HCMC focuses on waterway tourism

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HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 June 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities will strengthen the city’s waterway tourism through a business plan, 2017 to 2020,  in an effort to offer more travel options for visitors.

Local media reported that at least seven new waterway tourism programmes would be implemented on the Sai Gon, Dong Nai, Nha Be, Soai Rap and Long Tau rivers and inner canals.

Waterway tourism in the city is expected to attract 450,000 tourists by 2018 increasing 15% annually over the next three years, it said.

The Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, downstream of the Dong Nai – Sai Gon rivers system, is traversed by nearly 1,000 km of rivers and canals, with huge potential for waterway tourism.

Vietnam has identified river and ocean cruises as a priority for its tourism development.

Since 2013, the city has allocated funds to build 13 berths and wharfs for tourist boats to dock, while 21 others have been funded by private investors.

From 2013 to the third quarter of 2016, the number of tourists buying river tours rose 11.5% to 257,700. But in the nine months of 2106, the number remained unchanged at 68,000, the same as in 2015, the report added.