By Tu Nguyen, Xanh Le   October 19, 2023 | 07:00 am GMT+7

Phu Quoc's crossroads: better services or tourism collapse

A beach resort on Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa

Phu Quoc, historically the most well-liked paradise island in Vietnam, is seeing a decline in tourism as high air ticket costs and a lack of interest in international travel take their toll, according to experts.

The largest island in the coastal nation of Vietnam, Phu Quoc, which was once one of the busiest tourist destinations in southern Vietnam, is losing its appeal due to rising air ticket prices, declining tourism services, and a severe overcharging epidemic that deters responsible tourists from visiting the area once known as “the pearl of Vietnam.”

Statistics indicate that compared to last year, fewer tourists are visiting the island.

Phu Quoc saw 112,000 visitor arrivals during the five-day Reunification Day holiday (April 39 – May 5), which represents a decline of 11.5% from the same time last year. Revenues were also down.

Source: vnExpress