Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the addition of a multi-purpose entertainment complex – horse racing course project into Hanoi’s master plan on socio-economic development by 2020.
Under Decision 1823/QĐ-TTg, Hanoi will increase the mobilisation of social investment sources for building sports facilities in combination with high-quality tourism and service activities.
The city will study the application of high technology in developing the sports, culture and entertainment sectors.
The US$420 million project will be built on an area of more than 100 hectares in Tan Minh Commune, Sóc Sơn District. It will also include a park, tourism and entertainment centres and many other facilities.
The project was first put on the table in 1999. It was initially planned to be built in Dai Kim Ward of Hoang Mai District and Thanh Liet Commune of Thanh Tri District.
However, as the legal framework for sports betting and horse racing hadn’t been completed at the time, the foreign partner withdrew from this project in 2005.
In 2007, the Hanoitourist Corporation and the Republic of Korea’s Global Consultant Network proposed the project again.
The project is expected to create jobs for about 1,000 direct labourers and tens of thousands of indirect ones and contribute up to VND1.5 trillion ($64 million) to the local budget each year.