Ly Son Island looks to become national tourism area hinh anh 1A view of the sea from Thoi Loi Mountain on Ly Son Island (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ngai (VNA) - Authorities of the central coastal province of Quang Ngai have asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to approve an adjustment to the masterplan to develop Ly Son island district into a national tourism area.

Under the masterplan approved by the Government, the district will be turned into a national tourism destination by 2020. However, the island district boasts great potential and meets conditions to be recognised as a national complicated tourism area.

The provincial People’s Committee said that the adjustment to the masterplan is necessary to fully tap the tourism potential of the locality, thus making the island a main driving force for tourism development of Quang Ngai.

Ly Son Island has a population of 23,000 people.

The island – as well as a vast coastal area in the districts of Binh Son, Tra Bong, Ba To, Sa Huynh, Nghia Hanh and Quang Ngai city on a total of 2, – is being considered for designation as a Global Geo-Park by UNESCO.

According to reports of the district People’s Committee, the island welcomed more than 230,000 visitors in 2018, raking in 240 billion VND (some 10.3 million USD). It has seen strong development of accommodation in recent years, being home to 124 accommodation facilities and a large number of restaurants, providing jobs for about 6,000 labourers.-VNA