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|A resort in Phu Quoc Island (Photo: VNA)|
The locality is also focusing on building and developing a system of unique and high-quality tourism products and services encompassing eco-tourism, sea and island tourism, and cultural tourism.
Local authorities have called on businesses to cooperate in training human resources to realise the goal of having 20,000-25,000 tourism workers by 2020.
The province is studying the development of international tours by coordinating with airlines to promote the launch of direct and charter flights for tourists. It also continues to operate a sea route between Phu Quoc and Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia as well as a cross-border land route connecting the southernmost province of Ca Mau with Cambodia and southern Thailand.
The local tourism sector will focus on traditional markets such as China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as potential markets sending tourists with high spending and long stay like Australia, West Europe and North America.
According to the provincial Department of Tourism, in the first nine months of 2019, Kien Giang welcomed over 6.8 million tourists, a year-on-year rise of 12.5 percent.
It grossed over 6.28 trillion VND (266.6 million USD), up 35 percent against the same period last year.
Many destinations in the province has been internationally honoured including Phu Quoc, which was listed among the top five destinations to visit in autumn in Asia 2018 by CNN.