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Major ecotourism town to go up in Biosphere Reserve

50 km southeast of downtown HCMC, Can Gio Biosphere Reserve will be housing a 600-hectare ecotourism town distinguished by an artificial bay. Can Gio Tourist City Corporation (CTC) had started work on Saigon Sunbay last week, will be setting aside 200 hectares for the artificial crystal-clear bay. Can Gio District’s seawaters continue to muddy all year round.

Around five years will be taken to accomplish two phases of covering the town’s beaches with white sand. Tourism service facilities and luxury housing in the town will involve the remaining 600 hectares in Long Hoa Commune.The joint venture Semtech Limited Co. China’s CCCC Guangzhou Dredging Co. will construct hotels and resorts for modern living and recreation and will be accountable for reclamation and water work; and the project manager is Meinhardt (Vietnam) Ltd.

Some US$280 million will be spent in the first phase starting 2007 to 2010 on ground levelling and expansion out to the sea. Phase two starting 2010 to 2013 will be devoted to completing infrastructure. 33,000 people will at a time be accommodated in the town on completion by 2016, which also includes 22,000 tourists.

The potential of ecotourism will be aroused in the area by this project and social and economic development of the poor district will be promoted which has long been banking on aquaculture, Nguyen Huu Tho, chairman of CTC, said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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