Binh Thuan to be national tourism-sports hub
17:18 | 31/01/2020

VGP - The south central province of Binh Thuan this year aims to lure more than 7 million visitors, including 850,000 foreigners, in 2020, and expand its luxury and ecotourism offerings.

Binh Thuan to be national tourism-sports hub

It also targets VND18.3 trillion (US$790.7 million) in tourism revenue.

The provincial People’s Committee and head of the steering committee for the province’s tourism development, said: “To reach the goal, we are improving state management of tourism, ensuring social order and safety, service quality at tourism attractions, and training human resources.”

The province will also continue to promote its tourism attractions abroad.

 At the same time, the province will create favourable conditions for businesses to land investment in local typical tourism products.

A multitude of tourism promotion programmes will be organised this year, including the second “Binh Thuan – green convergence” event with various activities like street festival, food festival, firework display and hot air balloon performance, among others.

Attending a seminar has held by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Binh Thuan province chapter and the Binh Thuan Tourism Association, Tran Du Lich – member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group – laid stress on the local potential for tourism development.
 
He suggested the province work to lure investments in global standardised resorts, enhancing tourism promotion, and strengthening regional tourism connection.

Binh Thuan has a coastline of 192km, with various beautiful landscapes such as Mui Yen, Cau isle, Ke Ga lighthouse, Ganh Son, Gieng Tien, and the Hon Cau Marine Protected Area where hundreds of rare species live.
 
In addition, Binh Thuan boasts Phu Quy island which is known as “the pearl in the middle of the sea” and located about 56 nautical miles off the coast of the province. Meanwhile, Mui Ne beach, with its warm and windy climate, has served as a venue for well-known surfers from the UK, France, Russia, Germany, and Australia.
 
Thanks to efforts to improve the management work and diversify tourism products, the number of tourists heading to the locality has risen year after year. Sea sports, like windsurfing and kite-surfing, and adventure tours have helped lengthen tourists’ stay.

The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that in 2019, the province hosted more than 6.4 million tourists, comprising 775,000 foreigners, up 11.39% from the previous year.

Revenue from tourism reached over VND15.1 trillion, a year-on-year rise of 17.5%.

Last year, the province attracted additional six tourism projects, raising total valid projects in the sector to 383 with total registered capital of more than VND59 trillion. There were 24 foreign-invested projects valued at over US$ 561 million.

Roughly 675,000 foreigners chose Binh Thuan for their holidays, with China and the Republic of Korea the top tourist sources, accounting for 28% and 13% of total international arrivals to the locality, respectively.

Meanwhile, stable growth was seen in tourist arrivals from traditional markets like Russia, the UK, and France.

In 2020, Binh Thuan is also striving to become a national sea tourism-sports hub in the country. The locality has also set the annual target of welcoming some 7 million arrivals by the end of the decade, including around 850,000 foreign visitors. /.

By Vien Nhu

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