Illustrative photo. (Source:shadesmuine.com)

The central province of Binh Thuan has identified sea sports and leisure as pillars in the development strategy of its hospitality industry through 2020 with a vision to 2030.

Under the development strategy, which was approved by the Government, Binh Thuan is identified as one of Vietnam’s major tourism destinations and a national centre for sea sports and leisure tourism.

Binh Thuan’s seaside town Mui Ne has been well-known for its ideal climate conditions for sea sports, especially kitesurfing and windsurfing. An international windsurfing competition took place in Mui Ne in 2011.

Speaking at the 20th anniversary of the Binh Thuan Tourism Day, Vice Chairman of the Binh Thuan’s People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tam said over the past 20 years, tourism has developed rapidly, with hundreds of resorts in seaside town Mui Ne, earning its nickname ‘the capital of resorts’.

The number of tourists to the province has increased from only 53,000, including five thousands international visitors in 1999, to over 4 million so far this year, 254,000 of which are international travellers.

Tourism revenue has increased from 30.7 billion VND (1.37 million USD) in 1995 to 7.6 billion VND (340 million USD) in 2015, accounting for 7.5 percent of the province’s gross domestic product.

The province currently has over 150 operational projects with more than 10,000 rooms and more than 40 local and international travel firms are operating in the province.-VNA