VGP – Under the motto “Northwest colors,” the 2017 National Tourism Year was opened in Lao Cai city, the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai last weekend.
The launching of the 2017 National Tourism Year, Lao Cai, February 17, 2017 - Photo: Lao Cai Newspaper
The event drew the attendance of Mr. Nguyen Van Binh, Head the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission and the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region.
Mr. Binh underlined the significance of the event, saying that it started a wide range of activities towards realizing the target of turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector of the nation.
As the host of National Tourism Year, Lao Cai has coordinated with other regional localities, focusing on developing typical tourist products of the northwestern region.
The region will focus on eight products, including community-based tourism, terraced rice fields, flower seasons and mountain trekking, he added.
The region has 12 areas earmarked for tourism development under the national strategy on the field through 2020, including the Dong Van Karst Plateau, the Ban Gioc Falls, Mau Son Mountain, Ba Be Lake, Tan Trao, Dien Bien and Hoa Binh Reservoir.
Four national tourist attractions that are featured in the strategy are Lao Cai city (Lao Cai province), Pac Po historical site (Cao Bang province), Lang Son city (Lang Son province), and Mai Chau district (Hoa Binh province).
The northwest region comprises eight provinces, namely Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Son La and Phu Tho./.
By Kim Loan