the APEC Food Security Week 2017 in Can Tho, Ms. Fidrella – a delegate from Peru shared her thingking after visiting Cai Rang Floating Market as following: “Floating Market is a beautiful and interesting culture. I will come back here again to enjoy the fresh coconut, fresh fruit. I also want to understand more about this hundreds-of-years-river-culture”.
Many international tourists come to Can Tho on the occasion of the Ninh Kieu Night Tourism Festival
In order to identify the strengths as well as to make tourism a spear-head-economic sector by 2020, Can Tho is concentrating all of its resources to promote the tourism potential. In particular, the City focuses on better promotion in either the domestic or the international markets such as: Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Russia, Cambodia, Thailand; Taiwan, Hongkong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou…
In the near future, Can Tho City continues to focus on exploiting the potential of entertainment and shopping services in combination with the city tours; call for investment in high-quality-entertainment areas (of large scale with attractive types)... to meet the needs of domestic and international tourists.
My Trinh – Tourism Development Center of Can Tho City