February 18, 2017 01:00 By VIET NAM NEWS ASIA NEWS NETWORK HANOI
SON TRA Mountain in Vietnam will become a national tourism site that will host a luxury eco-tour resort complex by 2030, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday.
Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, said the mountain, 600 metres above sea level and 10 kilometres from downtown Da Nang, would become a key destination along with World Heritage sites in Hoi An Town and the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.
“The mountain has been a lung for Da Nang with its rich biodiversity and the Nature Reserve. That’s why the government has decided to add it to the National Tourism Plan, with the aim of hosting 4.6 million tourists in 2030,” Sieu said.
“Son Tra and Da Nang will be at the crossroads of Vietnam’s road and sea tourism, as the city is situated in central Vietnam and links with the national highway and railway systems as well as deep-sea ports,” he said.
Sieu said Son Tra alone could accommodate 300,000 tourists in 1,600 luxury hotel rooms. By 2030, the mountain is expected to earn tourism revenue of 4.3 trillion dong (Bt6.6 billion) and create 2,800 jobs, he added.
As planned, the Son Tra Mountain area, which covers 4.439 hectares, will have 1,056 hectares earmarked for development as a national ecotourism and luxury resort in central Vietnam.
The Da Nang Tourism Department has said it will introduce the “Son Tra Sunset Tour” this year as the newest tourism service.
The tour will allow visitors to enjoy a breathtaking sunset panorama and a bird’s-eye view of Son Tra Peninsula as well as a corner of the city from 600 metres above sea level, the department said.
Son Tra Mountain is already a popular tourist destination, with 10,000 visits every month.
The mountain shelters nearly 300 red-shanked douc langurs, which were declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2013.
The city has approved a long-term plan (until 2030) to protect biodiversity in the Son Tra Nature Reserve.
The Son Tra Peninsula Strategic Vision Plan, which was designed by US architectural and urban-planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has been awarded an excellence prize by the American Institute of Architects, the city’s construction department announced this week.
According to the government’s 2020-30 master plan for tourism development in the central region, Da Nang, Son Tra and favourite tourism destinations like Hoi An, the My Son Sanctuary, and the Hue Monument Complex will welcome 6 million foreign tourists and 8 million domestic visitors, earning tourism revenue of US$2.1 billion (Bt73 billion) by 2020 and creating 80,000 jobs in the process.