Northern highlands trail (dot com)
8 provinces to discover (in 1 package)
SNV Vietnam identified a range of opportunities to foster regional co-operation and to develop the Northern Highlands Trail as a unified and uniquely special tourism destination.
The Northern Highlands is one of the poorest areas of Viet Nam and includes the three poorest provinces in the country and another three provinces that are ranked 5th, 7th and 8th in terms of poverty levels and this responsible tourism project will contribute to poverty reduction. A large share of the population consists of ethnic minorities. The local authorities realize the opportunities tourism can bring to marginalized communities, particularly ethnic minorities and how the Northern Highlands Trail can contribute to employment goals. The aim of the project is to develop and warningfully promote the North West region as a sustainable tourism destination, providing an authentic travel experience based on its dramatic natural landscape, and cultural diversity and heritage that will provide economic benefits.
Fully support (from all relative authorities)
A conference to review a cooperative programme to develop tourism was held in Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province on last November 1. This was the second time the eight northwestern provinces agreed to unite to establish tourism trade names in the region. At the event, delegates drew experience from projects over the two years of the programme. They focused on implementing the Northwestern Path in coordination with the Netherlands Development Organisation in Vietnam (SNV), assessing cooperation with the business sector in developing tourism in the region, and preparing to connection Luang Prabang (Laos) with the four provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau and Lao Cai.
As far as Muong Hoa Sapa is concerned, we intend to build a dedicated Northern Highlands Trail website in the future to support the development of this unique project.
Bui Thi Kim Dung, Vice Chairwoman of Lao Cai provincial People’s Committee, suggested two, three or four provinces should coordinate to design common tourism products, and all eight northwestern provinces should create a regional framework to propose to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism so they can develop policies suitable for the tourism in the region. Delegates also agreed to organise the National Tourism Year in 2013 and put the northwestern tourism development cooperation programme into the national tourism promotion programme for the 2011-2015 period. In the future, the VNAT will assist in raising the quality of human resources, to facilitate the promotion of tourism trade names in the wide-open northwestern region.
Northern highlands trail (the objective)
“Develop and successfully promote the north-western region as a co-ordinated, sustainable tourism destination, providing an authentic travel experience based on its dramatic natural landscape, and cultural diversity and heritage, by including disadvantaged communities in responsible tourism operations at all levels to provide substantial additional income and new employment opportunities.”
The Northern Highlands Trail include provincial and district level tourism departments in each of the eight provinces. These bodies are in charge of tourism planning and policy, regulation and administration, and basic infrastructure development. In addition, they also play a fundamental role in terms of approving visits to new sites and areas.