The People’s Committee of the northeastern province of Quang Ninh
has established the organising board for the National Tourism Year 2018.
Accordingly, the organising board will be headed by Vice Chairwoman of the
provincial People’s Committee Vu Thi Thu Thuy.
The board has been tasked with organising activities within the framework of the
National Tourism Year – Ha Long – Quang Ninh, in line with the approved plan and
ensuring safety and efficiency, helping promote tourism of Quang Ninh in
particular and Vietnam in general.
During the National Tourism Year 2018, a number of major activities will be held
in Quang Ninh, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the National
Year, a cuisine festival, a paragliding competition, a photo contest, and a
ceremony to announce and present a certificate recognising Cua Ong temple as a
special national relic site, among others.
Besides Quang Ninh, 14 other provinces and cities, namely Hung Yen, Bac Giang,
Can Tho, Thua Thien-Hue, Lang Son, Nghe An, Ha Giang, Hai Phong, Vinh Phuc,
Thanh Hoa, Da Nang, Lao Cai, Kien Giang and Ninh Binh, will join hands to
organise cultural, sports and tourism events in response to the National Tourism
The National Tourism Year 2018 is expected to draw more foreign tourists to
Vietnam and bolster growth of domestic tourism, fulfilling the target of
Vietnam’s tourism sector in 2018 and upcoming years.
The event is also hoped to raise public awareness about tourism development in
association with protection of marine resources and promote cultural values and
tourism products of Quang Ninh province.
Under the Overall Plan for Tourism Development in Quang Ninh to 2020 and Vision
to 2030, Quang Ninh strives to become an international tourism centre and a
leading tourism destination in Vietnam with modern infrastructure and diverse,
high quality and competitive tourism products.
By 2020, Quang Ninh aims to welcome 15-16 million tourists, including 7 million
foreigners, and rake in 30-40 trillion VND (1.3-1.7 billion USD) in revenue. The
tourism sector is expected to contribute 14-15 percent to the gross regional
domestic product (GRDP).
In 2016, Quang Ninh welcomes 8.3 million tourist arrivals, a year-on-year
increase of 7 percent, and earned over 13 trillion VND (571 million USD) in
revenue, up 23 percent, according to the Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.
Particularly, the world natural heritage site of Ha Long Bay welcomed 6.3
million tourists and grossed 7.7 trillion VND (over 338 million USD) in revenue,
representing respective increases of 14 percent and 65 percent from the previous
year. Of the visitors, about 2.7 million were foreigners, a year-on-year growth
of 16 percent.
Being favoured by nature with a range of stunning landscapes, clear turquoise
sea and spectacular limestone pillars together with numerous tourism investment
projects, Quang Ninh boasts huge potential to develop sustainable green tourism.
Quang Ninh has a coastline of more than 250 kilometres and over 2,000 islets
which account for two-thirds of the total number in Vietnam. The spectacular
stretch of coast connects the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site of Ha Long
Bay with majestic natural scenery, Bai Tu Long Bay, Van Don and Co To islands
and Tra Co beach with Cat Ba National Park in the northern port city of Hai
Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba island and Do Son beach (Hai Phong city) are prioritised to
develop into national tourism sites.
Along with the renowned Ha Long Bay, Quan Lan, Minh Chau, Ngoc Vung, Dai beaches
in Van Don island district and Tra Co and Vinh Thuc in Mong Cai city have grown
in stature among domestic and international tourists thanks to their
breathtaking sea and coral reef.