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Da Lat: Adventure Tourism Development Placed in Spotlight

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Da Lat, a city of Lam Dong province, is known as one of the most appealing tourist attractions in Vietnam, as it is blessed with cool and pleasant climate, romantic landscapes and unique Western architecture. Especially, in recent years, Da Lat has developed more types of adventure tourism, which is attracted and applauded by tourists.

New direction
Mother Nature endows spectacular mountain ranges, romantic waterfalls, beautiful rivers and lakes, and steep cliffs on Da Lat City, enabling it to develop adventure tourism.

This new type of tourism has developed robustly in recent years. Many travel agencies have opened sightseeing tours, discovery tours and conquering tours such as mountain climbing, waterfall crossing, rowing, and paragliding. Currently, 10 travel firms in the city are qualified for organising and operating adventurous sporting tourism.

Ms Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, Deputy Director of Lam Dong Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said, “After their surveys, many companies have developed adventure tourism programmes, imported specialised technical equipment from foreign countries, and sent tour guides to attend in-depth training courses organised by domestic and foreign training institutions.”

According to statistics, tourist arrivals to Da Lat-Lam Dong were estimated at nearly 3 million in the first six months of 2017, an increase of about 13.4 per cent from the same period of 2016. Particularly, foreign tourist arrivals jumped 44.3 per cent. In the last six months of the year, the city will welcome even more tourists as many fascinating events will be held in the city like culture-sports tournament in October, Da Lat Flower Festival and New Year Holiday. In the past few years, adventure tourism has contributed significantly to the city’s tourism development.

Professional adventure tourism development
No matter what tourism type is, tourist safety is always the most important. Therefore, adventure tourism must be organised methodologically to ensure the absolute safety for participants no matter how developed it is. Then, this new tourism type can develop sustainably and become a key tourism form of Da Lat City.

Mr Pham Tien Dung, General secretary of Hanoi Unesco Travel Club, said, “Adventure tourism participants are mainly foreign tourists or young Vietnamese tourists who are interested in discovering and conquering. However, as this is a new kind tourism in Vietnam, there is still no legal basis for management, resulting in unhealthy competition which hurts honest business units.”

To foster adventure tourism development, it is necessary to build a close legal system, train and strictly supervise every activity and unit in each location. In particular, unlike other tourism forms, reducing prices and quality of adventure tourism products may directly affect human health and life. Thus, trying to offer lower prices by investing in inferior equipment must be punished strictly to create a fair competitive environment, a safe and attractive tourist environment.
In addition, travel firms need to cooperate with each other, exchange experience and learn new technologies to build quality products and create the prestige and image of friendly, secure and sustainable tourism.

Furthermore, relevant parties should attach much importance to checking equipment, facilities, rescue plans and safety warning systems. They should also train tour guides to improve their foreign language skills, and first aid techniques.

At the working session called “Focusing on developing Da Lat into a friendly tourist centre”, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien appreciated efforts and results of Lam Dong province in general and Da Lat City in particular, especially proper investment for culture, sports and tourism. He suggested Lam Dong province see tourism development as a spearhead economic sector and a growth engine as well. Apart from economic development, it is necessary to focus on sustainable cultural development and eradicate bad acts in tourism to turn Da Lat into a friendly, sustainable and charming destination for domestic and foreign tourists.

Giang Tu

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