The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has
submitted to the central Government a plan on developing tourism infrastructure
in the 2010-2015 period, highlighting localities that should be prioritized in
the coming years.
The ministry on its website calls for investment from both the State budget and
private sources to develop infrastructure in key localities where tourism is
faring well, the Central Highlands region as well as 21 national tourism parks.
Sizeable budgets should also be reserved for activities to develop tourism
products and for marketing activities to promote destinations.
On the list of localities are also neighboring provinces of key tourism centers
like HCMC, Hanoi, Hue and Danang.
The ministry has pointed out that big investments are needed to develop the
country’s important tourist routes.
The projects should include a section linking the North-South railway with the
trans-Asia railway, the international sea route through Quang Ninh, Danang,
Khanh Hoa and HCMC, the East-West tourism route via Lao Bao border gate, the
international route from China’s Yunnan to Lao Cai, Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Quang
In the list are also the waterway in the Greater Mekong Sub region that passes
along the Mekong river to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and China,
as well as the Ho Chi Minh trail, and the route of world heritage sites in the
To realize the plan, the ministry said that the tourism industry needs to map
out priority projects in each year to call for investors, with the State Budget
targeted as the major source of investment.
“The State Budget should cover around 80% to 100% of total investment for
infrastructure project in remote areas, and around 15% to 20% for projects in
other tourism centers,” according to the plan.
The ministry also mentioned some other investment forms like
Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), and “land in exchange for infrastructure” among
Vietnam has attracted 2.91 million international travelers in the January-July
period, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The country
is expected to welcome seven to eight million by 2015 and 11-12 million by 2020
as envisaged in the tourism development strategy for this decade.