Ba Den Mountain to follow Yen Tu blueprint

The southern province of Tay Ninh will follow the investment model of Yen Tu Mount in Quang Ninh Province to develop Ba Den Mountain into a leading tourist attraction in the locality.

Representatives of the provincial authority and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) announced the plan in a press conference on Wednesday to promote investment into Tay Ninh and other southern provinces.

Tran Luu Quang, vice chairman of Tay Ninh Province, said that Tung Lam Developing Joint-Stock Co. as the developer of Yen Tu Mount tourist site, had visited the province to sound out investment opportunities.

Due to differences in natural historical conditions, investment items of Ba Den will not be the same as that of Yen Tu. However, both the developer and authorities expect that the project will partly boost the local tourism sector in the future, Quang noted.

“Years ago, Tay Ninh had welcomed investors from Quang Ninh to seek tourism investment opportunities. However, the cable car system at Ba Den has remained unchanged, Yen Tu has been equipped with a modern system, attracting numerous travelers,” added Quang.

At present, Tay Ninh attracts some three million international and local visitors per year, with 2.5 million visiting Ba Den and the remaining 500,000, mostly foreigners, going to see Cao Dai Holy See.

The province is listed in a group of provinces welcoming a large number of tourists in the southern area but its growth rate as well as the number of visitors staying overnight is still very modest.

“We need to change right now, because if we rely on the available conditions we will fail to increase the number of travelers, including overnight guests, since the whole province doesn’t even have a proper three-star hotel,” Quang admitted.

According to Quang, the province has approved a VND80 billion project to build a four-star hotel in the locality.

At the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in ${bigcity_Ho_Chi_Minh_City:”Ho Chi Minh City”}'s District 7, where the International Travel Expo (ITE HCMC 2011) took place, Tay Ninh introduced some projects to lure investors with some incentives on land taxes.