(HBO) - In the past time, rural tourism in Hoa Binh province has developed rapidly with many unique models attracting tourists such as experiencing orange gardens, tea hills or exploring natural reserve centres, craft villages and local culture at community-based tourism sites.

 

Developing rural tourism has contributed to raising local residents's incomes. It is a fundamental solution and a driving force to promote new-style rural area building in a sustainable way.


Households engaged in community-based tourism in Lac village, Chieng Chau commune (Mai Chau District) pay attention to improving tourism skills.

The province has potential to develop rural tourism, considering the richness and diversity of local cultures and lifetyle of the Muong, Thai, Tay, Dao and Mong ethnic groups that are preserved in each village.Natural landscapes and unique ecosystems in nature reserve centres are also an advantage.

Hoa Binh has set up concentrated agricultural areas towards organic production and VietGAP standard such as fruit growing areas in Cao Phong, Tan Lac, Kim Boi, Lac Thuy; and safe vegetable production areas in Luong Son district.

With such potential and advantages, the province will focus on developing various types of rural tourism, mainly agricultural, community-based and ecological tourism.

In addition to the rapid development of community-based tourism, in recent years, some localities are paying attention to develop agri-tourism, with Cao Phong district a typical example. From 2016, the district began welcoming tourists to local orange gardens. The friendliness and hospitality of the gardeners along with the beauty of ripe orange orchards have attracted a large number of visitors.

Dinh Cong Su, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee emphasized that the tourism industry, with the typical imprint of each region and each ethnic group, have gradually met the needs of visitors who want to visit and gain new experiences. As a result, the landscape, environment, cultural and spiritual life of rural areas have changed significantly, becoming liveable rural areas.

Rural tourism has created jobs for local people, promoted the consumption of agricultural products, especially those under the One Commune One Product model, he said.

It has raised the capacity, knowledge and awareness of rural people while helping preserve traditional cultural identities.

In the coming time, in order to create a connection between tourism, agriculture and rural areas towards forming a highly competitive production value chain, and improving local living conditions, it is necessary for agencies and localities to coordinate to enhance their responsibilities in State management of community-based tourism.

Special attention should be paid to areas where ethnic minority people reside.

It is essential to implement a master plan on community-based tourism development and more investment should be poured in infrastructure.

There should be a close connection between community-based tourism and agricultural tourism

The development of community-based tourism should be associated with agri-tourism, craft village tourism and learning about OCOP products in each locality.

 


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