The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang will spend US$20.476 million on developing tourism this year.
Floating Market in Tien Giang
According to the plan, the province’s tourism authority will strengthen tourism infrastructure, launch new tours and add more travel products. It will also tackle long-standing problems that impact on the tourism business, mainly tourist-related scams.
Myanmar’s immigration minister Khin Yi says the Muse-Shwe Li border gate will soon be upgraded to provide a new tourist entry point to the country.
The immigration minister told local media that the border gates between Myanmar and Thailand – including Tachileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot, Kawthoung-Ranong and Htee Khee-Sunaron – have also been upgraded as official international entry points for international visitors allowing them to travel freely to other destinations in the country and exit through a different checkpoint if required.
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 722,349 international travellers in December representing an increase of 14.1% over the same month in 2012.
Thailand’s outbound trips to Vietnam ranked 10th with 27,053 improving 25.0% during the same month in 2012.
China continued to lead the field with 181,671 visits increasing 28.7% followed by South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and the United States.
To reach 7.5 million tourist arrivals by 2020, Myanmar will need to improve human resources and offer a variety of tourism destinations, according to Myanmar Travel Association chairman, Aung Myat Kyaw.
He told that the country’s political and economic reform would help to create the environment to sustain a massive growth in tourism. He talked about pent-up demand in major tourism source markets mainly in Europe that could deliver quality tourism to the country.
Cat Ba Island, administered by Hai Phong City, introduced free Wi-Fi internet late last month to improve services for tourists.
Wonderful bird-eye view in Cat Ba Island
The service is part of a project to turn the city’s centre including a convention centre and Cat Ba Island into user-friendly Wi-Fi zones for tourists.
The project cost US$253,000 to establish 25 Wi-Fi hotspots.