Son Tra, a future high-class distinctive destination

17:11 | 29/06/2015 Society

(VEN) - At the Towards a New Era in Tourism Master Development Planning symposium held recently in Hanoi, EU project expert Prof. Dr. Martin Fontanari claimed that the central region city of Da Nang’s Son Tra Peninsula was regarded as one of Vietnam’s good examples of master planning for tourism development.

Son Tra, a future high-class distinctive destination

Son Tra Peninsula is endowed with forest, sea and beautiful sandy beaches including Nam, Rang, But, Tien Sa, Con and Bac which have become well known for visitors. These sloppy and clear watered beaches are suitable for tourism services including fishing and ping. An array of reefs around Son Tra is an ideal asylum for a variety of fish and also an attractive destination for tourists who want to have fishing tours with local fishermen.

There are four mountains on Son Tra Peninsula including Nghe in the east, Mo Dieu in the west, Co Ngua in the north and Ngu Hai near the shore, on the tops of which tourists can breath fresh marine air while taking a bird’s eyes view of the whole city, beautiful beaches, Marble mountains (Ngu Hanh Son), Ba Na-Nui Chua nature reserve and Cham island.

Visitors may be interested in the millennium-old banyan or pilgrimage to Linh Ung Pagoda, which is regarded as the city’s largest pagoda in terms of scale and architecture and is a successful combination of both classical and modern architectural models.

Based on local advantages in climate, nature and historical and architectural values, Son Tra Peninsula is able to become a high-class distinctive destination for tourists. Currently, it has attracted attention from many firms including a US-based company that has prepared a preliminary tourism development plan for it, said Prof. Dr. Martin Fontanari.

According to tourism experts, tourism development plans for Son Tra Peninsula indicate its advantages in terms of marine climate, nature, history, religion, bays, ports, transport infrastructure and waste management. Last year’s tourism survey showed that international tourists were interested in Son Tra Peninsula, especially those who came from the UK and Australia.

Son Tra Peninsula aims to become an international attractive destination with multi-purpose integrated smart projects. So, its tourism development strategy should focus on making it different from other destinations in the country based on the development of specific tourism products and smart projects in accordance with three principles for sustainable tourism development including making the most efficient use of local natural resources while limiting construction, organizing tours to several selected spots on the island so that they may take a panoramic view of it and have some unique experience, and positioning the island as a high-class distinctive destination.

Many tourism experts also suggested that the Son Tra development strategy should include the construction of an environmentally-friendly tourism infrastructure so that tourists can have more options of transport vehicles while taking a tour of the island.

To date, Son Tra Peninsula has not completed forecasting the number of tourists for the year; however, more and more tourists have been interested in the island and a careful preparation for future increases in tourist numbers should be made, said Prof. Dr. Martin Fontanari.

About 10km northeast of Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula is regarded as the city’s gem and a green lung.

Thanh Tam