The Minerva, a 5-star cruise ship carrying 500 tourists and 200 crew members, docked at Quy Nhon port, coastal Binh Dinh province on January 31.

This is the first ship of this rating to dock at the port and the first large tour group to arrive in the province in 2013.

Minerva began its voyage from Hong Kong. It stopped at Hai Phong, Ha Long and Da Nang before arriving in Quy Nhon, and will continue to Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City before departing for Cambodia .

Binh Dinh’s tourism sector has seen significant development in recent years. Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Van Trong Hung said that the number of tourists visiting the province in 2012 increased by 24 percent, and tourism revenue rose by over 30 percent.-VNA