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South-central province in possession of precious natural resources ideal for medical treatments, tourism seminar hears.
South-central Phu Yen province should pay attention to medical tourism, offering treatment methods to cure illnesses via absorbing biological energy and universal energy, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Hung, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), suggested at the International Seminar on Tourism Development held in the province on August 12.
Ms. Sinlvana Grante Harova, Director of the Human Universal Energy and Spirituality Academy (HUESA), recognizes that precious natural resources are present in the province and believes that visitors can receive clean energy from nature and the universe to improve their health. Other representatives from HUESA also recognize the potential in Phu Yen to develop resorts and medical and adventure tourism.
In the 2011-2015 period tourists to Phu Yen increased about 20 per cent each year. International tourist numbers rose about 10 per cent and tourism revenue by 30 per cent in the period. Total tourist arrivals to the province stood at about 900,000 last year, up 19.2 per cent year-on-year, with international arrivals at about 45,000. Revenue was VND850 billion ($38.11 million), up 33.3 per cent.
However, compared to central Quang Binh and south-central Binh Dinh province, which have been attempting to develop their tourism sectors in recent years, tourism in Phu Yen remains quite modest. In 2015 tourist arrivals to Binh Dinh stood at 2.602 million, up 25 per cent year-on-year, with international arrivals at 205,905, or 20 per cent higher. Total tourism revenue was VND1.037 trillion ($46.49 million), up 31 per cent up compared to 2014.
Total tourist arrivals to Quang Binh province in 2015 were 2.86 million, a 3.9 per cent increase year-on-year. International tourists totaled 46,900, up 8.9 per cent, while revenue was VND1.93 trillion ($86.54 million), or 19 per cent higher.
Phu Yen is estimated to have about 125 hotels with 2,550 rooms. About 500 rooms are in three- to five-star hotels. It also boasts many seafood specialties, such as tuna, but only has a handful of stand-alone restaurants, mainly serving tourists. Most other restaurants are in hotels and are wedding reception centers.
Mr. Vo Khanh Ngoc, Director of the Phu Yen Center of Information and Tourism Promotion, said that large tourist groups only select hotels of three to five-star standard, but Phu Yen is short of such hotels. With large tourist groups of hundreds of people, guests must stay at several hotels and this is not always convenient.
According to Decision No. 128, by 2020 Phu Yen is expected to welcome from 1.8 to 1.85 million tourists, including from 90,000 to 100,000 foreigners. It also targets having 8,500 rooms, 3,000 of which are from one-star to five-star standard.
Prioritized projects in the tourism plan for 2016-2020 include a luxury resort at Tu Nham Beach in Tuy An district, an ecotourism zone at the Phu Sen mineral springs in Phu Hoa district, and the Lac Sanh mud bath resort, which combines relaxation and healing, in Tay Hoa district.