Hanoi has approved the development of five new golf projects as part of a master plan to turn the capital city into a tourism hub with 30 million visitors in 2030.
The new projects will bring the number of golf courses in the city to eight, news website VnExpress reported Saturday.
Hanoi plans to turn its four downtown districts into a cultural and shopping area, while suburban areas will focus on eco-tourism and sports activities.
The goal is to attract 4.5 million foreign arrivals and 26.8 million local visitors in 2030, with a total tourism revenue of US$8.8 billion.
Vietnam in April ordered cities and provinces to tighten control over golf course projects to make sure they follow environmental regulations and are not built on farmland.
The government also bans golf course investors from combining real estate development in their projects.
There are 24 golf courses currently operating in Vietnam.
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