QUANG NAM (VNS)— Central Quang Nam Province has licensed four tourism projects with a total registered capital of VND2.27 trillion (US$108 million) over the past five months, an official from the provincial planning and investment department, Doan Ngoc Minh, confirmed yesterday.
He said the department had provided licences for 36 projects in the fields of garments, forestry processing, rubber plantation and ore exploitation with a total fund of VND3.8 trillion ($181 million).
"Tourism investment projects have shown the most rapid progress, accounting for 60 per cent of the province's total investment projects over the past five months this year," Minh said.
"Phu Ninh eco-tourism, Agribank Hoi An and Trung Phu Hai resorts have been the biggest tourism investment this year," he said.
Minh also said the province had attracted 93 FDI projects with a capital of $5.2 billion, of which the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone alone licensed 20 projects with a registered investment of $4.2 billion.
Last year, the province hosted 2.8 million tourists, of which 1.3 million were foreigners, drawing revenue of VND1.4 trillion (US$67 million).
The province, home to world heritage sites Hoi An, My Son sanctuary and Cham Island biosphere reserve, had already attracted 110 tourism projects between 1997-12.
Investors had built 80 international standard hotels and resorts with a total 5,000 rooms while the provincial tourism industry had created 15,000 jobs.
Vice chairman of the provincial people's committee Tran Minh Ca said the province was set to be the centre of the tourism industry among the central provinces by 2020. — VNS