Japanese Association of Travel Agents
Pacific Asia Travel Association
American Society of Travel Agents

Con Dao island hopes to become economic-tourism zone

VNECONOMY updated: 28/10/2005

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai has approved southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province's plan to turn Con Dao island, once a notorious prison for opponents of Frenh colonialism and the US-backed Saigon regime in the south of Viet Nam, into an economic-tourist-service zone by 2020.
In the plan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province outlined the targets to increase the population to 50,000 people by 2020 who will have an average income of 1,800-2,000 USD each.
Agreeing with the plan, the Prime Minister has also directed Ba Ria-Vung Tau to draw up a long-term vision for the development of Con Dao while making a breakthrough right at the begining, in order to fully exploit the island's available potential in close association with the southern region's development plan.
Con Dao island is set to develop its high-quality seafood processing for both local and foreign markets and will also provide repair services for vessels, transport means and construction machinery.
The preservation of revolutionary sites, such as the Con Dao prison and Hang Duong cemetery, and the Con Dao National Park is also a highlight in the island's 2020 socio-economic development plan.
The work will include the establishment of a branch of the Ha Noi-based Viet Nam History Museum with showrooms displaying objects, photos and models of prisons for revolutionaries during the wars of resistance against the French and Americans on the Con Dao prison's campus.
The remote Con Dao island, which is more than 180 km from Vung Tau, makes up of a group of 16 islands with a total population of around 4,000 people.
It is one of a few places in Viet Nam that is home to sea turtles, dolphins, and the rare dugong (popularly known as sea cows). It also boasts large and diverse coral reefs comparable to the most famous ecotourism spots in Southeast Asia.
With a cool weather all year round, the island is home to pristine beaches, such as Dam Trau, Dat Doc, Bai Canh and Hon Tre, giving visitors from far and wide a haven to relax.
Besides its natural beauty, Con Dao island, once known as "Poulo Condor" and long considered as a hell on earth, is a historical site. Many patriots and revolutionaries during the wars of resistance against the French and Americans were imprisoned on the island.
The Con Dao prison complex was established by the French colonial authority in 1861. From then until 1975, the French colonial administration, and then the US-backed Saigon regime, incarcerated Vietnamese revolutionaries in brutal conditions, often in tiny underground boxes known as "tiger cages" or"rice mills".
Con Dao is accessible by international sea routes from the north Asian countries of Japan, the Republic of Korea and China, and Southeast Asian countries of Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
It is now accessible by plane with the recent inauguration of the Co Ong airport, which has helped attract more holidaymakers to the island.

Source: Vietnam Agency

Hanoi to welcome millionth foreign visitor December 6 ( 03 Dec ) Vietnam city to host int’l sailing festival next year ( 03 Dec )
An Giang promotes delta with Mekong Tourism Festival ( 02 Dec ) Bai Dai beach, a newly discovered gem ( 25 Nov )
Russian arrivals in Ho Chi Minh City increase ( 01 Dec ) Beach village of Lang Co draws tourists ( 20 Nov )
Work begins on cable car system in Vietnam ( 04 Dec ) Tourist fair names Viet Nam the top new destination in Far East ( 10 Nov )
Southern Vietnam sculpture festival goes smoothly ( 01 Dec ) Con Dao island hopes to become economic-tourism zone ( 24 Nov )
Vietnam, US airlines to conduct code-share flights ( 02 Dec ) Travel Note ( 03 Dec )
Thai budget airline begins Bangkok-Hanoi service (21 Sept )
Viet Nam welcomes almost 300,000 foreign arrivals in September  ( 29 Sept )
British Airways adds service for Vietnam (26 Sept)
Phu Quoc’s foreign visitors exempted from entry visas  ( 23 Sept )
Hanoi to hold festive week to mark 995th birthday ( 20 Sept )
Hanoi to open cuisine, craft village fair for to draw tourism ( 10 Sept )
Vietnam national park applies for further UNESCO recognition  ( 23 Sept )
Travel Notes  ( 24 Sept )


Copyright 2000 - 2005,  Sinh cafe Travel Vietnam Opentour (International Travel License No: 00336/TCDL-GPLHQT)

All rights reserved