According to a recently issued waterway tourism development plan by the municipal People’s Committee, the city will utilize the Saigon, Nha Be, Soai Rap, and Long Tau Rivers, as well as other rivers connecting the city with Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Tien Giang, Long An, and Ben Tre Provinces, for tourism purposes in the 2023-25 period.
The plan will also incorporate numerous inner-city canals.
The city plans to launch a minimum of 10 waterway tourism programs by 2025 to cater to both residents and tourists.
The city is actively working towards accommodating an anticipated influx of approximately 500,000 annual tourists arriving by ship in both 2023 and 2024.
The expected growth rate for the next few years is projected to be 10 percent annually.
The municipal administration has set a target of achieving an annual revenue of VND300 billion (US$12.6 million) from waterway tourism in 2023 and 2024.
The projected annual earnings growth rate is set at 10% in the subsequent years.
During the initial two years of implementing the plan, the city anticipates approximately 100,000 international cruise guests annually.
The projected growth rate for international tourist arrivals by cruise ship in the coming years is estimated to be between 12-15 percent.
|Various entertainment activities and art performances were held at the Ho Chi Minh River Festival, which took place from August 4 to 6, 2023. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre|
The municipal administration is actively working towards cultivating waterway tourism as a distinctive aspect of the city’s tourism by 2030. This will not only contribute to the diversification of tourism services and products, but also serve as a means to enhance the city’s overall tourism offerings.
By 2050, the city will have a total of 200 speedboats and 100 ships and yachts available to cater to passengers travelling through the waterways.
In order to achieve its objectives, the People’s Committee has directed relevant agencies to prioritize the enhancement of waterway tourism products, specifically river tours, during the 2023-2024 timeframe.
The municipal administration is actively enhancing voice-over translation systems to offer tourists comprehensive information about the historical and cultural significance of the city’s rivers and canals. Additionally, they have instructed the relevant units to create detailed maps outlining waterway tourism routes.
In the 2024-25 period, the city plans to construct additional wharves and introduce new waterway tourism products.
Last week, Ho Chi Minh City successfully hosted its inaugural river festival, attracting a large number of both domestic and international visitors.
The festival is anticipated to showcase the city’s tourism industry in the years ahead.
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