The official launch of a new 4-star resort on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc adds another name to the increasingly competitive tourism landscape on the southern Vietnamese island.
According to a recent press release, Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort & Spa, a resort created by Phu Lac Tourism Company in the northwest of the island in the Cua Can beach area’s natural forest, has been built “to provide full-service accommodation in a rustic and traditional Vietnamese folk style in harmony with nature.”
Among its high-class amenities, the creators of Green Bay Phu Quoc are proud to note that the construction density of the resort is a mere 10 percent of the total 11 hectares, meaning that much of the land’s natural landscape has been preserved.
Mr. Bui Dac Tuan, the Chairman and General Manager of the Green Bay Phu Quoc Resort & Spa Council, said, “The architectural foundation of Green Bay is based on the traditional style of Phu Quoc’s stilt house and the fishing village under the canopy on the seashore, bearing the cultural identity and history of Phu Quoc.”
The resort has a total of 61 bungalows, designed in five different styles, as well as two restaurants and a full-service spa.
The opening of Green Bay Phu Quoc comes at a time when the island’s tourism industry has been put into hyperdrive. According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Kien Giang Province government, while the island has struggled with a shortage of hotel rooms in the past, today travellers have an enormous variety of places to stay, amounting to more than 13,800 available rooms.
Green Bay Phu Quoc will join the six other 4-star establishments on the island, and its emphasis on eco-friendly tourism is a welcome relief to some recent additions to the tourism landscape.
Although the influx of tourism has helped Phu Quoc’s economy, the surge of travellers has had environmental impacts as well. The Kien Giang Environmental Protection Office has recently reported that it struggles to properly treat and account for the increased amount of waste produced by the businesses and residents of the island.
Ms. Bui Thi Thu Hien, a representative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Vietnam, said that if the waste and rubbish is not disposed of properly, marine-protected areas on the island can be threatened.