4:05:52 PM | 14/12/2006
With large areas of cajeput forests, submerged land and the cape extending deep into the sea, Ca Mau, like Kien Giang, An Giang are most promising provinces in the Mekong Delta for the development of tourism.
In recent years, Ca Mau has taken advantage of its natural resources to develop tourism. Important investments have been made for eco-tourism in the Cape, Song Trem fishing ground, bio-sphere 184 and U Minh Ha historic relics.
The province has also various kinds of tangible and intangible cultural assets to be developed into tourist products such as Uncle Ba Phi tales, Nam Bo amateur music and songs and Hon Khoai historic relic to name but a few.
According to Ca Mau Trade and Tourism Department, the number of tourists visiting the province increased year-on-year. Though the turnover is higher, the business efficiency remains low. The tourists spent less in the province as tourist products are both small in number and poor in quality. The province lacks supporting services such as hotels, transport means, souvenirs. The province has 24 hotels with over 1,000 rooms (700 rooms of international standard) but the occupancy is only 60% due to poor service.
The province has called for investments from all economic sectors, local and foreign, to make a breakthrough in tourism sector. The training of staff has been upgraded. The internal resources have been mobilized. In late 2003, Minh Nhat Trade and Tourism Co., Ltd invested over VND13 billion to build Da Bac tourist centre. When more facilities are completed, Da Bac will be the best tourist centre in Ca Mau province.
To promote tourism, the province will step up the advertisement and development of infrastructure, local gastronomy, traditional ingredients (honey, dried shrimp and fish), craft villages, supporting services, transport means and tourist website.
The province has a plan to develop tourism until 2010 and beyond to get more tourists for longer stays in the province.