Arousing the potentials of marine tourism and ecotourism in Bac Binh district (Binh Thuan)
With the aim to fully exploit the tourism potential, to make tourism to be a key economic sector of Bac Binh district, the district’s authorities is mobilizing all resources to invest in marine tourism and ecotourism.
Hoa Thang beach, which has a 15 km coastline extending from Hon Rom (Mui Ne) to Hoa Phu (Tuy Phong district), has favourable conditions to develop tourism with pristine features such as: white and smooth sand strips, mild waves, blue and clear sea water. The sea of Hoa Thang has not only a beautiful beach but also an abundant source of fresh seafood: shrimp, crab, squid, mussel, clam, many kinds of fish… to serve visitors.
In recent years, more and more tourists from other localities come to Hoa Thang. In 2011, the sea of Hoa Thang welcomed more than 60,000 turns of visitors, an increase of 15% in comparison with the tourist volume of 2010. During the first 6 months of 2012, nearly 40,000 turns of domestic and foreign visitors coming to Hoa Thang. This is a positive sign and important basis for Bac Binh district to develop marine tourism and ecotourism in Bau Trang.
To effectively exploit the potentials of tourism in general and marine tourism combined with ecotourism in particular, leaders of Bac Binh district People’s Committee are promoting the planning of tourism development, including marine tourism. At the same time, the district’s authorities have gradually implemented the constructions of coastal traffic system, given priority to investment in tourism-service development by exploiting all resources and having proper investment policies in order to turn Bau Trang-Hoa Thang ecotourism area into a tourism center of Bac Binh district. Leaders of Bac Binh People’s Committee announced that: Recently, the provincial authority has granted Bac Binh district a permission to set up planning of tourism and other essential services. Accordingly, People’s Committee of Bac Binh district is working with the Department of Culture-Sports and Tourism to boost promotion activities, design community based tours to connect Binh Thuan province with Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa provinces and Ho Chi Minh city.
Visitors who come to Bac Binh have a good chance to join in traditional activities bearing native characters, with the combination of the past, the present and the future, the heaven, the earth and the natural and faithful hearts of Bac Binh people whose. Bac Binh authority will focus on developing traditional trades associated with services for sand-related tourism activities such as: all terrain vehicles driving, horse riding, ostrich riding, sand sliding, seafood exploitation and processing, handicraft… in order to create attractive tourism products which bear the local characteristics; strengthen the connection between travel tours within Binh Thuan province (from Hon Rom, Mui Ne (Phan Thiet) to surrounding districts, contributing to enhance the value of trade-service sector and gradually build Bac Binh district so that it can become a center of marine tourism and ecotourism.
In the short term, Bac Binh district People’s Committee has directed the authorities of localities and functional agencies to strengthen rescue work, ensure public order and security, propagandize to enhance people’s awareness of environmental protection, intenfify environmental protection, not to damage the environment and social security, and publicly set the prices of food, beverage and services at tourist destinations.
(Source: Bao Binh Thuan)