Dubbed as the pearl of the North, Cat Ba Island is one of the tourist destinations of Vietnam. In the past years, Cat Ba economy has constantly developed and reached the significant achievements.
Cat Ba Island composes of one main island and 366 small and large islands stretching northeast – southwest direction. Cat Ba Island is situated in the east of Haiphong city, in the Red River Delta economy. In the past years, the economy in Cat Ba has strong development and contributes to the development of Vietnam economy in general.
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The small mechanical operation, repairing ships, mineral water production, building materials, electricity and fresh water production rapidly grow to serve timely for the production and create jobs for thousands of labors. Specifically, Cat Ba water and electricity firm bottled mineral water. From 1985-1986, the firm produced 500,000 bottles per year, until 1990 made 5-8 million bottles. The spontaneous electrical production reached 442.520kwh, increased 119-408kwh compared to 1996. In 1998, the national electricity network connecting to Cat Ba Island has created favorable conditions for the strong economic development of sectors on the island.
Agriculture – Forestry – Fishery
Cat Ba island has karst topography, so the area of cultivate land is less than 200ha. The water source on the island only meets one- third area of the cultivate land. The natural condition in each region creates the separate economic models. In the recent years, the district has encouraged and facilitated to develop breeding lean pigs and industrial chicken, raising the living standard for people here.
The aquaculture of Cat Ba has thrived; the raising tiger prawns and unisex tilapia strongly develop. The area of tiger prawns was 100ha with 6.5 million fingerlings of 140 households. In addition, the island has achieved some results in the aquaculture and salt processing. The fish sauce production reaches 4.640.800 liters, by 100% of the plan.
Tourism and services
Tourism and services have also significant contribution to the development of Cat Ba economy. Tourist activities have strongly developed since 1997 with more diverse and richer tourist types than before. By the end of 1997, the island invested about VND 10 billion to repair, upgrade and construct hotels, motels, bringing the number of hotels and motels in Cat Ba to 24 units and 233 rooms, 534 beds. The hotel system and tourist services have met better the increasing demands of tourists. The number of tourists comes to Cat Ba more and more increasingly. The average number of tourists visiting Cat Ba from 1997-1998 reached more than 40,000 arrivals, more than 1.5 times compared to 1996, in which foreigners account for about one third. The tourist services are more diverse and richer than before. The first step is to create an attraction for tourists.