One of Quang Ninh’s solutions to improving provincial tourism in
the last month was to promote an environmental clean-up campaign so as to
provide tourists with a better impression of the province.
Drastic and synchronous solutions
Many tourists to Quang Ninh used to be bothered by hawkers, beggars, and
touts clinging around them or being overcharged at local restaurants.
Although local authorities applied measures to eliminate these issues, their
efforts seemed not strong enough, and therefore, provincial tourism was
Quang Ninh Province’s People’s Committee has actively directed, inspected, and
handled these issues and also violations in tourism operation at some tourist
sites including Bai Chay, Hoang Gia International Park, Youth Beach, and Bai
Chay Tourist Boat Port.
Last month for example, Ha Long Bay Management Board, Quang Ninh’s Department of
Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Quang Ninh Province’s People’s Committee
coordinated to handle 16 violations by seafood business, 10 street sellers, and
five restaurants violating urban regulations; and organized 48 local tourism
inspections within Bai Chay Ward.
Quang Ninh’s Market Surveillance Department has announced four hotlines
including 033.3822232 (Division of Investigation and Profession), 033.3825416
(Market Surveillance Team 5 in charge of controlling tourism activities in Ha
Long City), 033.3827189 (Market Surveillance Team 1, in charge of controlling
tourism activities on Ha Long Bay), and 033.3629567 (Market Surveillance Team 14
in charge of detecting and seizing fake goods).
According to Quang Ninh’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 3.7
million tourists came to visit Quang Ninh over the past four months, including
more than one million international tourists, accounting for 49 percent of the
province’s annual plan and an increase of 17 percent over the same period of
last year. Only in April, 759 500 visitors came to Quang Ninh. Quang Ninh’s
total revenue from tourism activities in the first four months hit VND1.74
trillion. During Ha Long Carnival and holidays of April 30 and May 1, about
15,000 visitors came to Ha Long every day.
Despite an increase in tourist number during holidays, local authorities managed
to control tourism activities across the city and bay of Ha Long including
recreation centers, motels, and hotels, helping tourists fully enjoy their
Tran Thi Ngoc, a tourist from Hanoi, said “I was impressed by the marine tourism
environment being cleaner than four years ago when I was there. Also, I was not
bothered by street sellers and touts; and I wasn’t overcharged at restaurants.”
Mrs. Marita, an Australian tourist, said “Ha Long Bay really deserves its world
heritage title, as one of the new natural wonders of the world. I have been
visiting fishing villages on the bay, exploring and experiencing the simple life
here. It’s great. We’ve experienced enthusiastic and friendly staff.”
In the coming time, Quang Ninh Province’s People’s Committee will continue to
work with relevant agencies to check and handle violations in tourism businesses
in the province and raise local people awareness over the need for conservation
of Ha Long, and more civilized behavior.