Ha Van Thang who is Lao Cai Culture, Sports and Tourism Department’s Director said that the province of Lao Cai is set to create a number of tourism products with competitive and sustainable features to attract international tourists from the United States, Europe and the Southeast Asian countries.
The Lao Cai province’s tourist community centers
The Lao Cai province is known by tourists traveling from Hanoi to Sapa, where Sapa is part of this province. It is located in the Northwest region of Vietnam.
There are 12 tourist community centers in Lao Cai currently. For every household in the center, they can have incomes starting from any amount within VND 10 million to 20 million which is around $450 – $900 each year.
The villages which are involved in these tourism community centers have a richer population in comparison to other villages. These villages are able to eliminate poverty 3 to 4 times faster in comparison to other villages.
There are recently established tourism community centers at Cat in the Sapa district, Ta Van Chu in Bac Ha district and Cao Son in Muong Khuong district.
The challenges of the tourism projects
According to the provincial Department for Planning and Developing Tourism Resources’ head, Hoang Thi Vuong, there has been several obstacles while in the process of improving and developing tourist attractions in the province.
Vuong mentioned that there were difficulties in getting local communities convinced of these tourism projects. He added that not all households are open for change. Visits were organized by them in order to have these families successfully join the projects. They did this to have them exchange and understand the details needed to be done.
Promoting tourist attractions
This will improve connectivity between provinces according to Thang. He further adds that the province wants to promote 2 of the tourist attractions in Lao Cai. These are the Mountain Colours where tours include going to markets in mountains and beautiful places at Muong Khuong, Si Ma Cai, Bac Ha and Ha Giang.
Another group of tourist attractions are Sapa and Bat Xat districts in the western part of the province. Most customers involved in this route mountain trekkers or exploring tourists.