Chiem Hoa’s tourism potential untapped
Chiem Hoa’s tourism sector is focusing on promoting tourism development based on the local potential in historical heritage sites, landscapes and cultural values. This policy has already had positive results with during the April 30-May 1 holiday, the Ban Ba waterfall ecotourism zone in Trung Ha Commune, Chiem Hoa District, Tuyen Quang Province alone welcoming nearly 7,000 visitors.
Untapped local potential
It takes us more than one hour to travel about 70km from the Tuyen Quang City to Chiem Hoa by the Highway 2 and what impressed us most was the cool and fresh environment and the rustic friendliness of the people.
We visited the Kim Binh historical site located in Bo Cung Village. This was where the Communist Party of Vietnam’s 2nd National Congress was held. Chiem Hoa is already well-known for its cave systems and 18 ethnic groups, which means it offers fertile soil for developing discovery travel and tourism models.
Ban Ba waterfall ecotourism zone in Trung Ha Commune is located about 20km from Vinh Loc Town, Chiem Hoa District. It boasts beautiful foaming waterfalls that pour down the valley. It is regarded as a giant air conditioner to cool down its surrounding areas. Ban Ba waterfall was rated as a national tourism site in 2007 and has been managed and exploited by the Song Gam Co. Ltd. ever since.
Ban Ba Waterfall in Trung Ha Commune
Director of the Song Gam Co. Ltd Tran Van Ket said, “It is summer time, so a lot of tourists have come to visit the zone. We have recorded nearly 7,000 visitors during the April 30-May 1 holiday.”
Additionally, visitors to Chiem Hoa may join many local unique festivals including Long Tong at Vinh Loc Town, Ban Cuong at Minh Quang Commune, Ban Ho at Phu Binh Commune, or visit famous temples like Bach Than in Vinh Loc Town, Dam Hong in Ngoc Hoi Commune and Phu Chua in Minh Quang Commune. Roads to these landscapes have also been concreted.
Tourism development strategy needed
The Chiem Hoa District People’s Committee in collaboration with the Tuyen Quang Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a May meeting on promoting local tourism development links with the intention of developing the local economy, which already attracted more than 30 travel companies located inside and outside Tuyen Quang.
According to Vice Chairman of the Chiem Hoa District People’s Committee Nguyen Hong Ha, Chiem Hoa has potential to develop cultural, spiritual, ecological and discovery tourism models. However, the local tourism infrastructure is poor and it is difficult to call for investors.
Deputy Director of the Saigontourist Hanoi Travel Company Nguyen Thi Thuy Hung said, “The Kim Binh historical site is suitable for delegations of Youth Union and Party members. Meanwhile, it is also suitable for young tourists who like to discover and experience a new site, especially European visitors. However, local authorities should have tourism development and related propaganda plans to attract visitors as well as investors.”
We find it difficult to access long-term loans from banks as investing in tourism often requires longer periods before returns. We’re eager for investment incentives and preferential policies,” said Tran Van Ket.
In the future, Chiem Hoa will continue to promote tourism development in various forms including raising local people’s awareness of local tourism development and increasing investment in conservation and renovation of cultural and historical landscapes and national monuments, said Nguyen Hong Ha./.