According to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the local tourism sector pocketed VND515 billion (US$22.66 million) in the reviewed time, a year-on-year rise of 28%.
Tran Viet Phuong, Director of the department, attributed the increase to the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which led to higher demands for tourism and entertainment.
Apart from festive activities, Can Tho launched new tourism services, including an electric car service from Ninh Kieu Wharf to famous destinations like Truc Lam Phuong Nam Zen Monastery, My Khanh Tourism Village, Binh Thuy Communal House and Binh Thuy Ancient House.
The city’s tourism sector and localities have ensured safety, hospitality, security, and food safety and hygiene at the tourist sites.
Besides, the city has partnered with big travel companies and localities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang to promote its tourism.
Can Tho enjoyed strong growth in tourism in 2017 due to a series of international political and cultural events and traditional festivals.
The number of tourist arrivals surged 40% to 7.5 million, while tourism revenues rose 61% to VND2.9 trillion (US$127.6 million).