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|Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta has become one of the most popular attractions among Japanese tourists, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO). - VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong|
Viet Nam welcomed 520,000 Japanese visitors during the first nine months of 2017, up 10.1 per cent year-on-year, chief representative of JNTO in Viet Nam Takahashi Ayumi said, adding that many of them chose Can Tho to visit, up 10 per cent year-on-year.
Meanwhile, Japan welcomed 230,000 tourists from Viet Nam, up 15 per cent year-on-year, he added.
He explained that due to the peaceful and rural atmosphere that Can Tho City offers, it has attracted many Japanese tourists.
“Most of them enjoy ecotourism, together with local attractions, especially Cai Rang Floating Market,” he added.
That being said, local authorities should step up efforts to efficiently promote Can Tho tourism.
Many Japanese tourism firms have considered collaborating with the city, however, they were not able to access to necessary tourism-related information.
As such, multiple destinations in Can Tho City, including Tan Loc Isle, Bang Lang Stork Garden and fruit gardens in Phong Dien area have not had enough support and capacity to thrive, Takahashi emphasised.
He said that JNTO has planned to organise more activities that further introduce and promote Can Tho tourism to Japanese visitors.
He encouraged collaborations between local authorities and Japanese tourism agencies to effectively make the plan work.
While upgrades in infrastructure are required, it is important to preserve physical relics and intangible cultural heritage in Can Tho City.
He added that the city should make use of social media platforms to boost tourism and invite popular local and international artists to become ambassadors of the area.
Deputy chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam agreed that more efforts have to be put into promoting Can Tho tourism.
He said that though the number of arrivals to the city has significantly increased, many tourists, especially international ones, did not choose to stay in the city for their holiday partly because of a lack of high-quality resorts.
In the future, local authorities should call for investments in Tan Loc Isle, Bang Lang Stork Garden and Phong Dien Ecotourism Area, among other attractions along the Hau River, Nam said.
Can Tho is developing the largest horseracing and sports complex in the Mekong Delta in Binh Thuy District’s Long Hoa Ward, worth US$500 million.
The project, once completed, is expected to make the city stand out, he added.