Chan May seaport in central Thua Thien-Hue province welcomed its first liner of the year carrying more than 2,500 foreign travellers on January 29.

The port is expected to receive 60,000 arrivals in 2015, facilitated by recent upgrades to the port conducted by the province.

Notably, Thua Thien-Hue signed an agreement with the world’s second largest cruise operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Under the pact, the US-based cruise line will invest in the overhaul of the port’s harbour No. 1 to serve larger ships accommodating up to 5,500 passengers.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the locality saw more than 178,480 arrivals so far this year, including 70,218 foreign visitors. It generated a total tourism revenue of over 216.3 billion VND (10 million USD), an 11 percent increase from the same period last year.

This year, Thua Thien-Hue strives to attract 3.1-3.3 million tourists, including 1.1-1.3 million from foreign countries, with a potential revenue of 3.1-3.2 trillion VND (144-149 million USD) overall, an annual gain of 15-18 percent.

Chan May Port, located between two central tourism hubs of Da Nang and Hue, is the most convenient gateway to the East Sea as well as the East-West Economic Corridor connecting Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.-VNA