CNN, on May 5th, ran an article, entitled: â€œForget Phuket, these are the next-gen Asian tourist hotspotsâ€, introducing four promising destinations in the near future. Vietnamâ€™s two hotspots were also named in the article, Phu Quoc and Ho Tram Strip, Ba Ria â€“ Vung Tau.
CNN said: â€œThe sprawling, tear-shaped island of Phu Quoc is being fashioned as the next Phuket.â€
One of the reasons why Phu Quoc is next is: â€œItâ€™s already a favorite domestic holiday destination among the Vietnamese, and the government is working furiously to flesh out the islandâ€™s tourist potential.â€
â€œIn 2008, Kien Giang Province licensed 21 infrastructure projects worth USD1.7 billion on the island. Moreover, the islandâ€™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.â€
Apart from the routine beaches and diving spots, the island also have â€œdistinct regional characterâ€ with the production of the best fish sauce in Vietnam and â€œitâ€™s lined with pearl farms,â€ said CNN.