Quang Ninh – The tourism sector of the northern coastal
province of Quang Ninh is diversifying its products based on local advantages
with a focus on enhancing tourists’ experience towards the goal of becoming a
Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Tuong
Van said the province aims to attract 10 million tourists this year, including
1.5 million foreign visitors.
To achieve this goal, Quang Ninh is implementing a host of solutions, one of
which is to continue investing in infrastructure, especially accommodations and
tourist sites, in order to create the best services for visitors.
The province will continue to diversify tourism products in the direction of
developing sea-island tourism, trade tourism, health care tourism and MICE
(Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition) tourism.
Spiritual tourism attracts visitors not only in spring
Quang Ninh has an advantage in spiritual tourism which can
attract visitors not only in spring but all the year round, as the province is
home to the Yen Tu historical relic and landscape area on
Yen Tu mountain, the birth place of Truc Lam – the Vietnamese Zen Buddhism
founded by King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258 – 1308). It was also associated with
the formation and development of the Tran Dynasty (1225 – 1400). The site
boasts harmonious combination of natural landscapes and architectural
structures with special values.
Yen Tu is not the only spiritual destination
in Quang Ninh. Many temples and
historical sites in the province are well known among people nationwide, like
the Tran Dynasty Historical Relics in Dong Trieu district, Cai
Bau pagoda, or Cua Ong –Cap Tien temple.
Summer is the peak time for sea – island tourism
Sea tourism will continue to be the biggest driver for Quang
Ninh tourism, with several records made recently.
As of the end of July, Ha Long city, home to the famous Ha Long Bay, a World
Cultural Heritage site, served 4.7 million visitors, equal to 104.4% of the
figure projected in the best scenario for the year. It earned an estimated 9.25
trillion VND (390 million USD) in tourism revenue, 415% of the figure in the
same period last year.
Meanwhile, the province recorded 6.9 million tourists in the period, up 268%
year on year, and total revenue of 14.68 trillion VND, an increase of 296%.
For sustainable development of sea tourism and preventing
the problem of overloading in summer and few visitors in winter, the tourism
sector of Quang Ninh has consulted foreign experts.
Dr. Celal Kaplan from Kiran Consulting Group, which is conducting a survey on
evaluation of Ha Long Bay’s tourism capacity, affirmed that the bay is facing localized
overloading in some attraction sites at certain times. To prevent the
situation, the city needs to apply smart management tools to regulate the
volume of boats and passengers on the bay.
Keeping visitor flows in autumn and winter
After August, the volume of domestic travelers to Quang Ninh
will drop significantly. Tourism businesses should upgrade available products
while developing new ones, continue to improve service quality, and give
tourism personnel training, in order to attract visitors, both domestic and
international, and maintain the pace of recovery.
Aware that connectivity will be useful for recovery, the
Quang Ninh tourism sector is intensifying advertisement and promotion
activities in adjacent localities and across the country. In August, the
provincial tourism department and tourism association held discussions with
their counterparts in Da Nang city on resuming the Van Don – Da Nang air
In October, Quang Ninh will host the 17th General Assembly of the East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF), which will be an opportunity for the province to
enhance its linkage with EATOF member countries, contributing to tourism
recovery in the new normal./.