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Mekong Delta city targets 5.6 million tourists in 2017

Cai Rang Floating Market (Source: internet)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho expects to welcome 5.6 million tourists in 2017, including over 600,000 foreigners.

The tourism sector aims to rake in 2 trillion VND (88.6 million USD) in revenue, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Minh Son revealed at a conference in the city on January 11.

Can Tho will implement a project to build tourist sites, including Ninh Kieu Wharf, Cai Rang Floating Market, and dunes along the Hau River, he said.

The municipal authorities also aim to speed up a project preserving and developing the Cai Rang Floating Market to turn it into a special tourism product of the Mekong Delta and Can Tho city, he added.

Son also proposed the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism set up the Mekong Delta tourism development coordination committee, and approve a project establishing the municipal Department of Tourism – separate from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

In 2016, Can Tho greeted over 5.3 million vacationers, up 14 percent against the previous year, and earned over 1.8 trillion VND (79.7 million USD) from tourism.

The city has launched new tourism services such as the pedestrian bridge connecting Ninh Kieu Wharf and Can Khe Islet, five-star hotels, trade centers, high-end resorts, and golf courses./.

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