Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC) says Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, is now connected to the national electricity grid by an undersea cable system.
Phu Quoc Island has a relaxing beach
The development will stabilize electricity supply on the island as the tourism industry expands with more hotels adding considerable pressure on the island’s utilities.
Costing US$111 million, the 55.8-km 110kV cable, the longest one of its kind in Southeast Asia, runs from Ha Tien town to Phu Quoc Island. Laying the cable and connecting to the grid took almost a year to complete.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on all embassies and consulates to accelerate visa application procedures and end all “unofficial” fees.
Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong said the government would crackdown on corruption related to the issue of visas.
The standard, 30-day single-entry visa to Cambodia should cost US$20, which includes a US$5 processing charge if completed online, according to the ministry’s website.
According to a Phnom Penh Post report, the ministry spokesperson Koy Kuong said: “The directive was intended to allow speedier entry for tourists and potential investors, who can also spend US$25 to apply for a one-month, extendable business visa either from abroad or on arrival.”
Myanmar has adequate airline connectivity and room capacity in the capital Nay Pyi Daw to host the 2015 Asean Tourism Forum.
Commenting on the country’s ability to host its first ever ATF, he said there were over 4,000 hotel rooms and plenty of guest house accommodation in the capital for trade show delegates.
The event attracts around 1,600 delegates including 900 sellers 100 media and 350 to 450 international buyers.
Cambodia’s deputy prime minister Sok An says Kampong Thom province’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex will be the next Cambodian site nominated for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex
The seventh-century complex, which predates Angkor Wat by by at least 200 years, was first submitted to UNESCO as part of a tentative list of Cambodian sites in 1992, but its inclusion on the body’s official World Heritage List was shelved in recent years.
Vietnam Airlines says it will launch a nonstop service from Danang to Tokyo’s Narita in July, this year.
The airline’s foreign affairs department deputy director, Mai Dang Hieu, said the route would develop two-way tourism between the two countries and would support business links and trade out of Danang.
“It will help to create the environment to boost tourism, trade and investment between Vietnam’s central region and the cities of Japan.”
The central city of Danang has an industrial zone covering 100 ha for Japanese companies, but the lack of a nonstop service out of Danang to Tokyo is a serious hindrance to developing more business.