The number of foreign tourists coming to Phu Quoc island in Kien Giang province in the first quarter of this year is 33 percent higher than that of the same period last year which recorded 57,100 arrivals.

According to statistics released by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kien Giang welcomed over 913,000 tourists in the first three months of the year, a year-on-year drop of 12.5 percent.

The downward trend is believed to result from unexciting tourism products provided at high prices and poor facilities.

Last year, the province received more than 5.23 million tourists, a year-on-year decrease of 2.1 percent. As for Phu Quoc, the district attracted nearly 622,500 visitors, up 25.2 percent from 2012, including around 122,800 foreign arrivals.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island, has been endowed with wild and natural beauty. In 2004, the 574sq.km heart-shaped island was approved by the Government to develop into a tourism centre of regional and international stature.

The island’s Dai (Long) Beach has been continuously placed among ‘The Cleanest and Most Beautiful Beaches of the World’ by ABC News since the start of 2008.

With lush green foliage and tropical flowers and the natural resources of both jungle and sea, the Phu Quoc National Park on the island is a part of the Kien Giang biosphere reserve, which was recognised as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2006.-VNA