CAN THO, 17 January 2017: Can Tho City is seeking government approval to establish its own tourism department separate from the country’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Saigon Times media quoted the department deputy director, Le Minh Son, saying the proposal has been sent to the central government through the Department of Home Affairs of Can Tho.
“A separate tourism department would help enhance the management and promotion of tourism,” he said.
In 2014, Ho Chi Minh City was the first city in Vietnam to set up its own department ending its reliance on the nation-wide Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Both Hanoi and Danang subsequently set up their own organisations.
Can Tho attracted 5.3 million visitors in 2015, up 14%. It recorded 590,200 international tourists and claimed USD80.4 million in tourism revenue, the report added.
Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest in the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong River empties into the South China Sea through an extensive network of waterways in the Mekong Delta region that lies southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
The region includes 13 provinces or municipalities: Can Tho; An Giang; Bac Lieu; Ben Tre; Ca Mau; Dong Thap; Hau Giang; kien Giang; Long An; Soc Trang; Tien Giang; Tra Vinh; and Vinh Long.