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Moc Chau National Tourism Zone Sustaining Core Tourism Development

Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Son La province has defined tourism as a sustainable spearhead economic sector, driven by Moc Chau national tourism zone. In recent years, the province has created favourable policies to facilitate investors and enterprises to invest in Moc Chau national tourism zone, especially after the Prime Minister issued Decision 2050/QD-TTg approving the “Master plan for Moc Chau national tourism zone development to 2020, with a vision to 2030” on November 12, 2014 . This is an important legal basis for Son La province to arouse and promote tourism strength, promote tourism potential and attract investment capital for tourism, thus contributing to socioeconomic development and ensuring national defence and social security.

Moc Chau national tourism zone is planned on a total natural area of 206,150 ha in Moc Chau and Van Ho districts, designed to become a driving force of tourism development in Son La province and the northwest mountainous region where there are a variety of well-reputed and competitive unique tourism products based on beautiful natural scenery and cultural identity. The zone is expected to attract over 1.2 million tourists by 2020 and 3 million tourists by 2030, including 50,000 foreigners and fetch VND1,500 billion by 2020 and VND6,000 billion in 2030. Moc Chau national tourism zone will give priority to developing tourist markets in Red River provinces and northern mountainous provinces and focus on attracting tourists from target markets such as Western Europe, North America, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. At the same time, the zone will develop attractive, competitive tourism products, enhance the quality of travel, accommodation, restaurant and entertainment services and products; and focus on developing core tourism products like leisure tourism, medicinal tourism, agriculture-based ecological tourism, cultural and historical sightseeing tourism, and homestay.

In the coming time, Moc Chau national tourism zone will form three key tourism centres, namely Moc Chau resort centre, Moc Chau ecotourism centre and Moc Chau amusement centre; establish community-based tourism villages such as Ban Ang village (Dong Sang commune), Vat village (Muong Sang commune), Ta Phinh village (Tan Lap commune), Muong Khoa village (Chieng Khoa commune, Van Ho district). Together with attracting investment capital for tourism zone development and gradually establishing transnational tours between Moc Chau and Laos via Long Sap Border Gate as well as tours with other ASEAN countries such as Thailand and Myanmar.

To realise the plan, Son La province has accelerated marketing and investment promotion and provide the most favourable conditions for investors and enterprises. Moc Chau national tourism zone is strongly being transformed with the presence of many big projects invested by Muong Thanh Group with VND500-billion Muong Thanh Moc Chau Hotel and Moc Chau Construction Investment Joint Stock Company with VND100-billion Thao Nguyen 2 amusement park and hotel complex. In addition, large corporations such as Vingroup and Sungroup have world-class tourism investment intentions and plans in Moc Chau national tourism zone.

Son La province will also build Moc Chau and Van Ho into centres of high-quality agricultural product processing to function as motive forces for the development of high-quality agricultural and industrial product processing complex. Key products will be dairy products, tea, forest products, foods, flowers, fruits, wine, handicrafts, coal, talc ore, copper mining and building materials.

The space of Moc Chau national tourism zone will include a 1,502-ha tourism centre and satellite attractions like ecotourism sites, amusement parks, resorts and cultural villages in Moc Chau and Van Ho districts.

With the right orientation and firm direction of Son La province and Moc Chau district, and efforts of the Management Board of Moc Chau National Tourism Zone, Moc Chau will become a world-class poetic tourist attraction.

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