Phu Yen calls for investment in tourism

Director of the provincial Trade and Tourism Department Nguyen Thanh Tam said visitors now just think of Phu Yen only as a stop-over on their way to neighbouring Khanh Hoa, which boasts such famous tourist destinations as Nha Trang Bay. Although the province is not lacking in beautiful beaches, nature reserves or historical sites, an absence of high quality accommodation and tourism services is stopping them from staying overnight. By the end of January this year, there were only 17 hotels in the province, most of which are small and located in Tuy Hoa Town.

He said a series of new hotels are being planned at beaches and tourist destinations, most of which are invested in by private businesses. Meanwhile, the Trade and Tourism Department has completed a detailed plan for a tourist area along the coast to the north of Tuy Hoa, which will comprise resorts, beaches and restaurants offering local specialties.

The Phu Yen Joint Stock Tourism Company is building a tourism complex at Vung Ro-Deo Ca, where visitors can climb mountains, discover rare plants and animals at the Northern Deo Ca nature reserve, relax on beaches, see a lighthouse built by the French in 1890 and the site which used to harbour non-registered ships on their way to secretly transport weapons from the north to southern battlefields.

The nearby Dai Lanh Cape in Vung Ro is also intended as a potential tourist attraction, as this is where the first rays of the sun touch inland Vietnam each day. The province hopes to organise tours for visitors to welcome dawn at the cape and an annual sun festival there.

Phu Yen is also looking at large artificial reservoirs surrounded by primitive forests as promising sites for eco-tours. Work is already under way to develop tourist facilities at the reservoirs of Song Hinh hydro-electric power plant, and Dap Dong Cam, one of the country’s largest irrigation projects. The province is calling for investment in developing tourism at Phu Xuan reservoir, the Ba Ha hydro-electric power plant, and the Krong Trai nature reserve.

In other efforts to woo more visitors, the central province is seeking closer ties with travel companies in neighbouring Khanh Hoa Province and the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City. A joint venture between travel companies in Phu Yen and HCM City was set up in late 2004 and is offering inter-province tours, while developing a number of tourist sites, such as Gio Chieu and Bai Tien in Phu Yen.

(Vietnam News Agency)

Courtesy: Ba Tours

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