13:00 | 29/01/2021 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - The island of Phu Quoc in the southwestern province of Kien Giang is considered a top holiday destination for domestic and foreign visitors. According to Director of the Kien Giang Province Department of Tourism Tran Chi Dung, the island received about 2.9 million visitors in the first 10 months of 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The total for the year was expected to exceed three million.
In recent years, the island has become one of Asia’s most talked about destinations. Its deluxe resorts, including water villas, have attracted the rich and A-list celebrities across Asia.
Phu Quoc is blessed with stunning beaches and an attractive year-round climate, as well as primitive forests, pepper gardens, and many pagodas, temples and palaces including Ho Quoc Pagoda, Dinh Cau (Cau Palace), Dinh Ba (Ba Palace), Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, and the colonial Phu Quoc Prison. Kem Beach on Phu Quoc Island was rated among the 100 most beautiful beaches on the planet by 1,200 global travel experts on Canada’s Fly Network.
Phu Quoc has attracted strategic tourism investors. Ha Van Sieu, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said newly built resorts, connected to amusement, entertainment and marine ecology areas, have made Phu Quoc more attractive to visitors.
The next Bali?
Many more ambitious projects are in the works as Vietnam’s largest island strives to finally establish itself as one of the world’s leading destinations for luxury travel, competing with the likes of Phuket or Bali, perhaps even the Maldives.
A tourism promotion program was recently launched in Phu Quoc as part of a campaign to stimulate the domestic tourism sector. VNAT Deputy Director General Ha Van Sieu said Phu Quoc is the first place to be selected for the implementation of the program.
Director of the Kien Giang Department of Tourism Tran Chi Dung said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of visitors to Phu Quoc in November 2020 increased over 50 percent compared to October of the same year.
VNAT Deputy Director General Ha Van Sieu said domestic tourists are the top priority of Phu Quoc, and tourism development requires the participation of all partners in the tourism ecosystem including local authorities, tourism management agencies, tourism enterprises, travel companies and others.
Phu Quoc became a top tourist destination after it built an international airport in 2012 and the government rolled out a 30-day visa-free policy for foreigners in 2014.
Tran Chi Dung, Director of the Kien Giang Province Department of Tourism:
In the coming time, we will be in need of cooperation from businesses to improve products and services and restore
tourism growth in Phu Quoc Island.