Mekong Delta needs high-quality tourism workforce

Published:  09:05 Tuesday - May 07, 2013

Mekong Delta needs high-quality tourism workforce

The tourism sector of the Mekong Delta may need 208,000 workers by 2020, including 75,000 direct ones, according to the Institute for Tourism Development Research’s latest forecast.

Last year, the region welcomed nearly 20 million visitors, including 1.6 foreign arrivals, netting over 4.3 trillion VND, or just six percent of the country’s total tourism revenue.

Many industry insiders attributed the modest figures to the limited number of tourism products and the quality of workforce.

The current 4,000 workers in the tourism sector are not nearly enough to serve the flow of visitors, said participants to a recent seminar in Can Tho City on tourism in the Mekong Delta region.

Ha Van Sieu, Director of the Institute for Tourism Development Research, said the region’s tour guides are not equipped with necessary knowledge and skills, especially foreign language and computer ones.

In addition, cooperation among tourism training establishments is not efficient and not many students choose to work in the tourism sector after graduating from these establishments, he added.

The region comprises of 12 provinces: An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long, and one city – Can Tho, with a total area of 40,000 square kilometers and a population of 18 million.

The delta has rich tourism potential; it is home to a typical plains ecological landscape with a mysterious and charming system of waterways, while boasting many islands and beaches. The region is also endowed with fertile land and tropicalweather, which allow trees to bear fruits in all four seasons. Local people are kind and hospitable, who enjoy a simple but generous lifestyle.

To boost tourism development, the Mekong Delta is also advised to exploit all localities’ strengths to build diverse tourism products such as beach resorts, festivals, ecotourism and cultural tourism.


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