Update: 17:17 | 31/01/2020
(BGO) – Bac Giang province boasts for the magnificent natural landscapes, unique cultural identities, signature specialties, friendly and hospitable people which are the favourable conditions for community based tourism (CBT) development to help accelerate the local socio-economy.
Khe Ro ecotourism site in An Lac commune (Son Dong district) has cool climate and beautiful natural landscape such as Vung Tron lake, Dong Duong waterfall as well as the primitive forests with many rare animals. The locals here are almost the Tay, Nung, Cao Lao and San Chi people who well preserve the traditional customs.
Ven village in Xuan Luong commune (Yen The district) is an attractive experimental destination for tourists.
Visiting Na O village – the center of the tourism site, the tourists can live together with the villagers to exchange the culture, normal life and taste the special dishes such as steamed glutinous rice with 7 colours, ant eggs, fish in the spring, bamboo shoot among others.
According to the Director of An Lac Community Tourism Service Cooperative (Cooperative) Vu Ngoc Huan, the Cooperative established various groups of Then singing, Tinh musical instrument, bee raising, environmental clean and tour guide in order to bring amusing experiences to the visitors.
Now, 5 families have invested in the stilt houses for visitors’ accommodation. In 2019, Na O village welcomed some 19,000 tourist arrivals in the province and other localities.
Ven village is located at the Xuan Lung – Thac Nga tourism complex in Xuan Luong commune (Yen The district) with 150 households and over 90 percents of the population as Cao Lan people.
At the destination, the visitors can enjoy tea harvesting and drying experiences; visit the exhibition and showcase of signature products, cultural identities of the ethnic minority people, hill chicken farm; taste the special dishes of Cao Lan people...
Additionally, Luc Ngan district is a bright spot to develop the CBT with advantages of resort – ecological and orchard tourism. The locality has become a popular name among the visitors thanks to the natural landscapes such as Khuon Than lake, Cam Son lake, 27,000 hectares of fruits all the year rounds, many spiritual tourism site and linkage to other destinations in Son Dong and Luc Nam districts.
In early December 2019, Green Dream Education and Experience Company Limited (Green Dream) invested in the orchard experimental tour in Thanh Hai commune. Now, it has 5 buffalo carts (each carries about 16 persons) to take the visitors to the fruit orchards, harvest and buy the fruits from the farmers. Nearly 1,500 visitors experienced the tours after one month.
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According to Vice Chairman of Son Dong district People’s Committee Giap Van Tam, though the district owns huge potential to develop the CBT, there are many difficulties ahead such as limited investment for tourism (restaurant, accommodation, shopping, entertainment, experience... ) and low awareness about the community tourism from a part of the locals.
Now, some stilt houses in Ven village invested by Than Truong Cooperative are capable of serving the meals for 300 – 400 visitors at once and providing home stay for 80 persons. At first stage of operation, the site sometimes welcomes 2,000 – 3,000 visitors per day.
Under the Project “Developing the CBT in Bac Giang province in the period 2014 - 2020”, the total revenue from CBT is estimated at 10 billion VND (431.000 USD) per year. The province strives to welcome 20,000 tourist arrivals in 2020 including 2,000 foreigners.
In late 2019, the People’s Committee in Bac Giang province (PPC) approved the Plan to support the CBT in 2019 – 2020 at Na O village, Ven village and fruit orchards in Luc Ngan district which focused on building, managing, training and developing the CBT models; conducting survey, learning experiences from other provincies; introducing, promoting and connecting the tours with infrastructure facilitation.
Noticeably, the PPC recognized Ven village in Xuan Luong commune as provincial CBT site in October 2019 while Na O village CBT site will be recognized in second quarter in 2020.
The Vice Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Van Dung said the Department will continue hiring the consultant to learn and develop the experience from other localities to promote the CBT in Ven, Na O villages and several fruit areas in Luc Ngan district with potential of CBT development.
Also, the communication should be accelerated to enhance the local awareness about CBT development to help the natives clearly understand the benefit then invest in and take advantages from the model.
It is necessary for the local authority to well promote and link to the travel agencies and enterprises while creating the signature tourism products to draw the visitors and boost up the CBT growth.