BINH DINH — Central Binh Dinh Province is planning to focus on promoting traditional cultural activities and its coastal area to make a major push for its tourism sector.
Nguyen Thanh Son, deputy director of the province's Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, said the province had a long coastline with beautiful sandy beaches that were suitable for activities like diving and other water sports.
The central province now has five big tourism projects under way along the Quy Nhon Sea – Cau River and Nhon Ly Peninsula – Cat Tien Town routes.
Three of them are wholly foreign-owned projects, including the US$125 million, five-star Hon Ngoc Viet Nam Resort, the $139 million Mui Tan artificial island, and the $250 million five-star Vinh Hoi Resort. All these products are in the construction phase.
Work on two other projects, the Linh Phong Pagoda spiritual-historical-ecological tourism complex, and the VND3 trillion ($144 million) Hai Giang Golf Course and Resort, is expected to begin this year.
Son said martial arts and cultural and architectural relics of the Cham civilisation were also among the province's tourism attractions.
Tourists can visit famous destinations like Cham towers and the Quang Trung Museum, martial arts villages like Thuan Truyen and An Vinh in Tay Son District, and An Thai in An Nhon District, as well as craft villages that make rice alcohol and ceramics items.
Signature cultural events like the Dong Da Victory Celebration, Viet Nam's Traditional Martial Arts International Festival, and Bai Choi Folk Music Festival will be "upgraded" to promote tourism, Son said.
"The province plans to boost co-operation with tourism agencies in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces, Ha Noi and HCM City, as well as provinces in southern Laos and southeastern Thailand to launch new tours and attract more local and regional tourists," he added.
In 2011, Binh Dinh welcomed more than 1.17 million tourists. —VNS