Can Tho develops community ecotourism towards sustainability

According to Deputy Director of Can Tho Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Minh Tuan, in 2018, the city welcomed about 8 million tourists, including 2.5 million staying guests, with the total revenue reaching nearly VND 3,800 billion.
These figures are much higher than in 2017. In particular, there is a shift in the demand of visitors from participating in sightseeing-shopping to vacation-experience, especially the community ecotourism picture.
Community ecotourism is a type of tourism organized by the community, based on the nature and local culture to make tourism, parallel to the goal of environmental protection.
With the tourism community, this model helps increase income in a sustainable way. For tourists, this is an opportunity to learn, raise awareness about the environment and cultural exchanges, experience the daily life of the community. Can Tho has such a model in Son dynasty.
Strength of natural resources and culture
Con Son is over 67ha (area 1, Bui Huu Nghia ward, Binh Thuy district), is a alluvial strip of land accreted, emerging in the middle of the Hau river, is like a pearl in the dragon's mouth of Long Tuyen ancient village .
Although Son Doong residents only started to know about tourism since the end of 2015, but with the strength from fruit-laden gardens, fish ponds, river wharves, along with the peaceful, friendly and peaceful life of the people In the western part of the river, in recent years, tourists have flocked to Son dynasty more and more, revenue from tourism has also increased.
In particular, the alluvial soil is deposited by the Hau River, the soil of Son alcohol is extremely fertile, the fruit is fresh and fruitful all year round. In order not to step on each other's footsteps, 74 households here planted a variety of fruits such as breast milk, rambutan, longan, and pomelo. Every season is awake, visitors to the dunes, visiting the gardens will always have delicious dishes to enjoy right at the garden.Also due to being surrounded by a peaceful Hau river, in addition to fruit trees, nature also gives alcoholic people a rich resource of seafood. Many households take advantage of natural water sources to develop models of raising fish in the river, reducing the cost of changing water, developing tourism, as well as expanding the output for products by selling fish and shrimp stalls to visitors make gifts.
Combining strengths from nature, Son Son provides community ecotourism services for tourists. Accordingly, visitors to Son dynasty after being relax in the hammock between the orchards, will be visited by households to learn about making cakes, gardening, slapping fish traps ...
Before leaving alcohol, visitors will experience and enjoy the unique tourist product "community tray." Accordingly, each dish on the community tray is prepared from a household on the alcohol, each family. contribute a dish according to each condition.Fish hot pot house; the house has a boiled vegetable with stale and grilled snakehead fish; other houses donated Tam Dien pancake, chicken with Sau Canh pomelo, Nam Phuoc crab hotpot, and Bon Bon fish with bone, etc. momentum love village neighbors.
Such a tourism cooperation model helps farmers to promote their family's strengths, creating a fairly uniform income.
Households with gardens and fish rafts combined with experience tours, skillful artisans make folk cakes for tourists, households that do not have vegetable gardens or fish ponds can still participate in the supply chain. products by contributing labor, service ...Depending on preferences, visitors can choose any service in that chain, people pay attention to improve their products and attract more visitors.
Mrs. Nam Phuoc, the owner of Song Khanh garden, said that the attraction of Son Son community lies in the sincerity and intimacy in the way of treating guests like their family members.
Products on alcohol, if separated, are nothing special, because it is similar to many other tourist destinations in the Mekong Delta region. However, through the way of serving, through the stories of the people on alcohol, visitors will feel close, attached to this land. Many of them have returned to Sơn's dunes with their friends and relatives.
According to Ms. Nam Phuoc, the households on the alcohol are almost the fourth, fifth generation, the former land and the hereditary and stable settlements. Everyone knows each other, even close ties like relatives. In addition, due to the characteristics of alcoholic land, the rainy season is likely to be at risk of landslides, so when any household has a problem, the whole people come to help.Based on such community culture foundation, the development of eco-tourism and alcohol-based community tourism has its advantages as well as its distinctive features compared to the community tourism models in other localities.
Culture of the river also marks the belief and spirituality of the Son dynasty people through the temple of Ba Chua Xu Temple worshiped on alcohol. According to "he from" Huynh Ngoc Ngon (Tu Canh) and the temple, she has been living for nearly 100 years, believing that she is the guardian, protecting people working in the river, and also preserving the land. blessing people on healthy alcohol, prospering business.
Every 9th to 9th day of the second lunar month is the anniversary of Grandma's death. If tourists come to alcohol on this occasion, they will be joined by indigenous people to participate in this special spiritual festival, culturally dense, river and river.In addition, Sơn dynasty is also considered as a "sleeping princess," with many cultural values ​​opening up every day. cultural.
When seeing the things people use every day such as water jars, flower pots, and even pots for livestock food ... they have shown residents Son Son that these are rare and precious artifacts, not only prices economic value if sold in the market, but also has great historical and cultural value, engraved with many imprints during the period of reclaiming his father's land in this land. Since then, people have been instructed how to preserve, display, and advance to serve tourism, then preserve the culture and history for Son alcohol.
In the working session with representatives of tourism people on Son dunes, former Vice Chairman of the City People's Committee Le Van Tam emphasized the views of the city leaders, community ecotourism models. is the people so the link must be in the people.People's Committee of Binh Thuy District, Bui Huu Nghia Ward or other branches, state management levels in tourism need to respect people's opinions. People have the right to express their aspirations and suggestions to help community tourism engage and develop. In state management and direction, there must be transparency, fairness, consensus from the people, support and help people become more attached to the community tourism model.
In the above view, Mr. Nguyen Minh Tuan said that the role of management levels is to create a legal environment and policies for people in alcoholic areas to develop sustainable tourism; create support mechanisms to attract more households to participate, as well as people can link with enterprise resources and scientists.In addition, the role of managers is reflected in the support of infrastructure, science and technology, food safety standards.
Con Son needs to refurbish, upgrade and improve traffic, environmental sanitation, electricity and water systems ... on the basis of preserving the wild and private features of alcohol, not breaking the overall picture of ecology Son alcohol.
Mrs. Phan Kim Ngan (Bay Muon), Chairman of the Inter-generational Club, helps each other, is temporarily holding a role of representing tourism households on Son dunes, wondering from the number of 15 households doing tourism. In September 2015, there were more than 30 households participating in Son alcoholic tourism community club. This number is increasing, because households are aware of their strengths, as well as seeing stable income from tourism activities.
The desire of the households is to establish Son Son Community Tourism Club, which belongs to the Mekong Delta Tourism Association, in order to have proper development orientations. However, there have been 4 times to submit applications but still have difficulties in administrative procedures, so far this legitimate aspiration of the people has not yet become a reality.
The Intergenerational Club helps one another, with the help of a number of independent consultants, has made plans to bring the Son Son community ecotourism to a sustainable development, with a focus on Development factor in parallel with environmental protection.One of the campaigns that Son Son community has launched and has done so thoroughly, is "say no to nylon bags." All nylon bags are replaced with paper bags, vegetables, tied with bananas. In addition, the community also joined hands to propagandize, implement and monitor each other so that no one would litter indiscriminately, especially littering the river.
Besides, the tourism products of Son alcohol will also be associated with cultural stories, blowing soul into dishes ... to make special, specialize the product of alcohol.In the coming time, Son Du tourism community will also deploy a plan to build a gallery of antiques.
Currently, antiquities are displayed on a family scale, leading to spread, as well as difficulties in preserving and exploiting tourism. Therefore, the model of a general exhibition house when completed is expected to be a new and attractive tourist destination, adding to the choice for visitors to Son dynasty.


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