Conference reviews tourism cooperation in north-western provinces

Tuesday, 2017-01-10 04:49:40
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NDO – A conference, reviewing the tourism development cooperation programme in 2016 by eight north-western provinces, was held in Phu Tho province, on January 9.

At the conference, participants noted that the affiliation showed good results in terms of policies, the expansion of products, and the promotion and development of human resources for the tourism sector.

However, they held that over the coming time, the localities should organise more regular exchanges to boost tourism towards utilising their similarities and promote each locality’s unique.

They sought measures to further diversify tourism products and develop products of strength for each locality, while stressing the need for higher quality human resources for the sector as more than 60 employees in the regional tourism are untrained.

Over the last year, eight north-western provinces enjoyed a year-on-year increase of 11.8 percent in the number of visitors thanks to their close cooperation in tourism promotion.

The localities, comprising Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Hoa Binh, welcomed nearly 18 million visitors, including 1.2 million foreigners.

In 2017, the eight localities will work closely to implement the National Tourism Year Tay Bac-Lao Cai 2017, while holding a Tay Bac (north-western) tourism fair and join international events. They will also focus on building a waterway tour on the Da River.

On the occasion, the culture departments, tourism promotion centres and travel associations of the eight localities signed a cooperation programme for 2017.