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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
The number represents a year-on-year increase of 34 percent with over 72,500 overseas tourist arrivals to Vietnam’s largest island in Kien Giang province.
From January to October, the locality earned more than 1 trillion VND (US$47 million) from tourism, surpassing the 4.2 percent target and an increase of 33 percent over the same period last year.
The government plans to turn Phu Quoc island into a special administrative-economic zone by the end of this decade and a ecotourism and entertainment centre and regional financial hub.
It will also act as a national and regional forest and sea biodiversity conservation centre that holds a special position in security and national defence.
Phu Quoc posts an annual economic growth rate of over 24.5 percent, a 5.2-fold increase from 2004.
The island has attracted 206 investment projects valued at over 4 trillion VND (US$190.5 million) so far.