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Vietnam's opens impressive new gateway to Halong Bay

Van Don International Airport has become Vietnam's first privately built commercial gateway after opening for business at the weekend.

Located in Quang Ninh province, 220 kilometres from the capital Hanoi, the Sun Group developed airport will serve the UNESCO world heritage site of Halong Bay.

Dutch consultancy and engineering firm, Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO), assisted with the construction of the gateway, which is estimated to have cost $310 million to build.

"It is the most modern airport in Vietnam. It will have positive influences on the passengers' experience here in the airport," says Romy Berntsen, a project manager and architect from NACO. 
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According to NACO, besides being equipped with the latest airport technologies in the main terminal, and a state-of-the-art runway, the new airport features a beautiful design inspired by Halong Bay, which is just 50km away.

As a new gateway for both domestic and international travellers coming to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, the airport is expected to handle up to 2.5 million passengers annually for the next two years and 5mppa by 2030.

The Sun Group is described as the country's premier developer of tourism, leisure and entertainment-focused properties and projects.

On the same day as the airport's opening it also officially unveiled the new Halong-Van Don Highway and Halong International Cruise Port.

 The new four-lane, 60km-long highway will reduce travel time from Van Don Airport to Halong city to just under 50 minutes.
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With total investment of $43 million, Halong International Cruise Port is the first ever cruise port dedicated exclusively to receiving international cruise ships.

Located in Bai Chay ward, Halong City, the port can accommodate two cruise ships (up to 225,000 GRT each) at the same time and a total of 8,460 passengers, including crew.

The port terminal, designed by Bill Bensley, one of the world's most renowned and innovative architects, will be a new landmark for the city and Quang Ninh Province.

The opening of all three major infrastructure projects is expected to play a pivatol role in helping the province  reach its full tourism potential and create new opportunities for international trade and economic co-operation.

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