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Deputy PM pushes for sustainable Son Tra tourism development plan
  • | vneconomy, dtinews.vn | June 14, 2017 01:08 PM
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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the controversial Son Tra tourism master plan should be halted if it is not a sustainable development during the NA question and answer session on June 13.

 

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the NA question and answer session on June 13.

Dam said it was an important issue and that he has heard many people asking about this project. However, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Danang City People's Committee haven't provided any official answer on environmental issues.

According to the Law on Tourism, the prime minister will review the country's general tourism development plan including a list of urban areas and sites of all scale that have potential to be the national tourism sites. Danang is a tourist city, which includes the popular tourist destinations of Ba Na and Son Tra.

The law states that national tourism sites must be over 1,000 hectares, welcome one million visitors a year and have accommodation.

The authorities started making the development plan in 2013 and made a public announcement on February 15. After the plan was criticised by the Danang Tourism Association, Dam said the prime minister had asked the ministry and authorities of Danang City to reconsider the opinions.

"After reading the plan and working with the architects, I decided that in order to gather opinions fairly, the plan should be halted," he said.

Dam assured that they had consulted many experts to ensure all tourism development and environmental conservation aspects.

In 2013, Son Tra has 4,439 hectares of natural area, yet Danang authorities gave approval to 18 projects with 5,049 rooms. The ministry said they would cut some projects to reduce the number of rooms to 1,600. According to Dam, experts and architects determined that 1,600 to 3,200 rooms were a reasonable number that could ensure both tourism development and environment conservation.

Even though Danang authorities disagreed with Danang Tourism Association's opposition to developing Son Tra, Dam still asked them to co-operate in order to reach a better solution and agreement on two issues. Firstly, their principle is sustainable development and that if all factors were not satisfied, it would be better to halt the plan. Moreover, Son Tra hasn't contributed much in the way of tourism so halting the plan wouldn’t cause many problems.

After working with investors and Danang Tourism Association, if Danang’s authorities want to scale down the plan, then the government will approve. Even if the authorities don't want to develop tourism yet and ask to be removed from the list of potential locations for national tourism sites, the government would also give approval. The plan needed consensus from the authorities, investors and the people in Danang to work.

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