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Kiên Giang tourism sees numbers improve in first quarter

Tourists explores the beauty of Hon Thom Island on Kien Giang Province’s Phu Quoc Island, which is connected to An Thoi Town by the world’s longest sea cable-car route. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
Viet Nam News

KIEN GIANG — Kien Giang Province welcomed more than 1.5 million tourists in the first quarter of the year, a 3.7 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Of the figure, there were 173,000 international tourists, a rise of 5.9 per cent year-on-year.

Tourism is expected to become the province’s key sector, according to Mai Van Huynh, deputy chairman of the province’s People’s Committee.

Authorities are pouring more money into investment, infrastructure and human resource training for the tourism sector.

Phu Quoc Island, which is part of the province, is expected to become an international hub for eco-tourism, resort tourism and entertainment in the country, region and the world.

Thanks to favourable conditions for investors, the province has the largest number of tourism projects in the Mekong Delta.

Phu Quoc is the top place in attracting investment, Huynh said.

Rach Gia City, Ha Tien Town, Kien Luong District, and U Minh Thuong District and surrounding areas also have tourism potential.

The province has called for investment in entertainment centres, shopping malls, transport services and sea-going trips for this area.

Nam Du Archipelago, Lai Son Island in Kien Hai District, and Hai Tac Archipelago in Ha Tien Town have been recognised as three tourist zones in the province.

This recognition will help build the area’s brand, attract more investment and open new ecotourism sites.

Vo Van Sau, deputy director of the province’s Department of Tourism, said the province was calling for investment in 14 projects in the tourism sector with a total cost of VND4.2 trillion (US$183 million). — VNS

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