Phu Quoc eyes 1.8m tourists this year

Friday, Jan 06, 2017 14:00

Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island. — Photo Truong Giang

Phu Quoc Island hopes to attract more than 1.8 million visitors this year, an increase of 25.5 per cent over last year, according to local authorities.

It targets 42.7 per cent rise in the number of foreign arrivals to more than 300,000.

Revenues from tourism are expected to jump to more than VND11.15 trillion (US$493.4 million) this year, a 25 per cent increase.

To achieve the targets, Phu Quoc District would step up commercial and tourism promotions and diversify tourism products on the island, Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chairman of the district People’s Committee, said.

Local authorities would improve the management and conservation of historical and cultural relics and natural attractions and the environment, he said.

Traditional local festivals would be celebrated throughout the year to attract tourists, he said.

The district also plans to begin air services to Da Lat and several international destinations, he said.

Local and international tourism co-operation would be strengthened to development the island’s tourism, he said.

Oversight of prices, transport, accommodation and food services would also be strengthened to improve the quality of tourism and hospitality services, he added.

Around 220 tourism projects that will cost a cumulative VND222 trillion ($9.82 billion) are proposed.

Of these, 167 costing VND126.64 trillion have been licensed, with 30 worth a total of VND31 trillion already in operation.

Mai Van Huynh, People’s Committee deputy chairman of Kien Giang Province, of which the island is a part, said Phu Quoc has huge potential for tourism because of its landscapes and attractions.

Investment in tourism infrastructure, services and products, training of human resources and building a brand for the island destinations are some of the measures proposed to attract tourists and investors, he said.

Last year, the island welcomed more than 1.45 million tourists, a year-on-year increase of 63 per cent, who spent more than VND8.92 trillion.

The number of foreign visitors rose 38.5 per cent to 201,130. —VNS

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