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Island focuses on eco-friendly tourism

Update: June, 10/2013 - 10:37

KIEN GIANG (VNS)— A number of resorts on Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang have invested billions of dong in wastewater treatment to improve sustainable tourism development.

Eden Resort, located in Cua Lap Village, haspoured over VND3 billion (about US$142,000) into building a treatment system.

Over 100cu.m of wastewater discharged from the resort's restaurants and hotels each day are treated in the system before being reused or released into the environment.

Nguyen Vo Quynh Dao, Eden Resort Deputy Director, described environmental protection awareness as an important factor in the sustainable development of tourism.

The company's wastewater, which is treated using South Korean technology, can be reused in fish farms, she noted.

La Veranda Resort, a joint venture with France inDuong Dong Town, practices the motto "eco-friendly tourism business".

To improve service quality, the hotel has built awastewater treatment system worth over VND2 billion ($95,000).

Apart from using eco-friendly environmental products, La Veranda has also set up a rubbish collection system, said Nguyen Thi Quoc Anh, a La Veranda manager.

However, the standardised wastewater treatment system has yet to be popularised among tourist businesses operating in Phu Quoc.-VNS

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