Phu Quoc Island
Designing a world-class, eco-tourism destination with sensitivity and ambition to match the island's UNESCO Global Biosphere Reserve status
562 square kilometers
In 2010, WATG – in close collaboration with the Vietnamese Institute of Urban and Rural Planning (VIUP) – prepared a high-level, island-wide master plan for 2030 that established a broad vision and design guidelines for all future development. The concepts propose an integrated approach with careful consideration of the environmentally sensitive land- and seascapes of Phu Quoc.
Understanding Vietnam’s ambition for Phu Quoc as a star destination on the global travel map, the 2030 Master Plan promotes balanced tourism growth across a variety of markets to enhance economic sustainability for the island. At the same time, vital infrastructure system upgrades and expansions are incorporated into the overall master plan.
The master plan promotes expansion and redevelopment of the three main towns with distinct characteristics and different purposes: Duong Dong as the island’s capital and administrative center, An Thoi as the main tourist port, and a new proposed ‘Bio-polis’ in the centre of the island that will become a magnet of research and education.
WATG is currently engaged – also with VIUP – in updating the 2030 master plan to a the horizons of 2040 and 2050. Rigorous economic analysis is underpinning the revisions to the plan, as are new tourism concepts particularly for the national park at the heart of the island to attract new markets and younger generations of travelers.