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|Dong Thap tourism: working together|
PROMOTING COMMUNITY LINKS
Sa Dec, the capital city of the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, just gave birth to a special cooperative whose name translates as “Together we do tourism” consisting of 15 members who are all owners of local homestay facilities in Tan Quy Dong flower village and share a passion for tourism.
According to Tran Thanh Hung, chairman of the newly-founded cooperative and owner of Tan My homestay, the cooperative has been formed to foster links between local households doing tourism in the city with the aim of raising the quality and professionalism of services for visitors. This is the first in a total of 60 such cooperatives proposed to begin operating in the field of tourism in Dong Thap province.
Le Minh Hoan, Dong Thap Party Committee Secretary and the person to conceive the idea of founding such a cooperative, is dedicated to the development model. He believes, that for each member to benefit, all members must combine their efforts to cultivate a strong brand and help to raise the profile of Sa Dec brand as a tourism attraction within the country.
Additionally the People's Committee of Cao Lanh City has proposed to organise the Cao Lanh-Hoi An Culture Tourism Week from July 9-14 across diverse areas in the city with the aim of promoting the image of the two cities' tourism strengths.
UPGRADING INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAFFIC SYSTEMS
In a bid to help Dong Thap become increasingly more attractive to visitors, efforts are being exerted into constantly improving local infrastructure connections.
Representatives from South Korean contractor GS Engineering & Construction recently said that Vam Cong Bridge that crosses Hau River and connects Lap Vo district in Dong Thap province and Thot Not district in Can Tho city will be inaugurated and brought into use from June 2019.
Together with Cao Lanh Bridge, the soon-to-launch Vam Cong Bridge - the second cable-stayed bridge crossing Hau River after Can Tho Bridge- will help facilitate traffic in the Mekong Delta, providing enormous opportunities for Dong Thap to avail of its potential to drive socio-economic development in a sustainable manner.