With a coastline of more than 305km, including many unspoiled island populations, beautiful beaches, internationally branded resorts, unique landscapes, and cultural festivals, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has long been known as a luxury resort and discovery destination, attracting both domestic and international tourists from all over the world.
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According to the results from the Most Loved Ranking in the second quarter of 2023 published by The Outbox in mid-July, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has surpassed other renowned destinations, including Danang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Dalat, to lead the list of domestic destinations most loved by Vietnamese tourists in the second quarter, continuing to maintain the first position it has established since the beginning of this year.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau province's tourism industry has become more prominent and a hotspot for both international and domestic delegations. This has been clearly seen with the establishment of luxury hotel and resort brands such as The Grand Ho Tram, Melia Ho Tram, Fusion Ho Tram, Six Senses Con Dao, and The Secret Con Dao.
Information from the Department of Tourism of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province highlights that in the first 7 months of this year, it attracted over 8.5 million visitors, including 136,613 travelling internationally, with revenue from tourism reaching more than $382 million.
Trinh Hang, Director of the Department of Tourism of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, said that the province is concentrating resources on tourism development in the south-eastern coastal area and Con Dao, strengthening regional links and completing seaport infrastructure and traffic connections to prepare for a period of rapid growth in passenger numbers.
In mid-June, the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau motorway was started to connect the coastal urban chains. This route, together with the Long Thanh airport project, is expected to help Ba Ria-Vung Tau grow its tourism more quickly, especially in terms of international visitors.
On July 20, Con Dao passenger port was also inaugurated, making travelling from the mainland to Con Dao more convenient.
Con Dao is currently the foremost tourist destination in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, and is planned to become a national tourist area with outstanding ecotourism products and high-class resorts.
In the first half of this year, Con Dao welcomed over 385,000 visitors, an increase of 45 per cent over the same period in 2022.
Wide open door to welcome tourism investment
To entice more tourists, especially those from potential markets such as South Korea, India, and Europe, Ba Ria-Vung Tau is developing more high-end tourism products such as golf courses, casinos, yacht charters, and other luxury experiences.
|The event industry is attracting foreign investors from major international entertainment and hotel management brands. Photo: The Grand Ho Tram Bluffs |
The building of an eco-resort combined with a golf course in Long Dien district is one of the newest and most anticipated tourism projects in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in the second half of 2023.
At a meeting with a representative of the investor – Nakayoshi Ba Ria-Vung Tau Co., Ltd. – two months ago, Chairman of the People's Committee Nguyen Van Tho tasked the relevant departments with providing Nakayoshi with the necessary information, surveying the project location, and assisting in the completion of the required procedures.
Although it has not developed its own preferential policy, the locality is still an attractive investment destination for many domestic and foreign investors.
Chairman Tho stated, "This success comes from the province's positive moves to support investors with incentives prescribed by the government, including public investment, site clearance, administrative procedures, training, and high-quality labour."
|Ba Ria-Vung Tau is considered an attractive destination for many domestic and foreign investors. Photo: Fusion Suites Vung Tau |
According to statistics from the provincial People's Committee, in 2022 alone, Vung Tau city welcomed 27 tourism ventures. Of which, 19 projects are led by domestic investors with a total capital of more than $425 million and the remaining eight belong to foreign investors with a value of up to $5.86 million.
Trinh Hang, Director of the provincial Department of Tourism emphasised, "The Department of Tourism has called on the entire industry to design more programmes and events to stimulate growth. The cooperation and resonance of the whole sector will spread strength and create efficiency for the development of tourism in the province."
With the diversification of services, facilities, and entertainment, as well as the expansion of transport connections with the whole country, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has confirmed its place on the world's luxury tourism map.
Most importantly, with the province's economic indicators exceeding the targets in key economic areas such as seaports, logistics services, and tourism, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has proven that its economic development is not dependent on oil and gas, which is consistent with the objective of selectively attracting investments for projects that do not pollute the environment and meet the area's sustainable development requirements.