* APRIL AND MAY 2018: THANH PHU CULTURE - TOURISM - SEAFOOD WEEK - 2018 FROM 25TH APRIL TO 01ST MAY, 2018 * WELCOME TO BENTRE TOURISM * ECO-TOURISM "COCONUT LAND" DESTINATION: SAFETY - FRIENDSHIP - QUALITY *

24/04/2018

Special handcraft products of Coconut

Coconut trees can grow everywhere in our country. However, there has long been a saying “Seeing coconut is missing Ben Tre”. Maybe coconut trees have long existed on the land of three isles and had a close attachment to the people here.
Coming to Ben Tre, visitors asre attracted by not only the delicious taste of cononut milk but also skillful handmade products of coconut. Few plants have as many practical values as coconut trees. Its seeds, leaves, trunk, leaf stem, fiber … are used to make goods for consumption and exportation.

More than 500 articles can be made from coconut such as teapots, teacups, wineglasses, bowls, chopsticks, plates, spoons, forks, ladles, flowerpots, card boxes, jewelry boxes, ashtrays, candle stands, models of cyclo, motorcycle, football cups, massage tools, dolls, wine gourds, animal-shaped souvenirs, lanterns, bags, mattresses … Each article is of various sizes and designs that can satisfy visitors’ needs. These products can be used as ornamental objects, personal accessories or housewares.
Besides family makers, private businesses, export companies scattering throughout Ben Tre, there are two main craft villages focusing on coconut handmade products in Phung (Phoenix) Islet and Oc (Snail) Islet.



From coconut sub-materials, with their creative minds and skillful hands, Ben tre craftsmen bring to life various distinctive works of art which partly promote Ben Tre image to national and international friends.

26/09/2017

Official Messages on World Tourism Day

Message by Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
“Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development”

Tourism is today the 3rd largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels. It brings hope, prosperity and understanding to so many lives and livelihoods all over the world. 

Last year alone, 1.235 million travellers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion.
 
The question, as we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, is how we can enable this powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its 5 pillars:

1. Economic: yielding inclusive growth;
2. Social: bringing decent jobs and empowering communities;
3. Environmental: preserving and enriching the environment and addressing climate change;
4. Cultural: celebrating and preserving diversity, identity, and tangible and intangible culture, and
5. Peace: as an essential prerequisite for development and progress.

The UN General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is a unique opportunity for all of us to come together to promote the contribution of travel and tourism as a grand 21st century human activity, to build a better future for people, planet, peace and prosperity.

This World Tourism Day, whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: 
RESPECT NATURE,
RESPECT CULTURE,
RESPECT YOUR HOST.

You can be the change you want to see in the world.  
You can be an ambassador for a better future.

TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.

Happy World Tourism Day!
Source: http://wtd.unwto.org