Quang Nam to tap maritime tourism potential


VietNamNet Bridge – The central province of Quang Nam plans to upgrade part of its Ky Ha Port for cruise services to nearby islands, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dinh Hai has told Viet Nam News.

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Cua Dai bridge in the central province of Quang Nam. The province plans to upgrade part of its Ky Ha Port for cruise services to nearby islands. — Photo baodautu.vn

Hai said Ky Ha Port, which has been used as a major cargo port, will reserve a 20m pier for boat services linking the provincial islands of Cham, Tam Hai with Quang Ngai Province’s Ly Son Island and Han River Port in Da Nang City.

“We will also build a reception area and accommodations at the port and upgrade the cargo quay into a tourism service pier. The Ky Ha Port, which allows cargo ships with a capacity of 20,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage), can be used for cruise and speed boats over the summer holidays,” Hai said.

He said the province will co-operate with neighbouring Quang Ngai and Da Nang and travel agencies in boosting tour boat services.

The province hosted 4.4 million tourists, 2.3 million of them foreigners, in 2016. It wants to increase the number to 5 million tourists in 2017 and 8 million in 2020.

The province also plans to upgrade Chu Lai Airport to handle 2.3 million passengers and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo by 2025, as well as launching sea routes from Ky Ha Port to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Boat service

Meanwhile, the island district of Ly Son has put into operation the first speed boat service between the island and Sa Ky Port on the mainland.

Vice chairwoman of the district’s People’s Committee, Pham Thi Huong, said the 85-seat speed boat, owned by a private company, will help cut traveling time from the coastal area of Quang Ngai Province to the island from one hour to 25 minutes.

She said the Chin Nghia company invested VND10 billion (US$442,000) in the project. A second boat is expected to go into operation next month.

Currently five cargo and seven passenger ships serve 1,500 commuters and islanders traveling from Quang Ngai to Ly Son Island each day.

Ly Son Island, 30kms off the coast, is home to about 21,000 residents. Most make their living fishing and farming garlic and spring onions.

The island is also a favourite destination during holidays, with 100,000 tourists visiting annually.

The district’s vice chairwoman said Muong Thanh Group also invested VND40 billion ($1.8 million) to build a 260-seat cruise ship.

In 2015, the district also launched a new sea route connecting the island to An Binh Islet, about 5km away.

According to island authorities, 18 hotels, guest houses and home-stays provide accommodation for 1,000 tourists at present.

The Agriculture and Rural Development Bank of Viet Nam (Agribank) also built the first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) on the Island, while Tien Sa Taxi put into operation the first public taxi service in 2015.

Tourists to Da Nang by sea up 30 per cent

The number of tourists visiting Da Nang City by sea has increased 30 per cent since the beginning of this year.

According to the central city’s tourism authorities, Da Nang Port has welcomed 30 ships with nearly 65,000 passengers and crew.

The number of tourists to Da Nang by sea recovered in 2016 following two years of declines. Last year, the city welcomed 70 ships with more than 136,000 tourists and crew members, a 2.6-fold increase from 2015.

Da Nang developed new tours and services to better serve tourists like forming a tourism cyclo and improving service quality at tourist sites. The city’s port was also upgraded to accommodate big cruise ships.

Da Nang hopes to welcome 95 cruise ships and about 160,000 passengers and crew in 2017.


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