So that Kon K’Tu people can have a stable income from tourism

According to the monthly tour schedules sent by travel agencies in the province to the village, they announce the arrival date and time of recent tourist groups. I see that on average a day there is at least one group of tourists visiting the village. The source of tourists is very diverse, it seems like all continents in the world have tourists coming to Kon K’Tu village.

5.31.20A group of Japanese tourists visited and learned about the culture of Kon K’ Tu village.

It was lucky for me because today there were two groups of tourists coming to visit the village. A Delegation is students from different countries, they choose the picnic tour and canoe tour service. The other group are Japanese tourists, they came to visit and take pictures of people’s daily lives. As soon as they arrived in the village, tourists were really excited to witness the traditional scene of the Ba Na people located on the banks of the romantic Dak Bla River with the village’s charming and no less proud Communal House. .

When asked why he chose Kon K’Tu as a destination in his travel itinerary. They all replied that they had learned about the village through guidebooks in many different languages ​​around the world, so they decided to book a tour and come. In general, their feeling when coming here is really good, the culture and people leave a lot of impression on them.

But like many previous tourist groups that have come here, the tourists’ need to buy a product as a souvenir for their trip was not met because there was no one in the village to do this. Therefore, during the time tourists visit the village, families in Kon K’Tu hardly have any typical products to introduce and sell to visitors to increase their income. Of the nearly 400 people in the village, there are actually only about 50 people participating in activities to serve tourists, such as: carrying water, rowing boats, playing gongs, and sinus dancing, compared to agricultural production. industry, it is clear that participating in serving tourists is more leisurely and brings higher income. This is confirmed by young people in the village such as A Bill, A Giih, A Thiet… “If there are customers who regularly ask to row canoes or lead tours in the forest, they will earn a good income and will also be less tired than doing other jobs.”

5.31.21Transporting passengers by dugout canoe of Kon K’ Tu people.

Not really living from tourist service activities, Kon K’Tu people do not have a good sense of preserving, preserving and promoting unique cultural identities to attract more tourists. schedule to visit. A typical example is the construction of people’s houses. The stilt houses are becoming increasingly rare. Instead, there are houses built in all different shapes and sizes, breaking the architecture of a traditional village, causing chaos in the landscape of a tourist village. Ms. Michelle, a French tourist representing the student delegation commented:“When we came here, we not only visited the village but also wanted to have a cultural exchange. We thought we would be able to stay with the villagers and eat local specialties, but the service of living and working with the villagers was not available… And I’m sure the friends in our group did too. Agree with the last thing: how to preserve the environment and traditional landscape of the village.”

Sharing the same opinion as above, Mr. Nguyen Do Huynh, a long-time tour guide in Kon Tum, added his opinion: “If we want tourism to bring benefits to people, make their lives more economically developed and if we can say that they can live by tourism, then the first thing people must do is Doing that is protecting the forest. Second is to protect architecture and environment, clean landscape. The third thing is to protect traditional things such as: they must be good at playing gongs, know how to knit, know how to weave fabrics and recreate old traditional things and sell that to tourists to bring money and resources. benefit them”.

Thus, the direction for the people of Kon K’Tu village to have a stable income from tourism activities is clear. However, along with the sense of self-improvement of each villager, to do this, the role of the local government and relevant departments and branches in Kon Tum province, such as: Department of Culture – Sports and Tourism; Center for Investment Promotion, Trade – Tourism… is very important. Specifically, propaganda so that people have a fuller awareness of tourism business activities and the benefits it brings to the lives of people in the village. In addition, through programs and projects, villagers can also access State loans to invest in restoring and developing a number of traditional occupations and participating in other activities. Promoting services to serve tourists to increase income./.

Articles, photos: Tuong Lam

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