Tourists in Quang Ninh rise during Tet holidays

Published:  07:00 Tuesday - February 07, 2017

Tourists in Quang Ninh rise during Tet holidays

The Tourism Department of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh has reported that the locality greeted 800,000 visitors during the week-long Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays, rise 45% compared to same period last year.

The world heritage site Ha Long Bay welcomed nearly 70,000 visitors while Ha Long Ocean Park lured close to 25,000 guests.

                      ha long

                                                     Ha Long Bay

Quang Ninh welcomed 8.3 million tourists in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 7 percent, and turnover of nearly VNĐ 9 trillion. 

With mainland and sea surface coverage of 12,000 sq. km and a 1.2 million population, Quang Ninh has long been known as one of the top tourism centers in Vietnam with numerous attractive destinations and variety of tourism products thanks to the province's efforts to boost tourism potential.

It has four tourist hubs. The Uong Bi - Dong Trieu - Quang Yen area is home to many spiritual and culture sites, while Ha Long Bay, along with th adjacent area is famous as a center for sight-seeing, culture, shopping and entertainment. 

The Van Don-Co To area offers spiritual, sea and island and entertainment tourism, and the Mong Cai area is strong for sea tourism and shopping.

                      

                                        Van Don (Quang Ninh)

Ha Long City is a big tourism center of the province. It now has 595 tourist accommodations including 100 one to five star hotel; 30 shopping center and restaurants; 500 cruise ships including 169 standardized overnight tour boats. Tourism services in the city have increased in both quantity and quality. 

Owing to its favourable location, Ha Long has attracted big groups and businesses in tourism with the most noteworthy projects being the Ha Long Ocean Park of Sun Group, the Vincom commercial centre and the five-star resort in Reu islands, both of Vingroup, and the Times Garden complex of My Way Group, among others. Ha Long has issued a resolution on turning itself into a high-quality tourism centre for 2016-2020.

According to the Department of Tourism, Quang Ninh currently has 157 accommodation establishments from one- to five-star ratings, along with 47 travel firms and nine beaches for tourists. Recently, the department has teamed up with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to organise a famtrip for travel firms and media agencies across the country to a number of potential destinations around the Ha Long Bay World Natural Heritage site.

In order to fully tap tourism potential and increase the stay duration of tourists, the province is advised to apply comprehensive measures, including reviewing the planning and management of tourism, expand market and diversify tourism products. At the same time, Quang Ninh is told to invest more in other types of tourism instead of focusing on only the Ha Long Bay, as well as in human resources for the sector. Experts suggested encouraging the involvement of the community in boosting tourism development. 

                     Yen Tu pagoda

                                   Tourists visit Yen Tu Pagoda

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