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Spurs boss Joe Lewis interested in building cruise ship port in Da Nang

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 16:05 GMT+7
Spurs boss Joe Lewis interested in building cruise ship port in Da Nang
Joe Lewis disembarks from his superyatch at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on May 13, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

The owner of Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur showed interest in developing an exclusive berth for cruise liners in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, as he welcomed the municipal chairman to his superyatch on Tuesday.

Joe Lewis, who is on an around-the-world voyage on his US$150 million superyatch Aviva, arrived at the city’s Tien Sa Port on Monday afternoon after having visited different localities along the beautiful coast of Vietnam.

On this occasion, Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho visited the Spurs boss aboard his watercraft and discussed investment opportunities with the English billionaire on Tuesday.

Lewis, 82, told the city leader that Da Nang is among the most beautiful coastal cities in Vietnam and it should make a great destination for luxury cruise ships.

The football club owner, the 388th richest person on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires with a net worth of $5 billion, expressed his wish to cooperate with local authorities to develop a modern cruise port to attract wealthy tourists to Da Nang.

For his part, chairman Tho suggested Lewis invest in the development of the city’s football, as well as other fields including tourism, culture and real estate.

Joe Lewis (second left) welcomes Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho (fourth left) to his superyatch Aviva. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Joe Lewis (second left) welcomes Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho (fourth left) to his superyatch Aviva. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Before Da Nang, Lewis had visited the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang, and Nha Trang, which is the capital city of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.

The warm welcome of Vietnamese people in these localities for Lewis and his ship was beyond his expectation, he told the Da Nang leader at Tuesday’s reception.

During his stay in Da Nang, the English billionaire was expected to visit famous attractions including Ba Na Hills and the night market, after which he would continue his around-the-world voyage to other Vietnamese destinations before heading to other countries on his Aviva superyatch.

Joe Lewis’ superyatch Aviva arrives at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on May 13, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Joe Lewis’ superyatch Aviva arrives at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on May 13, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Lewis was the 12th wealthiest person in the UK as of March 2018.

Together with his son Charlie and protégé Levy, he founded a company that bought stakes in Tottenham Hotspur.

Upon the completion of the sale in February 2001, Levy became chairman and the ‘face’ of the Premier League side, while Lewis remains very much in the background.

Joe Lewis and Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho pose for a photo on board the superyatch Aviva. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Joe Lewis and Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho pose for a photo on board the superyatch Aviva. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Joe Lewis’ superyatch Aviva arrives at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on May 13, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

Joe Lewis’ superyatch Aviva arrives at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on May 13, 2019. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

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