Beaches have been subjected to sustainable tourism planning in central Thua Thien-Hue province.

The provincial People's Committee has built up a master plan for beaches around the locality, categorising them for tourism and coastal areas for fishing and aquaculture.

The new plans require beaches to have a length of between 1,200m and 2,500m and a width from land to the water's edge of 30m to 150m. Exploitation of beaches must harmonise with the socio-economic development of the area where they are located.

Following the requirements, beaches for tourism will be based in the five coastal districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Huong Thuy, Phu Vang and Phu Loc.

Investment is set to focus on the beaches that will be most well-known to tourists, including Phu Vang district's Thuan An beach and the Lang Co beach in Phu Loc district.

Around the two beaches, there are 46 resorts and hotels supplying full services to tourists. Visits to the site increased 25 percent annually after Lang Co was recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Local authorities are upgrading roads leading to the beaches and erecting signposts to provide clearer directions to tourists.

They have also encouraged tour operators to develop sunset and sunrise sightseeing tours on the open ocean and lagoons, craft village visits, water sport activities and sand dune quad biking.-VNA