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|The sea off the coast of Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province (Photo: VNA)|
Dung said that in the first quarter of 2019, the south central province welcomed 1.14 million visitors, up 16.1 percent over the same period in 2018, including 96,000 foreigners.
Total earnings of the sector in the period reached 981.7 billion VND, up 20.6 percent year on year, he noted.
This year, the locality will hold the seventh Vietnam Vovinam Festival 2019 from August 8-11, which is expected to attract more than 3,000 visitors. A marathon held by online newspaper VnExpress will take place in June, while a national boxing championship will be held in September.
Noting that the capacity of tourism sector of the province has yet to match visitors’ demand, Dung said the province has designed various measures to attract investment in tourism and encourage locals to engage in the field.
Alongside, the province has focused on expanding tourism infrastructure and high quality accommodation, while improving the quality of tourism services and products, he said.
Since 2016, the province has attracted nearly 18 trillion VND of investment in tourism, while approving nine tourism projects, 15 resort projects and one safari park.
Thr province has 236 hotels with 5,554 rooms and 49 travel firms. Many big projects, including the five-star The Coastal Hill resort and villas, four-star Maia Quy Nhon Beach, TMS Luxury Hotel & Residence Quy Nhon and FLC Sea Tower are underway.
Local authorities have paid much attention to supervising tourism service providers in the province to handle law violations, stated Dung.
Binh Dinh is rich in cultural and historical traditions and boasts many scenic sites along its 134km-long coast. Notably, Quy Nhon city has diverse terrain including plain land, hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, sea and islands. Along with relic sites and beautiful natural landscapes, visitors to this city can also explore traditional arts and festivals, craft villages, the Binh Dinh martial art, as well as local food.
Dung underscored that it is not only beautiful landscapes that attract visitors, but the cultural identity of the area and hospitality of locals.