The National Park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang, a World Natural Heritage site in the central province of Quang Binh, expects to host 650,000 tourists by 2020, including 55,000 foreigners.
The figure is expected to hit nearly 1.35 million by 2030, according to a master plan for the park recently approved by the Prime Minister.
Together with the contiguous Hin Nammo National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Laos and the Truong Son range ecosystem, the park will strive to maintain its originality and integrity as part of a joint preservation drive.
It will also establish and monitor bio-diversity corridors along the Son, Ranh and Nhat Le river basins that connect with other natural areas in the central.
Business activities involving handicrafts, ore mining, and residential development in the buffer zone, especially around Thuong Trach and Cha Lo border gates, will face scrutiny.
The park will partner with regional beach and cultural-historical destinations in the Road of Heritage Sites in Central Vietnam, a tourism programme initiated by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
A chain of high-end tourist service centres in Son Trach and Phuc Trach communes will be developed along with new attractions in the park.
More travel choices will be made available as tour routes from Ho Chi Minh Trail to A Rem village, En and Son Doong caves, and Long Dai River open.
In the Phong Nha urban tourism area, high-class services will be offered to cater to a population of 13,000 – 18,000 by 2020 and 15,000 – 20,000 by 2030.
Son Trach and Phuc Trach communes in Bo Trach district will be expanded and upgraded to include more eco-friendly housing blocks and public services.
Located in Bo Trach district, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park covers 85,754 hectares with a 195,400-hectare buffer zone. It is among the 238 most important ecological zones in the world.
The property contains and protects over 104 kilometres of caves and underground rivers and is considered one of the most outstanding limestone karst ecosystems in the world. The karsts are believed to have been formed during the Palaeozoic period (some 400 million years ago), making it the oldest major karst area in Asia.
A large number of fauna and flora species exist within the property, with 849 recorded vertebrate species. This impressive biodiversity includes a number of endemic species as well as threatened species, including tigers, Asiatic black bears, Asian elephants, giant muntjacs, Asian wild dogs, and the recently discovered sao la deer.
In particular, 19 new species have been discovered in the park, including 14 reptiles, one amphibian, two scorpions, and one bird.
Đăng ký: VietNam News