HCMC – The Department of Planning and Investment of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa is coordinating with the relevant departments and agencies to work out a plan to develop the night-time economy in the province, said director of the department Tran Hoa Nam.
Nam said the plan was expected to be completed and submitted to the provincial government for approval next year, the local media reported.
The province will encourage the development of catering and retail services as well as cultural and sports activities featuring typical local characteristics to serve local residents and attract more tourists.
Nha Trang City will be the key area for night-time activities and will be allowed to provide services from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
The plan is aimed at taking advantage of new development opportunities, improving the income and living conditions of locals and increasing the interaction in the community and between locals and tourists.
During the process to work out the plan, the province has taken into consideration the reality and development orientations of the province to make it effective, Nam said.
According to deputy director of the provincial Department of Tourism Nguyen Thi Le Thanh, in the past few years, the local tourism sector posted positive growth with a high number of tourists. However, the number of guests plunged this year due to Covid-19.
In the January-November period of this year, Khanh Hoa welcomed more than 1.17 million visitors, including over 433,100 international tourists, equivalent to 17.8% of the figure seen during the same period last year, and earned more than VND6.7 trillion (US$289.9 million) in tourism revenue.
Thanh said once the night-time economy development plan is worked out and the pandemic is controlled, the local tourism sector may recover. Tourists will have more choices in terms of entertainment destinations while visiting the province.