Con Co Island sees tourism boom

Con Co Island in the central province of Quang Tri is seeing a boom in tourist arrival since the first visitors set foot on the island in a tour launched two years ago.

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Quang Tri (VNA) – Con Co Island in the central
province of Quang Tri is seeing a boom in tourist arrival since the first
visitors set foot on the island in a tour launched two years ago.

Con Co used to welcome a few hundreds of tourist
annually. After the first official tour to the island district departuring from
Cua Viet was opened, the tourist arrival increased significantly from nearly
2,000 in 2017 to over 4,000 last
year.

In the first seven months of this year, the island
received 7,000 visitors.

To boost tourism, local authorities launched a 80-seat high-speed boat tour earlier this
month, reducing travel time from the mainland to Con Co
from 2 hours to nearly 1 hour. The district expects to have 3 – 4 high-quality
tour packages and 2 – 3 express boats by 2020 to better serve visitors.

Infrastructure on the island
has been much improved. The island was connected to the national grid in 2017, replacing the electricity
supply from diesel-fueled generators that was unstable and only provided in a certain period of time during the
day.

Authorities have also developed several local specialties to meet tourist
demands, such as fish sauce and jiaogulan tea.

Covering an area
of 2.3sq.km in the south of the Gulf of Tonkin, Con Co Island is blessed with diverse tropical marine ecosystems. Thanks to its large
forests, beautiful beaches and pristine coral reefs, the island has huge
potential for tourism development.

Primeval
forests cover about 74 percent of the island, which has a variety of sandy
beaches, coral reefs and igneous rocks formed from volcanic lava.

When the night falls, visitors could
stroll along coastal roads to enjoy the fresh air and peaceful
atmosphere. Popular activities on the island include swimming,
scuba-diving, canoeing, fishing and marine sports.

Located 17 nautical miles (about 30km)
from the coast,
Con Co island, which crosses the 17th parallel, is dubbed an “outpost watch” because
of its critical location for national
defence. It is also known as a pivotal battlefield
during the war against the US, and much evidence remains there of Vietnam’s
ultimate victory. Authorities believe that this also makes the island a great
place to develop for tourists with a taste for history.

Quang
Tri has adopted incentives to encourage investors to develop tours to
as well as hospitality and amusement facilities on the island, according to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and
Tourism Nguyen Van Chien. –VNA 

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