Ho Chi Minh City is the major economic, cultural and tourism center of Vietnam. It is a favorable trade gateway with countries in the region or with provinces and cities, including 13 Mekong Delta provinces. With the advantages of nature, history, culture as well as national, regional and local tourism development plans, all these factors have created favorable conditions for tourism development cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and provinces and cities of the Mekong Delta.
In order to affirm the cohesion of 14 provinces and cities in building regional brand in tourism and to improve the quality of cooperation activities, the 1st
“Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta tourism connection forum” was organized under the framework of ITE HCMC 2019. The forum is a meeting of state management agencies on tourism, destination management of 14 provinces and cities, investors, domestic and foreign enterprises of tourism, tourism associations.
Taking place both on September 4 and in the morning of September 5, 2019, the forum discusses the solutions following the contents: promoting investment in infrastructure for tourism, connective products and media project promoting regional tourism brand. Especially, for the first time ever, the summit conference on tourism development and the conference on investment promotion into culture, sports and tourism infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta are organized.
“The key tourism products of Ho Chi Minh City are MICE, shopping, food, sport, entertainment tourism and urban community culture. Meanwhile, the strength of the Mekong Delta is eco-tourism, horticulture, rivers and islands. Therefore, if the advantages of each destination are exploited effectively, the tourism linkages of 14 provinces and cities not only not reduce the competitive advantage of each destination, it helps to promote each other's advantages and to support each other in expanding tourism market more easier. ” said Mr. Bui Ta Hoang Vu - Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism.
With the role as a connective center in tourism development, Ho Chi Minh City will strengthen connections and cooperation with localities in each major region, promote tourism linkages between Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces and cities of the Mekong Delta towards sustainability. The solutions proposed in the forum play an important role in promoting linkages, economic development cooperation of 14 provinces and cities to widen a new direction, to bring advantages and contribute in removing problems for the success in development the whole Southern Vietnam in the future.
Ho Diep - Le Tan