KIEN GIANG — Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang Province will be developed into an eco-tourism centre, according to the provincial sea economic development programme for the 2011-15 period recently approved by the provincial People's Committee.
Van Ha Phong, chairman of the Phu Quoc District People's Committee said about 150 tourism projects were being implemented on the island.
Phu Quoc needed 5,000 hectares of land to develop tourism projects, and so far 400ha of land had been allocated for the purpose, said Phong.
"The Phu Quoc International Airport will be commissioned by late 2012," said Phong, adding that construction of the airport runway had been completed.
It was also projected that by 2020, 150 kilometres of roads for public traffic on the island would be basically completed. However, said Phong, the road construction project still lacked funding, and depended mainly on the Government's budget.
The island welcomes about 280,000 tourists each year, and is set to welcome 2 million tourists by 2020, according to the Government's plans.
Phong said authorities also hoped to develop the island into an international trade centre, a plan that would be considered in more detail after 2020 and after the tourism projects were completed.
Phu Quoc, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is Viet Nam's largest island, with a total area of 574 square kilometres. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.
According to Kien Giang Province People's Committee, the province's sea economic development is currently on the right track.
In recent years, the province has enjoyed increases in seafood production. In 2011, its seafood output reached nearly 400,000 tonnes, an increase of 21 per cent against that of 2006.
The committee said the province's fishing ports and fishing logistics services were operating effectively. — VNS