Sapa will become a resort site by international standards, aiming to welcome 3 to 4 million visitors until 2030 with an average growth rate of 7.2 percent per year.
The target is part of the urban planning project for Sapa tourism which has been announced by the Lao Cai provincial People’s Committee.
Accordingly, Sapa will not only be a national tourism and resort centre, but also an economic and cultural centre in the future. It also serves as a bridge for cultural exchange among ethnic minority groups in the northern mountainous and Vietnam-China border area.
Tran Huu Son, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Sapa’s tourism development target will be on community-based tourism. Therefore, it is important to help local residents do tourism services by providing training courses on English language and culinary arts.
The Sapa tourism complex and surrounding areas will include an urban centre with an estimated population of 13,000 people, a new urban area, a luxury resort, and Ham Rong mountain tourism site.
This is the result of a cooperation between the Lao Cai provincial People’s Committee and experts from France’s Aquitaine region to turn Sapa into a famous resort site by international standards.