Rivers and markets figure in HCMC plan

HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will focus on developing new products including river tourism and traditional shopping to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the city.

Local media quoted the department director, Bui Ta Hoang Vu, saying the city would add more cultural  events and attractions.

The department has identified river tourism, food tourism, rural tourism and street art festivals as priority projects.

inside no 2The city’s tourism authorities also plan to develop Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon wholesale markets to attract more tourists interested in shopping in traditional markets.

“HCMC will manage to make the three wholesale markets attractive venues for visitors. The markets will sell products originating in the country from different communities noted for their expertise in handicraft production,” the director explained.

Tourism experts also suggested that the city needs to improve its garbage management, wastewater treatment, food safety and resolve traffic congestion to become a world-class destination.

Ho Chi Minh City targets 6 million international visitors in 2017. The city welcomed more than 5.2 million foreign tourists last year, a rise of 10% against 2015.