Phu Quoc emerges as Vietnam's premier international tourist destination

By VNA   May 21, 2024 | 10:00 pm PT
Phu Quoc emerges as Vietnam's premier international tourist destination
Foreign tourists on Kem Beach in Phu Quoc. Photo courtesy of Visit Phu Quoc
The picturesque island of Phu Quoc witnessed an unprecedented surge in foreign visitors within the first quarter, at over 200% compared to the same period last year, with the influx predominantly driven by tourists from South Korea and Taiwan.

In the first quarter alone, over 500,000 international visitors arrived in Phu Quoc, up over 200% year-on-year. During the April 30-May holiday, which lasted for five days, the number of foreign arrivals in the locality increased by 12% annually and was 2.4 times higher that of domestic ones.

Between January and March, Kien Giang Province which is home to Phu Quoc welcomed 221,657 South Koreans, rising by 165% annually.

Particularly noteworthy was a 12-fold surge to 82,135 in the number of Taiwanese visitors to the province.

Statistics indicated that approximately 90% of these Korean and Taiwanese visitors came to Phu Quoc.

In addition to leveraging the region's natural and cultural assets to develop innovative products, the island is working on human resources development, infrastructure investment, and facilities to meet demand and establish itself as a premier international destination.

On May 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs's press department and Kien Giang jointly organized a visit to the resort island for foreign diplomats and resident journalists in Vietnam.

Rosa Maria, Deputy Consul of the Philippines in Vietnam, said her country boasts many beaches, but is lacking cable cars, ecosystems, and evening shows like those in Phu Quoc, which she reckoned could definitely become a new paradise in the world.

Aida Safura Niza, a tourist from Malaysia, said she is pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities taking place in the island. The Kiss of the Sea show and Kiss Bridge are things everyone must see and experience. She expressed her belief that in the next 5-10 years, the popularity of Phu Quoc will expand significantly.

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