Turning Tourism into Key Economic Sector

12:41:27 PM | 21/8/2019

Bac Kan has diverse natural and cultural tourism resources and is blessed by beautiful natural landscapes. To further develop tourism in commensuration with its potential and strengths, Bac Kan province needs a groundbreaking boost. Vietnam Business Forum Magazine has an interview with Mr. Ha Van Truong, Director of Bac Kan Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, on this issue. Duy Binh reports.

Could you please tell us some outstanding results that the Bac Kan tourism industry achieved?

Currently, Bac Kan province has many types of tourism such as ecological tourism, cultural tourism, historical tourism, spiritual cultural tourism, community tourism and festival - handicraft tourism, local exploration tourism and adventure tourism that woo domestic and foreign tourists. The province has focused on tapping its potential and advantages for tourism development.

With respect to branding tourism resources, by the end of 2018, the province had two special national relics, 12 national relics, 38 provincial relics, and 14 intangible cultural heritages included in the list of national intangible cultural heritages by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Besides, the province has focused on planning local tourism development and directed infrastructure investment to facilitate tourism development. Tourism planning projects approved by the Provincial People’s Committee for specific periods included the Master Plan for Ba Be Lake Tourism Area Development to 2020; the Detailed Plan for Tourism Sites in Ba Be National Park: Nang River - Ba Be Lake Junction Area; Bam Cam; Ba Be National Park Administration Center; the Plan for Ba Be Tourist Area Development to 2030 and the Master Plan for Bac Kan Tourism Development to 2025, with a vision to 2030. Simultaneously in 2018, the Bac Kan Provincial People’s Committee held a workshop on tourism development.

In 2018, the Provincial People’s Committee licensed four tourism investment projects. The province had 207 tourist accommodation facilities, including 22 hotels, 67 tourist lodges and 118 houses with rooms for rent. Particularly, in Ba Be Tourist Area, there are currently 72 tourist accommodation facilities. Currently, Bac Kan is home to 10 tourist companies.

What should the tourism sector of Bac Kan province do to make tourism an important and sustainable economic sector in the coming time?

In order to become a leading and sustainable economic sector, the tourism industry of Bac Kan province needs to carry out the following contents in the coming time:

Tourism development in Bac Kan must be in line with the national tourism development strategy, the regional tourism development orientation, and the provincial socioeconomic development planning. Rapid, effective and sustainable tourism development must be guaranteed economic, political, cultural, social, environmental inclusion, security and defense, associated with preservation and promotion of natural, cultural and historical values, linked to community interests, poverty reduction, and livelihood improvement for local people. The sector will actively advance international and regional economic integration, and expand domestic and international tourism development cooperation as follows:

Developing tourism into an important sector in the local economic structure; giving a helping hand to economic restructuring, poverty reduction, local cultural conservation and environmental protection; developing tourism as a driving force for developing other economic sectors.

The tourism sector of Bac Kan province has focused on planning and investing in tourism infrastructure construction, historical and cultural relic restoration; forming tours, tourist routes in the province and with other provinces in the region; and unlocking local advantages of ecological tourism, historical tourism and cultural identity, engaging all economic sectors and local dwellers.

Developing tourism in association with preserving, promoting and restoring cultural identity values ​​of ethnic groups, raising people's intellectual levels, material and spiritual life; paying attention to interests of communities where tourism resources are available, supporting local people to join tourism activities; and linking tourism activities with natural preservation and environmental protection.

Developing Ba Be Tourist Area into a national tourist site and developing the tourist space according to four tourist groups: Bac Kan City, Cho Don, Na Ri and Ba Be.

Could you please reveal some tourism promotion activities for the coming time?

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism advised the Provincial People’s Committee to issue Decision 2229/QD-UBND dated December 21, 2018 on the launch of Bac Kan Tourism Promotion Plan in 2019 - 2020 as a basis for implementing tourism promotion tasks. At the same time, in 2020-2025, the sector will focus on carrying out the following contents: Building Bac Kan tourism brand; upgrading tourism websites and publishing tourism publications; organizing tour programs across Northwest heritage sites; organizing and participating in tourism promotion fairs in Vietnam and foreign nations; building Bac Kan tourism database; and improving tourism communication quality on mass media.