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Quang Nam wants more tourism services around My Son Sanctuary
Thursday,  7/12/2018, 12:55 

Quang Nam wants more tourism services around My Son Sanctuary

By Nhan Tam

A corner of My Son Sanctuary in the south-central coastal province of Quang Nam – PHOTO: HUY DANG

DANANG – The south-central coastal province of Quang Nam is calling on companies at home and abroad to develop high-quality tourism services around My Son Sanctuary.

Ho Tan Cuong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said his agency and the management board of My Son Cultural Heritage are planning to call for investors to set up lodging, dining and entertainment services around the World Heritage site.

Cuong explained that the move aims to present more high-quality services so that tourists will spend more money.

“In addition to the preservation and protection of the site, we also want to have links with nearby regions. This will create (favorable) conditions for tourists to stay overnight at My Son and study our heritage site more thoroughly,” he remarked.

He admitted that the number of tourists to My Son has been modest, as there is a shortage in tourism services and the road infrastructure is inadequate.

Representatives of some tourism companies in neighboring Danang City told the Daily that their tours to Quang Nam include both My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An City.

While the Tra Hue Vegetable Village in Hoi An offers services that allow tourists to stay overnight and get hands-on experience of farming, similar services in My Son are quite basic.

Tran Luc, deputy director of the Danang branch of Saigontourist, said the company serves an increasingly large number of Western tourists to My Son. Many tourists have expressed interest in staying overnight around My Son so that they can study the sanctuary more thoroughly. However, they were unable to do so due to the lack of high-quality services.

Data from the local tourism watchdog shows that the number of tourists to My Son has not increased in recent years. The deputy head, Cuong, said the destination is expected to welcome 350,000 tourist arrivals this year, which is equal to that of 2017 and is still an optimistic figure.

He added that more than 204,000 visitors came to the sanctuary in the first half of this year, a year-on-year rise of 12%.

The My Son Sanctuary, a complex of over 70 Hindu tower temples built by the ancient kingdom of Champa between the 4th and 13th centuries, was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1999 by the UNESCO. While restoring and embellishing the site, experts have recently discovered 275 artifacts, including the unique artifacts of the Champa Sculpture.

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