Vietnamese, Malaysian localities boost tourism cooperation

VOV.VN - Thu Dau Mot University (TDMU) in Binh Duong and the University of Science, Malaysia (USM) in Penang co-hosted a workshop in the southern province of Binh Duong on May 11 to discuss ways to connect cultures between cities, provinces and communities in both nations.

In his remarks, TDMU rector Nguyen Van Hiep introduced an overview of Binh Duong in the southern key economic area and Binh Duong is seen as a fastest-growing locality in Southeastern region. 

Binh Duong is among the country’s key FDI attraction. However, the tourism development is still below the local potential, Hiep said, adding that Binh Duong welcomed more than 200,000 foreign visitors last year.
The participants highlighted tourism potential in Binh Duong and Penang, where the two universities are located. Penang was honoured as a World Heritage City by UNESCO, which is home to a raft of cultural, architectural heritage, craft villages, and recreation centres.

At the workshop, they were updated on foreign tourist arrivals from Muslim-majority countries. In 2017, Vietnam received more than 400,000 tourists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East who mostly stayed in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces.

Only a few of them travelled to Binh Duong which is just 30 km away from Ho Chi Minh City.

Prof. Badaruddin Mohamed, Principal Researcher of Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster, School of Housing, Building and Planning, the USM attributed international tourism to the way of deepening mutual understanding in culture and tourism between the two countries

On the occasion, a cooperation programme was signed between the Tourism Development Study Institute at the TDMU and the Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster at the USM.