CNN names Phu Quoc and Ho Tram Strip as Asia’s next major tourist destinations


CNN, on May 5th, ran an article, entitled: “Forget Phuket, these are the next-gen Asian tourist hotspots”, introducing four promising destinations in the near future. Vietnam’s two hotspots were also named in the article, Phu Quoc and Ho Tram Strip, Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

CNN said: “The sprawling, tear-shaped island of Phu Quoc is being fashioned as the next Phuket.”

One of the reasons why Phu Quoc is next is: “It’s already a favorite domestic holiday destination among the Vietnamese, and the government is working furiously to flesh out the island’s tourist potential.”

“In 2008, Kien Giang Province licensed 21 infrastructure projects worth USD1.7 billion on the island. Moreover, the island’s Duong To International Airport, worth VND16 trillion (around US$910 million) and with a capacity of three million passengers per year, is set to be completed in 2012.”

Apart from the routine beaches and diving spots, the island also have “distinct regional character” with the production of the best fish sauce in Vietnam and “it’s lined with pearl farms,” said CNN.