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New airport and cruise port open near Halong Bay

The large-scale infrastructure projects come despite warnings about “crazy” tourism growth in Vietnam.

Major infrastructure developments are expected to boost tourism to Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, home to the ever popular Halong Bay, despite warnings about “crazy” tourism growth in the area.

A new airport, a cruise port and a highway have all opened, stimulating fresh opportunities for international trade and economic cooperation.

After two years of construction, Van Don International Airport opened just 50 kilometres from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

It is the first international airport in the country to be overseen by a private company, namely Sun Group, a Vietnamese developer of tourism, leisure and entertainment properties and projects.

Highway to Halong
With a total investment of nearly 7.5 billion Vietnamese dong (€285 million), the airport was constructed with the assistance of Netherlands Airport Consultants.

As a new gateway for both domestic and international travellers visiting Halong, the airport is expected to see around 2 to 2.5 million passengers a year initially and 5 million a year by 2030.

Sun Group also officially unveiled, on the same day the airport opened, the new 60km Halong-Van Don Highway and Halong International Cruise Port, which can accommodate two cruise ships with a total of up to 8,460 passengers and crew at the same time.

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