Experienced tourism companies offer advice to tourism startups
By Nhan Tam
|A community group in Hoi An City showcases how to turn waste into fertilizer with the participation of businesses. Doing business based on an economy circular model is the key for startups in Quang Nam – PHOTO: NHAN TAM|
QUANG NAM – At a seminar held on March 23, experienced businesspeople shared their opinions with those who want to start a business in the tourism industry in the central province of Quang Nam.
Nguyen Son Thuy, director of Indochina Unique Tourist Co., compared serving tourists in recent years with the five senses of a human. For example, sight is like looking at beautiful and impressive hotels and tourist sites, or taste is like tasting delicious food.
However, in the current context when the tourism industry is going through a major change due to Covid-19, doing business in the industry must be done with a difference. That can be, according to Thuy – who is also the general secretary of the Quang Nam Tourism Association, via the humanity, service philosophy, social sharing, environmental protection, artistic creation or digitalization.
“Green and eco-tourism combined with digitalization will be a choice for tourism startups,” Thuy said. “The advantages of this kind of tourism are low investment rate, high selling price, high profit, big market, competitiveness and sustainable development.”
Meanwhile, Phan Xuan Anh, director of Viet Excursions, suggested starting a business based on the rivers of Quang Nam.
He said rivers in Quang Nam Province hold great potential for tourism. However, it needs courage and creativity from startups. Doing this well will create jobs for locals and pay for State budgets. Snorkeling and seasonal mowing tours on the Thu Bon river, night camping on the Vu Gia River, riverside marketplace, etc. are examples.
At the seminar, architect Pham Thanh Tung suggested that when the model of a farmstay is developed nationwide, Quang Nam Province can develop this in the direction of a community-based farmstay.
During his speech, “Innovative tourism startup on the basis of native values” as Chairman of the Quang Nam Tourism Association, Phan Xuan Thanh, a tourism businessman, said that tourists of Hoi An City and Quang Nam Province will change in terms of markets and ages in the coming time to adapt to the new context. According to Thanh, the trend of tourism in 2021 must be domestic travel in small groups, far from residential areas.
Therefore, adventure and nature tourism will emerge popular.
Community diversity, heritage values, rich nature and culture are advantages for Quang Nam to attract such kind of tourists, a suggestion for tourism startups in Quang Nam.
This seminar is part of the second Quang Nam Creative Start-up Festival – TechFest Quang Nam 2021 – officially kicked off on March 23 in Quang Nam Province.
With the theme, “Quang Nam – an open land for creative startups”, the festival is organized by the government of Quang Nam Province and will last for three days with a wide range of activities GD