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Ba Ria-Vung Tau calls for investment in six tourism complexes
By Dao Loan
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Ba Ria-Vung Tau calls for investment in six tourism complexes

By Dao Loan

Experts discuss ways to develop Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province’s tourism sector at a tourism investment promotion conference today, July 12 - PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC – The Ba Ria-Vung Tau government is calling on investors to develop six tourism complexes as part of the province’s plan to boost tourism, said Nguyen Hong Linh, secretary of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Party Committee.

At a conference on tourism investment promotion in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, jointly held by the provincial government and Thanh Nien newspaper today, July 12, Linh noted that the province would focus on four key tourism products, comprising seaside resort tourism; meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) tourism; high-quality ecotourism; and spiritual tourism.

At coastal tourist sites with a total area of 1,600 hectares, the province will develop commercial tourism and MICE tourism as well as resorts and amusement parks. Besides this, the 1,100-hectare Long Hai-Phuoc Hai complex and its adjacent areas will accommodate high-end resorts, water and mountain sports and traditional craft villages, while the 3,000-hectare Ba Ria-Nui Dinh complex will be earmarked for community and hi-tech agricultural tourism.

At the Ho Tram-Binh Chau complex, which is 6,000 hectares wide, tourists can experience seaside resorts, ecotourism services, high-end amusement parks and medical tourism services. A 600-hectare safari park has also been planned at this complex.

Meanwhile, high-end water tourism, ecotourism and historical tourism services will be provided at the 1,000-hectare Con Dao complex. The last complex will comprise riverside tourism projects; mangrove forests along the Dinh, Ray and Cai Mep-Thi Vai rivers; and a waterway connecting Vung Tau City and Can Gio District in HCMC.

Linh stressed that the provincial government would create a level-playing investment environment and remove obstacles faced by enterprises to develop Ba Ria-Vung Tau into a high-quality tourism hub of the country.

Trinh Hang, director of the provincial Department of Tourism, said the province would focus on improving the investment environment and reducing the time required for investment approvals by five to 10 days from the current 35 days. The province would also issue specific bidding processes to choose investors for land lots with high commercial value, and issue preferential policies to bolster tourism development, Hang added.

Enterprises investing in tourism projects in Chau Duc and Xuyen Moc districts will be entitled to the most incentives in line with the prevailing law. Investors will also be able to avail deductions in corporate income tax and land use fees, Hang noted.

The Department of Tourism has proposed taking back land lots in Vung Tau City and Xuyen Moc District allocated to projects whose progress is behind schedule to develop entertainment projects and other services instead, exempting lodging and catering services.

According to the provincial Department of Tourism, the province currently has 128 tourism projects, with combined registered capital of more than US$10.64 billion. These projects are mainly located in Vung Tau City and in Xuyen Moc, Dat Do, Long Dien and Con Dao districts.

As of June, the revenue from lodging services in the province reached some VND4.55 trillion, up by 12.5% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the travel revenue during this period was more than VND1 trillion, rising by 13.8% over the same period last year.

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