Lao Vice President Bounnhang Volachith hosted a reception in Vientiane on May 23 for Nong Quoc Tuan, deputy head of the Vietnamese Government’s Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), who is on a working visit to Laos from May 21-29.
|Children visit Dam Sen Park in HCM City. Theme parks and similar entertainment centres haven't developed to potential in Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh|
A population of nearly 90 million together with long coast lines, diversified culture and beauty were major advantages, he said.
Well-known entertainment complexes having been built in the country include Dam Sen and Suoi Tien in HCM City, Thuy Cung in Nha Trang, Dai Nam in Binh Duong and Thien Duong Bao Son in Ha Noi.
Property experts said these complexes had initially succeeded in combining landscapes, traditional values and some modern entertainment technologies to meet visitors' demand.
But they said the parks still proved unattractive as they were trying to provide multiple services without targeting specific visitors.
"The majority of entertainment complexes in Viet Nam fail to show their own character; they lack authentic local products and many service models are copied from other places," Luong said.
Experts said that although tourism projects had been strongly developed over the last few years, few projects provided entertainment services.
According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, during 1998-2008, the country lured 431 foreign direct investment projects involved in tourism with a total capital of US$18.6 billion, but most of them concentrated on hotel and resort development.
The fact was attributed to a lack of specific policies for entertainment property development, and the Government had assigned the ministry to study such policies.
Luong said current entertainment parks were located mainly in northern and southern areas of the country, while the central region with great potential — especially nice beaches — was being ignored.
In order to promote this region's potential, more skilled human resources and adequate infrastructure were needed, he said, noting that only Da Nang and Cam Ranh international airports weren't enough to meet demand here.
Luong said the Administration of Tourism had worked out a plan for over 40 potential tourism complexes nation-wide, which would receive preferential policies for attracting investment and developing infrastructure.
US-based Goddard Group chairman Gary Goddard told local press that Viet Nam could build entertainment parks for specific subjects such as history, education, science, ecology, ocean or agriculture. He said his company intended to visit several localities in Viet Nam to survey the potential.