Design of the SunBay Park Hotel&Resort Phan Rang complex (Photo: laodong.vn)

Ninh Thuan (VNA) – The Crystal Bay group on April 9 broke ground for its 4.5 trillion VND (194.5 million USD) sea resort complex in Phan Rang-Thap Cham city, the south central province of Ninh Thuan.

The SunBay Park Hotel&Resort Phan Rang complex, the biggest sea resort in Ninh Thuan so far, will comprise three towers with around 3,300 hotel rooms, along with a 4.7ha water park, a shopping zone, spas, nine pools and nine restaurants.

Nguyen Duc Chi, Chairman of Crystal Bay, said the project is only a start of the group’s plan to develop tourism in the province. It is slated to be put into operation in June 2021.

Chairman of Ninh Thuan People’s Committee Luu Xuan Vinh said the province has designated tourism as the spearhead of its socio-economic development strategy.

He affirmed that the provincial administration will provide the best possible incentives for investors in tourism, with the aim to turn the province into a new resort destination in Asia and the world.

In 2018, Ninh Thuan served 2.19 million tourists, up 15.3 percent year-on-year, and raked in 1.05 trillion VND (45.15 million USD) from the sector, a year-on-year rise of 18.9 percent. 

It aims to welcome 2.35 million visitors in 2019 and earn 1.15 trillion VND (49.95 million USD) from tourism. 

The province is home to 149 cultural heritages, including two special national relic sites, and 12 national relic sites. Notably, the local Don Ca Tai Tu (southern folk music) was recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humankind by UNESCO.

Cham pagodas with unique architecture have been an icon of Ninh Thuan province for centuries, with Po Klong Garai and Hoa Lai towers recognised as special national architectural relic sites.

In addition, the province is renowned for its festivals, such as the whale worshiping, and the leaving tomb and cremation rituals of the ethnic Cham Brahman people. –VNA