Khanh Hoa province is making efforts to accomplish its vision of being a worldwide hub for maritime tourism and services.
|If technical and social aspects can be addressed, the province can become a maritime tourism hotspot |
According to Khanh Hoa Department of Tourism, the south-central province received more than 573,000 visitors in the first two months of 2023, a more than 92 per cent increase over the period in 2022, with over 174,500 foreign visitors and more than 398,000 local tourists.
It is anticipated that tourism earnings in the two months exceeded $140 million, an increase of about 210 per cent over the same period in 2022. Khanh Hoa is aiming to attract more than four million people and generate $894 million in income by 2023, and the start to the year has laid an excellent foundation for these targets.
The province has long been a must-visit location on the tourist map of Vietnam due to its abundance of scenery, unique cultural artefacts, and marine and island tours. Several domestic and international investors have poured resources into Khanh Hoa’s tourism sector, transforming it into a driver of economic development.
A decade ago, there were only around 510 accommodation establishments in Khanh Hoa with 12,700 rooms. There are now 1,170 such establishments with more than 55,500 rooms, of which over half are hotels three stars or higher, affiliated with well-known global travel brands.
Khanh Hoa has also attracted a significant number of large-scale ventures in important tourist regions. In particular, North Cam Ranh Peninsula has 40 projects with the total registered investment capital of $1.25 billion. Today, there are 16 large-scale and high-class hotels operating with over 9,500 rooms.
Meanwhile, the Nha Trang metropolitan region has around 65 resorts of quality of 4-star or above, with 16,865 rooms and several high-end and expansive entertainment areas.
Infrastructure investments are being made in the Van Phong area of Van Ninh district to encourage the growth of ecotourism resorts, high-quality golf courses, and isolated coastal tourist areas with sightseeing activities.
Khanh Hoa aims for total revenue from tourists to reach $14.9 billion by the end of the decade; the service sector to contribute 55 per cent of the province’s regional GDP; and to attract 15.5 million guests, including eight million international visitors; maintaining an average tourist growth rate of 5-10 per cent per year, and providing employment for more than 250,000 workers.
“This year is regarded as a new turning point in the growth of services, sea, and island tourism in Khanh Hoa,” said Khanh Hoa People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Tan Tuan.
According to Tuan, the province’s tourism sector still has a great deal of work to do to reach its aim of being a hub for service and maritime tourism of worldwide renown. In which, it is important to prioritise investment and encourage all resources to invest in and improve technical and social infrastructure.
Resources should also be used to encourage the development of new, unique, and sustainable products and services; and to build and launch large-scale projects in accordance with planning in Van Phong Economic Zone. Tuan added that Khanh Hoa would spend extensively to modernise the service industry, so securing its international and regional connectivity.
“Khanh Hoa is preparing the provincial planning dossier for this decade, with an eye towards 2050. With a long-term perspective, the province assures efficiency and conformity with the national master plan to modify urban space sensibly and promote the strengths of each area and community,” he said.
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