Vietnam cultural, historical educations for Ho Chi Minh City tourists
“In the process of global integration process, Vietnam needs a new, effective system for tourism,” said Institute for Social Development Studies Director Associate Professor Phan Xuan Bien, Ph.D., at a seminar entitled “Spreading Vietnamese history and culture to Ho Chi Minh City’s tourists”.
Researchers at a seminar on seeking to promote Vietnamese cultural and historical knowledge among Ho Chi Minh City tourists suggested most tourists coming to Ho Chi Minh City love learning about Vietnamese history and culture, a possible explanation for their attraction to historical and cultural monuments.
Pham Huu My, Ph.D., concluded historical and cultural monuments play an important role in tourism development in particular and in national economic development in general.
Cultural researcher Phan Cong Khanh proposed culture is embedded in every economy and vice versa, hence culture should be reified in economic events like music, movies, fashion shows and festivals.
It was also argued that Ho Chi Minh City is currently weak at designing tours covering both day-time activities and nightlife, yet a high percentage of tourists seek to explore the country’s culture and history at night as well, so most leave their tours at night and strike off by themselves.
Trinh Thi Hoa, Ph.D., thus proposed tourist operators work to improve services at museums, and issue books, CDs and brochures to satisfy tourists’ interests in Vietnam’s culture and history.
The seminar was held Wednesday morning at Ton Duc Thang Museum. Forty-one presentations were organized under three themes: Training Staff for National Tourism, The Role of Museum and Monuments in Ho Chi Minh City, and Introducing Vietnam’s Invisible Heritage to Tourists.