The Mekong Delta has attracted more than 10 million visitors since the beginning of the year, up 720,000 compared to last year’s period and earning a record high of VND1,700 billion, said the Mekong Delta Tourism Association.

Can Tho City drew the most tourists in the region, followed by An Giang, Kien Giang, and Ca Mau.

The rise in tourist numbers is attributed to Mekong provinces and cities’ coordinating for training the human resources, establishing tourism promotion centres, launching a website providing tourist information and diversifying and improving the quality of tourism products.

In addition, the region has invested hundreds of billions of VND to upgrade infrastructure for the industry and encouraged diverse economic sectors to invest in tourism.

The tourism sectors in Can Tho City and An Giang, Kien Giang, and Ca Mau provinces are also cooperating to develop tourism in the Mekong Delta key economic zones for the 2011-2015 period with a vision to 2020.

As the country’s leader in promoting orchard tourism, Can Tho has made great efforts to diversify its tourism products. The infrastructure of 20 ecological tourism areas has been upgraded and 154 new hotels have been built by different economic sectors to meet the demands of the growing numbers of visitors.