According to the Steering Committee for tourism development in Soc Trang: By mid-October, the total tourists to Soc Trang is estimated at nearly 1.2 million, nearly 90% of the plan, and more than 8% over the same period in 2015. Total revenue from tourism activities reached nearly 380 billion, with 87% of the plan year and up 11% compared to the same period last year.
The current condition of Soc Trang tourism
In the total number of visitors to Soc Trang from this year, domestic visitors accounted for the majority of the 1.13 million people, reaching 89% of the plan year and up 8% compared to 2015; International visitors increased but still small share with 47,437 visitors, up 12% compared to 2016.
Tran Minh Ly, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for tourism development in Soc Trang province, said implementation of the Resolution of the province’s tourism development, Soc Trang province has done well working in collaboration with the tourism industry in big cities like Ho Chi Minh city, Can Tho city and the provinces in Southwestern to sign tourism cooperation and development period 2016 – 2020, the province has strengthened the call for investment into six tourism projects, development of infrastructure and tourism products; promoted the popularization as well as improved the quality of human resources for tourism, improved the quality of service and the type of culture for tourists…
According to Tran Minh Ly, the increased number of passengers and the total tourism revenue is a good sign of the tourism industry in particular, and Soc Trang in general, however, the policies to encourage investment and support is still not attractive to tourism investors; not really linked activities with the activities of travel sites, villages. Some business travel units are not interested in the training, professional training so it affects the quality of service for tourists.
The plan for the next period
To continue to attract tourists looking for the province, in the last months, Soc Trang has set out plans to further promote the province’s tourism advantage of the eco-tourism, cultural tourism and spirituality society, connect with other localities to open Tour, the new service; investment funds to build and supplement the missing items such as parking lots, ramps, entrance of the resort, the famous temples; promote the information, tourism promotion festival’s events Oc – Om – Bok and Soc Trang Ngo boat race in mid-November 2016. At the same time the province also directs the district and town building community tourism focusing on the construction of the route from An Hiep – Tan Phu, Vinh Chau, Tran De to Con Dao.