Making Tourism a Key Economic Sector

11:22:39 AM | 31/1/2020

Defined as a “golden land” for tourism development, Vinh Phuc has long been known for its strength as a destination for MICE tourism, golf tourism and spiritual tourism.

Abundant tourism potential

By promoting good geographic and economic advantages like lying near Hanoi, big cities and northern key economic areas; utilizing rich tourism resources such as Tam Dao National Park, Tam Dao Resort, Tay Thien, Dai Lai and Dam Vac scenic landscapes, as well as upholding historical, cultural and belief values, the Vinh Phuc tourism sector has gradually built its brand and become an attractive, safe and friendly tourism destination.

In the past 5 years, tourist arrivals to Vinh Phuc increased over 15% on average, totaling over 31.3 million from 2011 to 2019, of which domestic tourists accounted for 99.12%. The average tourist length of stay was about 1.5 days in the province.

The number and quality of tourist accommodation facilities also increased significantly, rising from 172 facilities with 2,779 rooms and five travel businesses in 2011 to 410 facilities with 7,500 rooms and 2,617 employees in 2019.

Tourism revenue grew steadily over the years, reaching VND1,910 billion in 2019, up 14% over 2018 and 92.18% over 2011.

Seven million visitors by 2020

In the coming time, Vinh Phuc will continue to improve the quality of tourism culture and tourism services to unlock local tourism potential and advantages and contribute positively to local socioeconomic development.

Mr. Duong Quang Ung, Deputy Director of Vinh Phuc Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that in 2020 and beyond, Vinh Phuc tourism industry will focus on the following contents:

Further informing, thoroughly understanding and consistently deploying tasks and solutions stated in the Politburo's Resolution 08-NQ/TW dated January 16, 2017 on developing tourism into a key economic sector; Resolution 01-TU of the Provincial Party Committee, Plan 829/KH-UBND of the Provincial People's Committee and the Master Plan for Tourism Development to enhance awareness, create consensus and make new breakthroughs in tourism development in a right, rapid and sustainable manner.

Concentrating all resources to utilize local tourism potential and advantages; building Tam Dao into a national tourist area; planning and investing in tourism infrastructure like transportation, electricity, water supply and environment; selectively attracting high-class tourism investment projects and developing attractive and highly competitive products and services, creating a new and fundamental strategic breakthrough in tourism development.

Developing sustainable tourism by protecting the ecological environment, harmonizing the natural landscape, promoting national cultural values, ensuring security, national defense and social order and safety.

In 2019, Vinh Phuc welcomed over 6, 1 million tourists, an increase of 17% over 2018 (international visitor arrivals reached 43,500).

In 2020, the province aims to attract 7 million visitors, including 44,500 international visitors, and obtain tourism revenue of VND2,200 billion

Building Vinh Phuc into an attractive destination, creating distinction, competitiveness and prestige on the country's tourist map; speeding ​​up tourism development to catch up with other localities in the region; increasing the share of tourism sector in the province's GRDP to become an important economic sector in the local socioeconomic development landscape to 2020; striving to make Vinh Phuc a national key tourist destination and upholding the Vinh Phuc tourism brand.

Vinh Phuc will mobilize investment resources to quickly increase modern and professional accommodation facilities, restaurants, entertainment spots and service facilities to meet growing needs of visitors; and accelerate the progress of large-scale projects linked to the Vinh Phuc Socioeconomic Development Master Plan to 2020, with a vision to 2030, as approved by the Prime Minister.

 Ngo Ha (Vietnam Business Forum)