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Published on : Friday, April 21, 2017
The extensive coastline of more than 3,260 kilometers and seawater surface of expand over 1 million square kilometers along with scattered 2,700 islands of various shapes and sizes make Vietnam unique.
As per Dr. Du Van Toan who is the Head of the Division of Marine Resources and Climate Change Research of the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands under the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands, the main economic value of sea is not solely dependent on its seafood, gas resources and oil. The exotic maritime environment of Vietnam has shaped culture, beliefs, traditional festivals, cuisine, folk art and other attractions of this land for generations. Various sea-related economic achievements and national liberation victories has shaped the history of Vietnam a lot.
Not to forget, Vietnam’s coastal areas have taken care of different UNESCO-recognized world natural heritage sites, biosphere reserves, and natural preservation areas. As a result, the country leads in sea-island tourism development, as confirmed by Dr. Du Van Toan to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
By 2020, as the Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Ngo Hoai Chung assured that the master plan for tourism development of the Government wants to develop seven prime tourism zones in Vietnam. Out of seven, five are sea-island related zones, reflecting the significance of sea and island tourism.