Transport infrastructure, especially air routes, is an important bottleneck in driving tourism development in Can Tho and Mekong Delta provinces. Over the years, this issue has been discussed and given many solutions for investors and carriers to approach and open flight routes. The roadmap is quite long and faces many difficulties, due to concerns about the market. Meanwhile, charter flights (charter flights) connecting Can Tho with Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Thailand have been exploited. Although initially not achieved the ideal results as expected, but gradually also created stability in the market, especially Can Tho - Bangkok (Thailand). This created a premise for many firms: Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Bamboo Airways ... to open many routes connecting Can Tho to Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Hai Phong, Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Thailand. , Malaysia. So far, Can Tho has 9 domestic routes and 2 international routes, increasing 2-3 times compared to previous years. This increase has contributed to change and create a connection between Can Tho, the provinces and cities of the Mekong Delta with the provinces of the North, Central, Central Highlands and international. Evidence is that many famtrip delegations from provinces and cities: Khanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hai Phong, Malaysia ... came to Can Tho, opening up many opportunities to promote and connect tours and routes.
Mr. Duong Hoai Nam - Director of Vietjet Air in the North, said that in 2018 the number of passengers transporting Vietjet Air's routes to and from Can Tho to Hanoi and Da Nang increased by 150,000 visitors. Particularly in the first quarter of 2019, this number is about 112,000 visitors, this is a remarkable change. More specifically, in 2018, Vietjet Air has about 5 flights / day from Can Tho to other places, since 2-2019, this number has increased to 9-10 flights / day. “I think this is an opportunity to boost the number of tourists to Can Tho and the Mekong Delta, creating a premise for the development of tourism among localities. The organization of this famtrip delegation is expected to create a connection for Can Tho and Mekong Delta provinces with provinces in the North and North Central. At the same time, promoting creative new experiences and products in addition to traditional products ”, Mr. Duong Hoai Nam,The director of Vietjet Air in the Northern region - Head of Famtrip Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An has just arrived in Can Tho, stressed. The aforementioned famtrip team not only stopped in Can Tho but also surveyed the inter-products of Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau. Ms. Nguyen Thi Ha, Vietravel Director of Hai Phong, acknowledged: “Can Tho has renovated a lot, especially in urban infrastructure and face, this is convenient for organizing MICE tourism activities (tourism Conference and seminar combination-PV). In addition, the connection of direct flights has created favorable conditions for traffic so that travel agencies can easily understand and build new routes and tours on product experience in Can Tho and Mekong Delta ” .
Flight connections have clearly brought many advantages for Can Tho in tourism development. The difference in natural resources, culture, cuisine among regions is the attraction to create unique tourism products, diversified tour routes, market expansion and increase attractiveness to tourists. With the advantage of air routes, Can Tho has many opportunities to connect and promote tourism products. In order to increase the attraction for Can Tho tourism, it is necessary to create more new tourism products, extend the travel time by festival event activities, as well as have appropriate tourism stimulus programs according to season.Mr. Nguyen Hoang An, Director of Can Tho Tourism Development Center, said: “The opening of the flight route has brought many opportunities for Can Tho tourism to develop, especially the connection with many key provinces and cities. travel. We have welcomed many famtrip delegations from provinces in the North, Central, Central Highlands and internationally ... to survey tourism products in Can Tho, this is a good thing to promote and expand the market ”. According to Mr. Nguyen Hoang An, in the near future, Can Tho also has many projects and plans on building new tourism products, festival events to serve tourists. In addition to some new routes that will open more in the near future, Can Tho is also focusing on developing river products, such as Can Tho - Con Dao route (open late 2019) to diversify tourism products. , organize the Vietnam International Tourism Fair event to enhance promotion and attract visitors.
Although the new routes only come into operation not long, but the interest of visitors is quite a lot. According to initial records of travel agencies and ticketing agencies, Can Tho - Bangkok, Can Tho - Lien Khuong and Can Tho - Cam Ranh are now the new routes of interest and the number of tickets is high. Summer visitors to Can Tho are also expected to increase 2-3 times faster than before.
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