Central Phu Yen province with its pure environment and pristine natural scenery will be a popular destination for Russian tourists, said a Russian diplomat.

At a working session with Phu Yen provincial authorities on April 1, Russian Counsellor Gendany S. Bezdetko highlighted Phu Yen’s tourism development potential, saying that he would work to promote the province’s image, land and people to Russian people.

He also proposed the Consulates General in Ho Chi Minh City and the central coastal city of Da Nang to work directly with the Phu Yen Provincial Planning and Investment Department on the cooperation programme.

Vice Chairman of the Phu Yen Provincial People’s Committee Le Van Truc spoke highly of Russia’s role in the development of Vietnam and Phu Yen in particular. He said that there is a Russian invested project in the province and that the negotiation of the Russia-invested Vung Ro oil refinery project with a yearly capacity of 8 million tonnes will resume this month.

The counsellor visisted Phu Yen on the occasion of its 400th founding anniversary and the launch of the National Tourism Year 2010 in the province.

Around 40,000 Russia tourists visited Phu Yen province last year, he said./.