City dwellers’ hospitality valuable asset for tourism development: Prof. Milne

“Unlike many cities where I have visited, everyone living in Quy Nhon always showed their friendliness with me, which is a valuable assest for the tourism development,” said Prof. Simon Milne, a lecturer of Auckland University of Technology.

Prof. Simon Milne (middle) is taking a photo together with other participants

Staying in the city for two weeks to participate in a training course for tourism, he talked about this many times with the great impression. 

“Beautiful beaches, city dwellers’ friendliness, museum and Quy Hoa science urban are the province’s resources for tourism,” he stressed. “They not only bridge between the past and present but draw a future for the city”.

According Prof. Milne, every item or destination has its own stories in which all visitors may be interested, but they are still untold stories. He, thus, recommended that the stories should be connected together, making tourists curious about them during their journey to Binh Dinh.

He took the museum as an example. It displays more than 1,000 items, but there are no connected stories from which visitors, particularly foreigners, are able to find enough information about the local culture and history.

“The museum is a forgotten asset that is really valuable to attract tourists during the off-peak season,” he said.

A "memorable sea" is an invaluable asset for tourism development

Prof. Milne also pointed out that Quy Nhon’s sea should be made a truly memorable one in the tourism marketing, as it is a second-to-none image in the Central region.

He also expressed the hope that the beautiful beaches and kids’ smile would exist forever and the province’s authorities should focus on developing tourism sustainably instead of finding ways to increase the number of tourists.


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