EU-funded project helps promote responsible tourism in Mekong Delta
Update: Sep 23, 2016
The Mekong Delta localities of An Giang, Can Tho and Kien Giang were given 21 sets of technical documents by representatives from the EU-funded project “Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Progamme” (EU-ESRT) at a conference in Can Tho city on September 22.

Overview of the conference

The localities have been supported by the EU-ESRT project since October 2014 to develop responsible tourism, focusing on managing destinations in the Mekong Delta region, developing tourism products, training human resources for tourism and building marketing plans.

The localities have worked to promote their tourism products through fairs, and built a map of tourism sites and a code of conduct for responsible tourism in the region.

Since 2013, the EU-ESRT project has assisted Viet Nam in promoting the delivery of environmentally and socially responsible tourism, building an effective tourism cooperation network between the State and the private sector, improving the quality and competitiveness of the tourism workforce and raising public awareness of responsible tourism.

The project helps reduce negative impacts from tourism development on the environment and society as well as generating jobs and improving incomes, said Do Minh Tuan, a representative from the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism.

Antonio Recca, a representative from the EU Delegation to Viet Nam said the project has fostered regional tourism connections, contributing to developing tourism in the Mekong Delta.

Apart from the Mekong Delta region, the EU-ESRT project has also supported a number of key tourism areas, including those in northwest, coastal central and northern central regions.

Implemented at a total investment of 11 million EUR, the EU-ESRT has been the largest tourism technical support programme in Viet Nam so far. It aims to mainstream responsible tourism principles in Viet Nam’s tourism sector to enhance competitiveness, and help achieve Viet Nam’s socio-economic development goals.