Ba Ria - Vung Tau eyes sustainable tourism

Much has been done to ensure tourism remains a key field in southern coastal province.

By Le Cham on October 15,2018 10:40 AM

Ba Ria - Vung Tau eyes sustainable tourism

Natural advantages are key factors in the province developing its tourism industry. PHOTO: Hoai An

Tourism has long been an essential part of the economy in southern coastal Ba Ria Vung Tau province, not only because it is a main source of revenue but also because it’s what most people associate with the area.

Tourists are attracted in large numbers due its mild and refreshing climate, with cool fresh air from its great location by sea, mountains, and forests. The average temperature is about 27C and average rainfall is 1,500 mm a year.

The province boasts beautiful long beaches like Bai Truoc, Bai Sau, Long Hai, Ho Coc and Ho Tram. In particular, Con Dao Island has historic Con Dao Prison, the tomb of Martyr Vo Thi Sau, and Dam Trau Beach, and attracts more visitors each year.

Just 100 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria - Vung Tau can be reached either by car or boat in one and a half or two and a half hours. The variety and scope of its mid- and high-end hotels meet the needs of millions of domestic and international visitors every year.

With substantial potential for the development of beach and island tours, local authorities have created favorable opportunities for domestic and international investors. Several projects proposed by the local Department of Tourism have been approved in the last six months, including a plan to introduce regulations on civilized behavior, a project to ensure proper tourist services, a conference on promoting investment in tourism, and the organizing of sea festivals. Such policies provide momentum for the sustainable development of tourism in the province.

Ba Ria - Vung Tau ranked 16th out of Vietnam’s 63 cities and provinces in the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) in the first quarter of this year. Scores for seven elements rose compared to 2017. Ninety-five per cent of investors in the province were pleased with the quick response from competent agencies to any problems or difficulties, while 72 per cent were happy with the settlement reached.

Such efforts have attracted domestic and international corporations keen on investing in its tourism sector, including Vingroup, Sebrina Holdings from Singapore, VinaCapital, and Novaland.

“To promote the sustainable development of tourism in the province, authorities have called for significant investments in high-quality and large-scale tourism projects from experienced international investors,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Trinh, Chairman of the Ba Ria - Vung Tau People’s Committee. “The provincial government has also encouraged investors to build high-quality shopping centers and a center for the research and development of new tourism products that reflect the province’s special features and meet the needs of visitors.”

Ba Ria - Vung Tau eyes sustainable tourism

Foreign visitors at Bach Dinh (White Palace). PHOTO: My Luong

With great potential for tourism development, local companies have become increasingly aware of the need to protect the marine environment. Some tourist sites arrange garbage collection activities and clean beaches every day or every week. Others have used renewable construction materials and ended the use of plastic or cloth bags.

Management at tourist attractions like beaches and shopping centers have provided more garbage bins and installed signs asking visitors to put their garbage in the right place. These activities have contributed significantly to the sustainable development of tourism in the province.

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