Ba Ria-Vung Tau: Future leading tourism center

17:08 | 05/06/2015 Society

(VEN) - Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province aims to become one of the leading resort destinations in the country, in the near future.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau: Future  leading tourism center

According the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province People’s Committee, the provincial tourism sector is striving to become a spearhead, attracting more investment from economic components to develop the province into a center for tourism. The sector expects to monitor an annual tourism revenue growth rate of 12.9 percent and an annual tourist growth rate of 12 percent in the future.

In response to the province’s objective, many districts have focused on tourism infrastructure investment promotion. For example, Xuyen Moc District has invested more than VND15.2 billion in upgrading the Loc An Unnumbered Ship Monument and installing the Ho Tram-Binh Chau and Hong Phuc-Ngan Hiep medium-voltage transmission lines. As of the first quarter of the year, the district already had 13 tourism destinations including the Ho Tram Beach and the Vietsovpetro Ho Tram Resort. These destinations, however, have occupied just a third of the length of the district’s coastline and just over 50 percent accommodation occupancy rates.

Dat Do District has focused investment on technical tourism infrastructure projects including a 5.6km coastal by-road running from the Thuy Duong Resort and Hotel to the Long Phu T-junction.

Despite difficulties, Con Dao District has managed to upgrade Co Ong Airport, Ben Dam Port, Ben Dam-Co Ong route, and build several thermopower and wind farms dedicated to local tourism development.

In recent years, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has gradually improved its tourism infrastructure, with most of its tourism dedicated areas filled with tourism projects, according to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

In order to attract more investment projects in the coming time, especially tourism investment projects the province will implement a number of solutions including streamlining administrative procedures, facilitating investment implementation and supporting corporate branding and competitiveness sharpening.

Travel companies will receive incentives to develop their tours including sea tours, cultural and historical tours, meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) tours, adventure tours and homestay tours.

The Ba Ria-Vung Tau Tourism Association will also focus on improving local and international tourism links via a implementing several tourism development projects./.

In the first quarter of the year, Ba Ria-Vung Tau’s tourism sector recorded nearly VND989 billion in revenue, accounting for more than 26.5 percent of the annual plan, including VND543 billion from tourism accommodation and VND131 billion from tourism related services. The province welcomed more than 4.1 million tourists, a 20.88 percent increase over the same quarter last year, and is expected to welcome more than half a million international visitors and about 14.6 million domestic visitors this year, while recording nearly VND3.73 trillion in revenue.

By Bao Han