Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung on January 27 made the statement when he and the government mission inspected the socio-economic development situation on Phu Quoc island and the planning work relating to investment in construction and development projects in line with government decree No 178. At the working session, Kien Giang leaders reported on the province’s socio-economic development and investment activities on the island. According to their report, the province’s socio-economic situation remains stable. The province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 20.55 percent - the highest figure since 2000 and per capita annual income reached VND14.8 million. For the first time, tourism and services accounted for 47 percent of GDP. In 2007, the island began building two major transport projects with total investment capital of more than VND300 billion including An Thoi international port and 12.5 km of concrete road between Duong Dong and Cua Can. In … [Read more...] about Turning Phu Quoc island into a high quality eco-tourism site
Eco-tourism sites open in Quang Nam By Truong Chi in Quang Nam Quang Nam Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has opened two new tourist destinations - Tra Nhieu community ecotourism village in Duy Vinh Commune in Duy Xuyen District and Bay Mau Coconut Plantation in Cam Thanh Commune, in the ancient town of Hoi An. The 60-hectare Tra Nhieu community ecotourism site produces traditional crafts like Ban Thach sedge mat making and coconut leaf weaving. The village retains the timeless natural beauty of a Vietnam with 10 hectares of water coconut forest. During the tour of the village, visitors can learn cultural crafts, join traditional singing performances, and go fishing and sight-seeing on boats around the water coconut forest. Bay Mau Coconut Plantation is about 3 kilometers from the center of Hoi An Town. The site used to be a military base during the nation’s revolutionary struggles against France and the U.S. and is well-known for diverse flora and … [Read more...] about Eco-tourism sites open in Quang Nam
An effort to reduce illegal tin mining at a popular tourism site in Vietnam's central highlands by hiring soldiers to keep watch has backfired - the mining has become brazen and the troops allegedly get a cut. Tran Thi Nhua of the forest protection force in Lam Dong province's Da Lat town told Thanh Nien a few days ago that the mining activities increased ever since local authorities had hired troops from the town army force to keep watch in the Valley of Love, one of the most romantic and picturesque sites in Vietnam. Thanh Nien correspondents to show over 20 holes dug in the valley, perfunctorily covered from view by canvas and earth. Some of them contained pulleys, buckets, water pumps, and pipes; others were a mere 20 meters from the sentry boxes from where the soldiers ostensibly kept watch. A soldier, Hoang Tien Manh, said since the miners worked at night when the guards slept, they were not detected. Local authorities said after the soldiers had begun to work, mining … [Read more...] about Soldiers colluding with illegal miners at Vietnam tourism site?
th in Binh Duong Province, according to the Dai Nam Joint-Stock Company, the main investor in the project. The construction of the largest tourism site started nearly ten years ago on a 450 hectare plot of land about 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. The Paradise now includes the Dai Nam Van Hien Temple, an entertainment site, zoo, shopping area, hotels, and cuisine sites. According to Huynh Uy Dung, Dai Nam Joint-stock Company’s CEO, VND 1.8 trillion has been invested so far, and that it is estimated the final cost will be nearly VND 3 trillion. Entrance tickets will cost VND 30,000 for adults and VND 20,000 for children. Package tickets will costs VND 120,000 a person. The Dai Nam Joint-Stock company has set a goal of attracting two million tourists in 2008-2009 with turnover of VND 300 billion, and in 2010-2013, number of tourists will be up by 30% year on year while the turnover increases by 50%. Source: TBKTSG Online Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...] about The largest tourism site to be inaugurated
Many local tourist attractions have announced to hike prices of admission since Thua Thien-Hue Province recently decided to revise up ticket prices for entry into cultural relics sites, throwing tour operators into a difficult position. After Thua Thien-Hue Province began the admission fee increase at cultural sites in the World Heritage-listed city of Hue, other provinces frequented by tourists have also followed suit. Late last year Quang Ninh Province imposed higher prices on tours of the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay while Hanoi City recently raised admission fees at tourist sites and water puppetry shows. “Fees for entering Hanoi’s popular tourism sites are up by VND30,000 per person. The ticket price for water puppetry performances for international tourists are now 30% higher than before. Admission fee rises in other provinces have delivered a blow to us as tour arrangers,” said Cao Tri Dung, director of Vitours. Ben Thanh Tourist earns little profit in … [Read more...] about Travel firms fret over higher admission fees at tourism sites