Vietnam targets beach tourism

HANOI, 26 April 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism says the government’s 2020 master plan for tourism development aims to develop seven key tourism zones, of which five are sea-island related zones, reflecting the importance of marine, coastal  and island tourism.

Local media quoted VNAT deputy general director, Ngo Hoai Chung, saying sea and island tourism has drawn a large number of foreign and domestic investors, accounting for 70% of the sector’s total investment.

Beyond tourism revenue, sea and island tourism contributes to the country’s socio-economic development while consolidating national defense and security. 

Developing tourism in sea-related areas boosts services and trading, thus creating jobs for local people.

“To fully exploit coastal potential, priority has been given to developing three marine tourism hubs, namely Halong Bay, Danang, and Nha Trang Bay, serving high-end demand and Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE),” he said.

Investment has also been pumped into such promising beaches as Sam Son in Thanh Hoa, Non Nuoc and My Khe in Danang, Mui Ne in Binh Thuan, and Vung Tau in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Along the country’s coastline, there are 125 tourism beaches. Among them, Danang beach was voted as one of the six most charming beaches on the earth according to Forbes magazine. Halong Bay, the UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage in Quang Ninh, and Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa are also among the globe’s most beautiful bays.