Foreign visitors to Hue imperial city. (Photo: VNA)

The central province of Thua Thien - Hue is speeding up the completion of Chan May port’s Wharf No. 1 in a bid to welcome 60,000 tourists, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao.

The project, estimated to cost 310 billion VND (13.8 million USD), covers the increasing of Wharf No 1’s length from 300 metres to 360 metres, the dredge an area of 90 metres by 450 metres in front of the wharf and the expansion of the turning radius from 400 metres to 570 metres.

The Royal Caribbean International Group splashed out 5 million USD to improve infrastructure at the port, enabling it to receive super-sized ships and contribute to the province’s increasingly important tourism sector.

Upon completion of the upgrades, Chan May port will be able to accommodate the 348-metre Quantum-class ship in sizes up to 158,000 GT and the 360.3-metre Oasis-class ship in sizes up to 225,282 GT.

From the outset of this year, the province has received a number of international liners including Celebrity Millennium of Malta which carried 2,500 tourists from the US, Canada, Australia and European countries to the ancient imperial city of Hue.

Notably, the first five-star Voyage of the Seas of the US Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines with over 3,600 tourists on board docked at Chan May last month, the largest ship to ever anchor at the port. The Voyager of the Seas has 15 floors with 1,306 rooms and is 311 metres long and 48 metres wide.-VNA