Vietnam is striving to develop sea and island tourism to drive the sea-based economy forward, thus turning itself into a rich and strong marine nation.Exploiting big islands A view of the UNESCO-recognised Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve Vietnam has 12 inhabited island districts, namely Hoang Sa, Truong Sa, Bach Long Vy, Cat Hai, Van Don, Co To, Con Co, Ly Son, Phu Quy, Con Dao, Kien Hai and Phu Quoc.The master plan for sea-based economic development by 2020 aims to develop high-quality tourism on the three island districts of Van Don (Quang Ninh), Con Dao (Ba Ria-Vung Tau) and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang).According to Ngo Hoai Chung, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), a series of mechanisms have been approved to develop high-quality services and products in the three island districts. For example, an international seaport, airport, and casino will be built in Van Don. With high-end entertainment services, bestowed with ecotourism potential and located in the network of the natural wonder Ha Long Bay, bordering Mong Cai city and the fascinating complex of islands and caves in Cat Ba island, Van Don is expected to become “another Macao” in Asia.Con Dao is home to… Read full this story
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