Da Nang will develop southern part of Hai Van Pass into a scenic spot after the tunnel under the pass is opened to traffic in May next year, a city leader.
Tran Van Minh, vice chair central coast city, said that experts from Australia would help the city develop tourism in this region as part of an agreement signed with the city last year.
After a preliminary survey of the southern part of Hai Van Pass late last -month, Queensland will send five experts to Da Nang next February, Minh said.
Minh said the city planned to zone more than 3,000 hectares of this area for tourism development, including places on the top and the foot of the pass. The greatest part of the area will be used to set up an ecology and nature reserve. In addition, villas and restaurants will be built in harmony with the Hai Van Pass. “This is just the initial plan. Details will be made with the assistance of Australian experts and after that we begin to call for local and foreign investment,” Minh said.
Minh also said that as Hai Van Pass belonged to both Da Nang and Thua Thien-Hue Province so the city would work with Thua Thien-Hue to jointly develop the entire Hai Van Pass region, not just in Da Nang.
Hai Van, the country’s most beautiful and impressive pass, is 500 metres above sea level and is part of the country’s backbone road linking the north with the south.
After the Hai Van Tunnel is opened to traffic in May next year, all vehicles will no longer use the pass so Da Nang wants to make use of this pass for tourism purposes.
Minh said according to the agreement signed with Da Nang last year, Queensland would assist the city to develop tourism and open courses for tourism staff.
The Queensland experts will help zone the southern part of Hai Van Pass free of charge, Minh added.