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|Dong Thap shines in stimulating tourism demand|
Dong Thap’s provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in mid-May introduced Plan 105/KH to encourage locals to visit and experience Dong Thap. The stimulus plan is expected to contribute to boosting domestic tourist arrivals during major holidays, thereby recovering cultural sport and tourism activities, as well as creating more jobs and stabilising the economic life for the labour force in the locality
Throughout the year, the province plans to hold several events, such as the 60th anniversary of Vietnam Tourism Industry, the commemoration of local heroes like Do Cong Tuong and his wife, the Independence Day of Vietnam, and the commemoration of the revered Junior Doctor Nguyen Sinh Sac – the father of President Ho Chi Minh, among others.
Also, the province will focus on motivating tourists to buy local products, especially handicraft from traditional villages and agriculture, as well as local specialities.
There will also be attractive discounts and promotions on services to boost domestic tourism demand. Travel agencies, transportation companies, and hotels and resorts are encouraged to co-operate with the authorities to offer attractive room rate discounts of up to 40 per cent or free-of-charge services and incentive policies to certain tourist groups.
Moreover, the provincial government encourages tour operators to develop dedicated tour programmes with promotional prices and discounts of up to 20 per cent for groups of 10 or more. Other promotional offers such as free rates for children, bonus souvenirs attached to specific tours, and discount coupons for local shops and supermarkets are also highly encouraged.
According to Ngo Quang Tuyen, deputy director of Dong Thap provincial Department of Culture, Information and Communications, so far, there have been nearly 20 hotels, tourist attractions, and travel agencies registering to join the province’s stimulus programme, with various discounts on their services ranging from 10 to 50 per cent.
“Along with encouraging service providers to reduce their prices, we also pay much attention to improving the overall quality of products and services, while ensuring security, social order, and environmental protection to sufficiently meet the needs of tourists and let leave them with good impressions about Dong Thap that will draw them back later,” Tuyen emphasised.