Lam Dong Tourism: Cooperation for Development

2:54:29 PM | 17/10/2007

In recent years Lam Dong’s tourism sector has signed many cooperation deals with Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Dong Nai province and Binh Thuan province, opening many opportunities for the industry.
Long-day tours exploring special features of different regions in the country are becoming popular in Vietnam. In the north, cooperation among province tourism industries has created uninterrupted tourism strips, such as Phu Tho-Lao Cai-Yen Bai, Cao Bang-Bac Giang-Lang Son-Hanoi-Tuyen Quang-Thai Nguyen. In the south, tourism triangles have been gradually formed, such as Vung Tau-Ho Chi Minh City-Dong Nai and Binh Thuan-Ninh Thuan-Lam Dong. The inclusive tours have helped enterprises in different provinces introduce their special products and avoid repetition in tourism services. As a result, tourists can enjoy different services in the same journey.
Lam Dong, a Western Highland province with mountains, flowers and resorts, has taken advantage of this trend. Over the last five years, the Lam Dong tourism sector has signed many cooperation deals with tourism sectors of other provinces such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa and Dong Nai. Ho Chi Minh City, an active tourism centre, has teamed up with Lam Dong in training human resources for tourism. Neighbouring provinces including Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan, have combined their coastal tourism services with mountain tourism in Lam Dong. Lam Dong and Khanh Hoa tourism companies have joined hands to build significant tours, for example the “By the footprint of Yersin” tour.
In the signing ceremony for the development of Ho Chi Minh City-Binh Thuan-Lam Dong tourism triangle in late July 2007, tourism sector leaders and tourism agency representatives discussed cooperation potential as well as challenges posed by the coalition. 
The representative of Doi Su Tourism Company in Binh Thuan province said after signing, enterprises are required to jointly discuss and carry out activities useful for local tourism, creating prestige for tours under the cooperation.
Mr Dinh Tien, Director of Lam Dong Tourism Company (Dalattourist) said, after the signing, Dalattourist has actively promoted cooperation, regularly taking part in exchange activities with local enterprises in which each agency diversifies tourism services and activities to attract tourists as well as introducing clients for other agencies. Dalattourist has diversified its activities with such services as skating, sunset tours and others to generate significant profit in business.
Lam Dong is developing tours offering forest, sea and street tourism. In a recent conference Mr Pham Tu, Former Deputy General Head of Vietnam Tourism General Department, argued that alliances are indispensable in the tourism sector. The cooperation will help tourism enterprises complement each other and improve themselves.
Trung Dung