New airport to serve Vietnam‏'s tourism boom

5th Aug 2013

Vietnam's tourism boom is to be serviced by a major new airport.

Long Thanh International Airport will be built in the south-eastern province of Dong Nai, Timetric the online data provider reports.

This will help serve tourists on city breaks to nearby Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau and Bien Hoa.

Vietnam's tourism chiefs hope the airport will become fully operational by the end of the decade, reportedly catering for more than 100 million passengers a year.

The plans follow a huge boost in tourism last year. Vietnam's inbound tourist numbers grew by 12.6% during 2008-2012.

Timetric predicts that these volumes will rise and generate possible revenues of over 10 billion dollars (£6.5 billion) by 2015 and will continue to expand.

Vietnam has many World Heritage cultural sites, including Hoi An, Halong Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park which all attract multitudes of tourists.

The country also has sumptuous coastlines, stretching over 3,260 kilometres (2,025 miles), making it a favourite for tourists seeking "sun and sea" specialist tours.

Vietnam offers good-value and diverse tourism services.

It is deemed to be a budget tourist destination compared to other south-east Asian countries and is ranked 18th in terms of price by the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index 2013.

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