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Can Tho City becomes attractive destination for Japanese tourists

Updated at Thursday, 09 Nov 2017, 08:10
The Hanoitimes - The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho has been one of the most attractive destinations for Japanese tourists, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
Takahashi Ayumi, chief representative of JNTO in Vietnam, said that the number of Japanese visitors to Vietnam in the first nine months of 2017 rose 10.1 percent year-on-year 520,000, of which many of them chose Can Tho to visit, up 10 per cent year-on-year.
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 said.
However, experts said that local authorities should step up efforts to efficiently promote the city’s tourism.
Most of Japanese tourists enjoy ecotourism, together with local attractions, especially Cai Rang Floating Market.
Most of Japanese tourists enjoy ecotourism, together with local attractions,
especially Cai Rang Floating Market.
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 the 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 emphasized.
He said that JNTO has planned to organize more activities that further introduce and promote the city’s 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.
Minh Tam
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