By Hoang Phong    October 25, 2023 | 06:31 am GMT+7

Kazakh, Russian tourists flock to Phu Quoc Island

A street corner facing the sea in Duong Dong Ward in Phu Quoc Island in July 2023. Photo by Truong Phu Quoc

Visitors from Kazakhstan and Russia are arriving in Phu Quoc via charter flights, and South Korean airlines are gearing up to launch direct service to the island.

On Monday, the Phu Quoc International Airport welcomed 210 visitors from Kazakhstan.

The itinerary includes rides on the cable car to Thom Islet and visits to the Grand World Phu Quoc complex and the wildlife conservation park Vinpearl Safari.

On Tuesday, two charter flights brought in an additional hundreds of Russian visitors.

The head of the tourism department in Kien Giang Province, Bui Quoc Thai, has expressed optimism about the industry thanks to the return of foreign visitors.

He also said, as reported by VTV, that the province is collaborating with other organizations to increase tourism marketing efforts in the Russian market and Russian-speaking countries in Central Asia.

Several airlines based in South Korea have declared intentions to launch new direct routes to the island in the coming months.

Korean Air and Jin Air will begin flying the route in late November and early December, while Jeju Air plans to begin daily service between Seoul and Phu Quoc this month.

Industry insiders say the island’s once-booming tourism industry is starting to fizzle out due to high airfares, subpar visitor services, and widespread price gouging.

Phu Quoc saw only 19,000 visitors over the four-day National Day (September 2) holidays, a decrease of 40% from the previous year.

Nearly 30,000 hotel rooms and 800 businesses, including shops and restaurants, can be found on Phu Quoc.

Source: vnExpress