The southern province of Bac Lieu is intensifying efforts to boost tourism development with a focus on key service products to attract more visitors.
Amidst the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province is implementing tourism stimulus plans, attracting the participation of tourism businesses and ensuring COVID-19 prevention and control.
The province aims to increase tourist demands with the launching of various tourism activities including a recent programme called “Vietnamese people prioritise travelling around Vietnam.
More than 20 enterprises and many large tourist destinations are joining the programme to boost domestic market travel demand.
The provincial Steering Committee for Tourism Development has also launched special promotion programmes including “peak months” to attract visitors to the province.
It plans to choose “peak months” such as those with big holidays in the third and fourth quarter of 2020 to hold cultural and tourism events, including by increasing the number of art performances at Cao Van Lau Theatre.
In addition, Bac Lieu is focusing on building tours associated with cultural activities, ecotourism and practical experiences such as those to the province’s wind power plant, Bac Lieu dandy's home, art memorial houses of don ca tai tu (southern folk music) and Cao Van Lau artist, Buddhism temples, Tac Say Cathedral, Dong Noc Nang relic, Hung Thien and Giac Hoa pagodas.
The province is developing a model of community tourism introducing visitors to traditional handicraft villages and their beautiful products.
Promotion of the advantages of agricultural tourism in rural areas has also been implemented to link key tourist zones in the province to create a unique product but not overlapping with those in other Mekong Delta provinces.
Bac Lieu has intensified inspection and supervision and strictly dealt with units which let social disorder occur in localities and affect the safety and rights of tourists.
At the same time, the province has requested tourism service businesses, travel agencies, destinations and transportation management units provide quality and attractive tourism products with preferential promotional plans to lure more visitors to Bac Lieu.
A project to develop tours for sightseeing, experiencing and shopping at the super-intensive and high-tech shrimp breeding areas under the co-operation investment of Vietnam and Australia will be implemented along with the development of a tourism model of practical experience in the process of producing, harvesting and purchasing salt-based tourism products and gifts.
The province also works for tourism development with Hanoi, HCM City, Mekong Delta localities and the southeast and south-central regions
This year, it plans to achieve tourism revenue of more than 3 trillion VND, up 18-30 percent compared to last year, of which revenue from restaurant and hotel services is expected to reach more than 1.2 trillion VND, up 18-30 percent compared to 2019.
It also hopes to welcome 3 million tourists, an increase of 10 percent over last year.
A target of receiving more than 7 million tourists and a total tourism revenue estimated at 10 trillion VND are also among targets that Bac Lieu has set for 2025, as well as to make a contribution of 7 percent to the province's GRDP.
However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry in Bac Lieu is facing many difficulties.
Many tourism firms have fallen into unstable and small operation.
In the first nine months of the year, the whole sector grossed total revenue of just 1.34 trillion VND compared to 3 trillion VND or 44.8 percent of the yearly target, down by 20.7 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
The province has only welcomed 1.58 million visitors while the target in 2020 is 3 million visitors, making up 52.6 percent of the plan and down 6.7 percent over the same period last year./.