Dien Bien (VNA) – The expanded northwestern
region welcomed more than 20 million tourists in 2018, including nearly 2
million foreigners, heard a conference in Dien Bien province’s Dien Bien Phu
city on March 17.
The expanded northwestern provinces, namely Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh, Son La,
Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Phu Tho and Ha Giang, earned a combined nearly 23 trillion
VND (989 million USD) from the tourism sector, up 26 percent year-on-year and
exceeding the set target by 9 percent.
According to the steering board for the tourism cooperation programme in eight expanded
northwestern provinces, the localities focused on developing special tourism
products and paid attention to tourism promotion through exhibitions and
They sent delegations to the Vietnam-Northern Laos tourism promotion conference
in the Lao province of Luang Prabang and carried out tourism cooperation
activities in Laos’ northern provinces.
However, the development pace has yet to match their potential and advantages,
the board said, pointing out limitations in technical infrastructure, transport
and human resources, along with unattractive inter-regional tourism products.
Besides, the region has failed to attract large-scale projects to create
breakthroughs for the local tourism sector, while cooperation programmes have not
brought about good outcomes, the board added.
In 2019, the board aims to step up tourism connectivity and promotion, as well
as human resources development in service of the sector.
Special attention will be paid to cooperation in tourism product development
between the eight provinces by organising a photo contest, developing waterway
tourism connecting Hoa Binh with Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau through Da
River, and implementing cooperation documents signed with Laos’ northern
They provinces will continue to participate in international travel fairs and promote
northwestern culture in Hanoi, while organising training courses for tourism