BA RIA-VUNG TAU, 26 January 2017: The Ba Ria – Vung Tau’s People’s Committee announced, last week, it has established its own department of tourism.
The new department takes over from the national Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, following a People’s Council decision made last year.
Its organisation chart includes one director, two deputy directors and four specialised units.
Local media reported Trinh Hang, chairman of the board of directors of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Urban Development and Construction Joint Stock Company, was appointed as director of the Department of Tourism effective 16 January.
The provincial Party Committee’s secretary, Nguyen Hong Linh, said having a provincial department will help to focus resources and concentrate efforts to promote tourism to the province.
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 City is also seeking government approval to establish its own tourism department that will separate it from the country’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau is located on the coast of southeast Vietnam. It shares its border with Dong Nai Province to the north and Binh Thuan Province to the east, Ho Chi Minh City to the West. The province is a 100 km from Ho Chi Minh City.
In terms of tourism, Ba Ria- Vung Tau province is almost exclusively a domestic destination attracting Ho Chi Minh City residents who want to take a break at the beach, but there are moves afoot to promote travel from ASEAN.