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Long An to get $2 billion leisure, hotel complex

Update: September, 07/2010 - 10:28

HA NOI — Happyland Viet Nam, a US$2 billion complex with entertainment and hotels, will become a tourism spotlight in Long An Province and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region in the near future, said the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism director Pham Van Tran.

Financed by Khang Thong Group, its affiliate Phu An Construction and Infrastructure Development Co, the complex will cover a total area of 338ha in Ben Luc District.

Work on the complex, the largest of its kind to date in Viet Nam, is scheduled to begin early next year and set for completion in April, 2014.

Once finished, the complex is expected to attract 14 million visitors each year.

It would make an effective contribution to the development of the provincial and regional tourism sector, said head of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry's International Relations Division Tran Thien Cuong during yesterday's press conference in the capital.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved a plan to develop tourism as a key economic sector in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.

The ministry's main goals are to diversify tourism products and fully exploit the country's tourism potential.

The plan, which extends to 2020, calls for linkage between provinces and cities in the region and additional investment in international standard tourism projects.

The Delta region hopes to welcome 2.7 million foreign visitors and 5.3 million domestic tourists by 2015, according to the plan.

By 2020, the region expects to boost those numbers to 3.9 million foreign tourists and 6.5 million local visitors. By 2015, there would be 37,150 hotel rooms and a total of 50,000 by 2020.

In recent years, the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta has attained significant achievements in tourism, according the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

For example, in 2009 the number of foreign visitors to the region reached 1.2 million, three times higher than in 2000, while local tourists were 8 million compared to 3.4 million in 2000. Revenue reached VND2 trillion ($105 million) for the tourism industry. — VNS

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