|Bà Lụa Island in Phú Quốc’s Kiên Lương District. — Photo ivivu.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The southern province of Kiên Giang estimates it will have welcomed 7.6 million tourists – including 580,000 foreigners – by the end of this year, up 25.5 per cent and 57 per cent against last year, respectively.
The provincial Tourism Department said that besides Phú Quốc Island – one of the hottest holiday spots in Việt Nam in recent years – Kiên Giang’s other destinations such as Nam Du and Lại Sơn islands in Kiên Hải District, Bà Lụa Island in Kiên Lương District and Hải Tặc Island in Hà Tiên have become more popular to both domestic and foreign visitors.
The quality of services at tourist attractions has been improved, and tourism promotion activities have intensified. The locality is also speeding up construction of tourism development projects, especially on Phú Quốc. This year, an expanded terminal was inaugurated at Phú Quốc International Airport, helping raise the airport’s annual capacity from 2.6 million passengers to 4 million.
Next year, the southern province hopes to serve 8.3 million holiday-goers. To that end, it will intensify tourism promotion at home and abroad, while focusing resources on upgrading infrastructure, improving the quality of products and the capacity of hospitality workers. The province will also put forward preferential policies to attract more investors to local tourism. — VNS