“Kong: Skull Island” director to be Viet Nam’s tourism ambassador
Update: Mar 10, 2017
Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts, director of the latest Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” has been appointed as tourism ambassador of Viet Nam in the 2017-2020 tenure. 

At their meeting in Ha Noi on March 9, all the 13 members of the council for appointment and dismissal of tourism ambassador established by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, agreed to choose Director Vogt-Roberts as the new tourism ambassador. 

As planned, the director will receive the appointment decision at a ceremony on March 13 to become the first foreign artist appointed to the post. 

He will work to promote Viet Nam’s tourism through activities related to communication, art and photography, among others. 

Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts is an US film and television director and screenwriter. 

He made his directorial debut with the film The Kings of Summer at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It was also screened at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. 

It won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival. Vogt-Roberts is also co-writer and director of TV series. 

The “Kong: Skull Island” - the story about a group of explorers who go into the jungle to discover the birthplace of the lord of giant apes, will officially hit cinemas in Viet Nam and worldwide on March 10.

Viet Nam is one of the three destinations selected for filming, in addition to Hawaii and Australia, thanks to its wild and marvelous natural scenes. 

Scenes of the film were shot in Trang An, Van Long and Tam Coc in the northern province of Ninh Binh; the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Rao Nan River and Yen Phu Lake in the central province of Quang Binh; and Ha Long Bay in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

Vogt-Roberts is hopeful that the film will encourage more people to visit Viet Nam, although he said he is mindful of both the advantages and pitfalls.