With 15 major projects on offer, Binh Dinh province hopes to become a national tourism center and an attractive destination for both domestic and international visitors.
According to the Director of the Binh Dinh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr. Nguyen Van Dung, the south-central province has established a portfolio of 15 projects seeking investment in ecotourism.
Key projects include the Thi Nai Ecotourism Zone on an area of 800 ha and with capital of $400 million, the Mui Rong- Tan Phung Tourist Area on an area of 200 ha and with capital of $100 million, coastal tourist destinations on Hoai Hai Beach, and the De Gi Ecotourism Area, with an area of 2,000 ha in Phu Cat and capital of $50 million.
The province has a 134-km long coastline with many beautiful beaches and about 32 large islands, many of which are still wild and wonderful, such as Hon Dat, Hon Kho, Hon Tranh and Hon Rua. Binh Dinh is also home to cultural and historical values and national literature.
“Binh Dinh has advantages and potential in ecotourism,” said the General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan. “To create tourist attractions local authorities and businesses need to build special products and services for it to become a center of national tourism, with the key focus being on Quy Nhon Beach.”
Chairman of the Binh Dinh People’s Committee, Mr. Ho Quoc Dung, emphasized that the province faces challenges in the development of tourism as a key economic sector. As well as restructuring its marine ecotourism area, it will focus on training human resources, allocating investment to infrastructure, and investing in urban areas near Quy Hoa Beach.
In 2014 Binh Dinh’s tourism sector welcomed nearly 2.1 million visitors, up 23 per cent against 2013, and earned revenue of VND800 billion ($36.7 million). This year it aims to attract 2.5 million visitors, an increase of 20 per cent, with revenue expected at VND1 trillion ($46.5 million).