District 1's authority proposes to expand walking streets to attract visitors

Secretary of HCMC’s District 1 Party Committee Huynh Thanh Hai yesterday proposed the city People’s Committee to permit expansion of Nguyen Hue and Bui Vien walking streets to attract more visitors.

Nguyen Hue walking street in downtown HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Hue walking street in downtown HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

He was speaking at a meeting with chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, who was inspecting the district's implementation of Directive 07 by the standing board of HCMC Party Committee about tourist development missions by 2020, yesterday afternoon.
According to Mr. Hai, amusement demand in walking streets is very large. Therefore, the district Party Committee proposed the city People’s Committee to permit connecting Nguyen Hue walking with Bach Dang Park to develop an amusement, cuisine and shopping area to serve visitors and residents at weekend nights.
In addition, he suggested expanding Bui Vien walking street to Do Quang Dau and De Tham streets, Pham Ngu Lao ward and link the area up to September 23 Park to form an attractive tourist destination.
He suggested the city People’s Committee to renew and upgrade operations of Ben Thanh market including Ben Thanh night market because that is not only a shopping place but also a relic site attracting lot of visitors.
District 1 is the center of HCMC, where international conferences, important political and social events, cultural and national festivals regularly occur. The district lures millions of domestic and foreign visitors during holidays, New Year festivals and anniversaries annually.
Besides Ben Thanh market and Nguyen Hue walking street, it is home to many places attracting visitors such as Notre-Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace.
Concluding the meeting, chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam appreciated highly achievements in tourist activities which District 1 has obtained for the last past. That has significantly contributed to budget revenue of the district and the city.
She noted that the district should analyze its comparative advantages to utmost promote them and take the initiative in working with agencies and other localities to further develop local tourist products.
In the morning on the same day, Ms. Tam worked with District 7 about implementation of Directive 07.
The district Party Committee reported that District 7 has promoted its strength to develop waterway tourism in Phu Thuan and Huong Tram wards and exploit waterway transport routes or river bus routes.
Still Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Dieu admitted that resources from businesses for tourist development are weak and the qualification of tourist management cadres is limited. In addition, the district has faced other issues such as street littering, street disorder, flooding and traffic jam affecting tourist attraction.
Ms. Tam required the district to not only determine its major tourist products but also connect with other services and establishments in the district to better serve visitors.

By KIEU PHONG, MANH HOA – Translated by Hai Mien

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