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Deputy Prime Minister: Tourism planning avoids destroying natural landscapes

11/02/07 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has great potential to develop tourism, including its natural resources of rivers, sea, islands, mountains, forests, historical and cultural sites but in planning for tourism development there remain shortcomings and a lack of uniform and far-sighted plans.

Tourism planning avoids destroying natural landscapes

Addressing the conference on tourism review 2006 held by the National Administration of Tourism in Hanoi this morning, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said: The tourism sector in particular and other sectors need to boost tourism development work and re-assess this work so as to avoid improper plans that lead to destroying natural landscapes.

The deputy prime minister gave an example that some localities in Vietnam had failed to plan successfully and coastal areas had been cut into pieces, “causing difficulties to build international-standard tourist complexes.” Big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City lack five-star hotels; as a result tourists cannot book rooms, and the sector is unable to meet the rising needs of international tourists.

Therefore, the deputy prime minister suggested “favourable positions should be used to build luxury hotels in big cities, and luxury resorts and high-quality tourist complexes in localities. “If the planning work for tourism development is not done immediately, there will be no more land to build international-standard tourist sites,” he stressed.

He said that if the planning work is well-done and good tourist projects are made, it will not be difficult to attract investment in tourism. “It is not easy to draw around US $1billion into an industrial project but it is not difficult to attract several billion dollars into tourist projects, for example, billions of dollars have been attracted to projects in Phu Quoc island, Phu Yen, Con Dao,” the deputy prime minister said.

The deputy prime minister also stressed the importance of boosting the personnel training work for tourism development and a strengthening of international relations and co-operation in tourism development, viewing it as “a key work to keep tourists staying longer periods in Vietnam, drawing tourists to Vietnam and encouraging return visits to Vietnam.”

Also at the conference, Deputy Head of the National Administration of Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh said, the Vietnamese tourism sector had selected the year 2007 as a year to “improve the quality and administrative reform” with a concrete target of attracting about 24.4 million tourists, including about 4.4 million international tourists, an increase from 11.1% to 22.2% against last year.

This year, the tourism sector has targeted earnings of around VND 56,000 billion, about 10% higher than 2006.

(Source: Nhandan)

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