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|The coast of Quy Nhon in the central province of Bình Định is a popular tourist attraction.-VNA/VNS Photo Viet Y|
This is part of the regional plan for the province that deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung approved late last month.
The plan, developed by Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning under the Construction Ministry, highlighted Binh Dinh as one of five provinces in the central key economic zone. The province has an important position economically and geographically as it is on the axis of the North-South expressway and railway, is home to Phu Cat Airport and is the nearest gate to the East Sea for Vietnam’s Central Highland region, southern region of Lao, northeastern region of Cambodia and northeastern region of Thailand through National Highway No 19 and Quy Nhơn International Seaport.
The plan was made for an area of 6,050 sq.km, or the whole area of the province with 11 administrative areas. Currently, the province has 13 urban areas including four major ones – Quy Nhon City, An Nhơn Town, Bong Son Town, Phu Phong Town – and smaller district-leveled towns.
In 2016, the province had a population of 1.52 million people and expected this to increase to 1.7 million people in 2035. The urbanisation rate is also forecast to reach 50 per cent by 2035.
Under the plan, Quy Nhon City is expected to become a national marine economic hub offering services, a seaport, industrial production and tourism. Services and the seaport are considered key factors driving growth of urban areas in the province, as well as the south central and Central Highlands regions of Vietnam.
Nhon Hoi Economic Zone is considered an important engine for the province’s socio-economic development.
The province also plans to develop three tourism hubs in Quy Nhon City, Tay Son Town, Hoai Nhon Town.
Phương Mai-Nui Ba Tourism Area, stretching over 2,500 ha, will become a national tourism area featuring sea and island ecology and cultural values of Binh Dinh.
In major urban areas like Quy Nhon City, An Nhon, Hoai Nhon and Tay Son, the province will develop logistics centres to connect seaports, airports, as well as the economic corridor along National Highway No1 and National Highway No19.
It also plans to develop wholesale markets for farm products in Hoài Nhơn and Tây Sơn, a wholesale market for aquaculture products in Tam Quan Town (in Hoài Nhơn) and Đề Gi in Phù Cát District.