A policy to grant a 30-day visa exemption for foreign passport holders visiting Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of the southern province of Kien Giang, has been effective since 10 March.
Enjoying the majestic seascape in Phu Quoc Island
The island located off the southwest tip of Vietnam is very close to the Cambodian border and visited by cruise ships on their way to Hong Kong.
Visa exemption is also applicable to foreigners, who are in transit at an international border gate in Vietnam (including by air or by sea) and are heading for Phu Quoc Island.
The visa policy is expected to transform the destination into a national and international hi-end holiday spot. One of the targets is long-stay visitors, wealthy Chinese who are keen to own second homes in neighboring countries.
Vietnam-based Sun Group Corporation says the first stage of its Asia Park project will open this year.
Sun Group’s general director, Dang Minh Truong, told local media that the theme park, designed by world-renowned American architect, Bill Bensley, will cost an estimated US$189.6 million.
Overview of the Asia theme park in Danang
“The park should become a favourite spot for both local residents and visitors, once completed,” he said.
The park will attract mainly domestic family travellers.
Built to accommodate around 2.5 million visitors a year, the 88-hectare park, located at Hoa Cuong Bac Ward in Hai Chau district, includes a culture area, an amusement zone, a multi-functional centre and parking lot.
Bagan’s tourism zone entrance fees could soon be collected by the Myanmar Tourism Federation, with part of the proceeds funding the development of Myanmar tourism and travel facilities in the Bagan region.
Bagan – one of the most famous spiritual destinations in Myanmar.
The tourism federation’s joint general secretary, U Khin Aung Htun, told local media that the fees are currently collected by the Ministry of Culture, but the federation is negotiating with the government to take over that responsibility. A deal could be reached as soon as April.
“We will begin collecting fees no later than 1 October. It could be sooner depending upon our discussions with the government,” he added.
The country’s aviation authority says a US$100 million project to expand passenger terminals at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international airports is underway.
Phnom Penh International Airport terminal is being expanded.
Cambodia Airports’ communications director, Khek Norinda, told local media that the development, which started in January, will see an extension of parking lots and terminals, as well as adding more check-in and immigration counters and new baggage handling systems.
“The commercial area will be enlarged to offer more retail space for shops, food and beverage outlets and a mezzanine CIP lounge to cater to first-class and business travellers.”
Visitors to Cambodia, rose to 4.2 million last year, compared to 3.68 million in 2012, according to Ministry of Tourism statistics.
Vietjet inaugurate its twenty-second route between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the resort city of Dalat. The new route by the low cost carrier will help promoting the National Tourism Year Dalat- Central Highlands.
The mountainous resort city of Dalat will be the centre of Vietnam promotional campaign in 2014 thanks to the organization of the “National Tourism Year 2014 – Central Highlands – Dalat” with the theme “Mountains and Forests of Central Highlands”. The National Tourism Year 2014 is due to include 45 major events, including 13 events directed by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Another ten events and seven tours will be organized by Lam Dong Province including cultural tours, nature discoveries and sports tours. Special events including festivals will also be organized all across the year including the spring festival of Pleiku City (Gia Lai Province), Bana’s rong house festival in Kon Tum Province, Buon Don elephant race in Dak Lak Province, tourism week of discovering waterfalls in Dak Nong. At the end of last year, Dalat already celebrated its 120th anniversary.