Kem beach on Phu Quoc island (Source: Sun)

Kien Giang (VNA) – The southern province of Kien Giang estimates it will have welcomed 7.6 million tourist arrivals, including 580,000 foreigners, by the end of this year, up 25.5 percent and 57 percent against last year, respectively.

According to the provincial Tourism Department, besides Phu Quoc island - one of the hottest holiday spots in Vietnam in recent years, Kien Giang’s other destinations such as Nam Du and Lai Son islands in Kien Hai district, Ba Lua island in Kien Luong district and Hai Tac island in Ha Tien city have become more popular to both domestic and foreign visitors.

The quality of services at tourist attractions has been improved, and tourism promotion activities intensified.

The locality is also speeding up construction of tourism development projects, especially those on Phu Quoc. This year, an expanded terminal was inaugurated at Phu Quoc International Airport, helping raise the airport’s capacity from 2.6 million to 4 million passengers a year.

Next year, the southern province hopes to serve 8.3 million holiday-makers. To that end, it will intensify tourism promotion at home and abroad, while focusing resources on upgrading infrastructure, improving the quality of products as well as the capacity of human resources working in this field.

The province will also put forward preferential policies to attract more investors to local tourism.-VNA