This January, a direct international flight from Guangzhou, China to Phu Quoc Island in the southern Kien Giang Province will be created to meet the increasing demand of Chinese tourists who want to visit the island.
Huynh Quang Hung, deputy chairman of the Phu Quoc’s People’s Committee, said the committee has been working with the Phu Quoc International Airport and China Southern Airlines to implement the new route.The two partners agreed on three flights per week from Guangzhou to Phu Quoc on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The new route is expected to attract more tourists to the Phu Quoc, dubbed “Pearl Island”, which will host the National Tourism Year in 2016. As of October, the island welcomed more than 750,000 tourists, marking an increase of 44 per cent over the same period last year. It hopes to host 850,000 tourists by the end of the year.
Despite its pure natural beauty, the island has not attracted a large number of foreign tourists. Some international travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City said tourists have not been deeply interested in Phu Quoc because the room rates there are usually higher than those in Da Nang, Cam Ranh and Phan Thiet. In addition, recreational services offered on Phu Quoc beaches are not as diverse as those offered in other places.
Since last year, several direct international flights from Russia, Singapore and Cambodia (Siem Riep) to Phu Quoc were implemented. However, more than half of the passengers reportedly chose to travel to other provinces, and only a small number of tourists stayed on the island.
Experts are calling for the improvement and diversification of tourism products to attract more international visitors to Phu Quoc following a government decision that established favourable policies for tourists visiting Viet Nam’s largest island.