Con Co island (Photo: VNA)
Quang Tri (VNA) – A 38.8m-high flagpole was inaugurated in Con Co island district, the central province of Quang Tri, on July 11 after 18 months of construction.

With a flag measuring 24sq.m, the pole is bigger than others built on Vietnamese islands. As a symbol of independence, freedom and peace, the flagpole affirms the imprescriptible national sovereignty.

At the inaugural ceremony, Chairman of the Quang Tri province People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chinh launched tours to Con Co, aiming to make the island district part of the Cua Tung-Cua Viet-Con Co tourism triangle.

The provincial leader asked Con Co to improve the quality of tourism services and call for investment in power and water infrastructure, high-speed boats connecting the island with the mainland, restaurants, hotels and other tourism products in order to spur local tourism development.

Specifically, the district should intensify the management and effective use of natural resources, as well as roll out projects on transferring primeval forests into special-use ones, improving the environment and building historical and spiritual sites in order to attract more domestic and foreign visitors, he said.

Located 30km from the mainland, Con Co island, which crosses the 17 parallel, is considered an “outpost watch” due to its location.

Covering 2.3sq.km, it is one of the most magnificent islands of the central region with a diverse ecosystem.

Popular activities on the island include swimming, scuba-diving, canoeing, fishing and marine sports.

Tourists to Con Co can also visit the hall of traditions which houses items reflecting the history of the island district’s army and people over the past 55 years, pay tribute to Hill 37 Monument and visit ben Nghe-Mom Ho beach.-VNA