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Director of "Kong: Skull Island" named tourism ambassador

Released at: 11:55, 14/03/2017

Director of "Kong: Skull Island" named tourism ambassador

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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to hold position from 2017-2020.

by Nguyen Quoc

Speaking at a ceremony in Hanoi on March 13, during which Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien released a decision appointing him as tourism ambassador of Vietnam for 2017-2020, director of "Kong: Skull Island" Jordan Vogt-Roberts said he is honored to be selected and will do his utmost to help the country’s tourist industry take off.

Vogt-Roberts is the first foreign film director to hold the position.

Another foreigner, Mr. Bobby Chinn, a chef from New Zealand, was Vietnam’s tourism ambassador for 2014-2017.

Vogt-Roberts, 33, is an emerging director in the US, and “Kong: Skull Island” is his third film.

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman, “Kong: Skull Island” tells the story of a group of explorers who go in search of the birthplace of the lord of giant apes. It was shot in Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province, the Van Long Natural Reserve and the Trang An Complex in Ninh Binh province, and the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province.

As VET reported previously, the Hollywood movie opened in Vietnam on March 10 and earned VND18.2 billion ($800,800) from 162,000 tickets sold, breaking all previous records with the highest grossing opening day ever in the country.

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