In the developing strategy, the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province clearly defined the building of Quang Ninh to become an international tourist center, a leading national tourist center, with modern and synchronous facilities.
The goal to become a regional tourism center
Quang Ninh Tourism Department said that in recent years, international visitors from the United States, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Europe accommodating in Quang Ninh have increased. In the international tourist market to Quang Ninh, the Chinese tourist market is the strongest. The United States increased by 25%, Britain by 37%, Spain by 24%, Canada by 8.3%, South Korea by 1.5%.
Over the last decade, the number of tourists to Quang Ninh increased 4.2 times, with international visitors increasing more than 5 times. Total tourism revenue also increased 4.8 times. In particular, in 2017, there were about 9.87 million visitors to Quang Ninh, an increase of 18% compared to 2016. International visitors accounted for nearly half with 4.28 million visitors. Total revenue from visitors reached 17,885 billion VND, up 30% over the same period.
Explaining about these statistics, Mrs. Pham Ngoc Thuy, Director of Quang Ninh Tourism Department said that new investment projects have contributed to changing the appearance of urban and tourist centers of Quang Ninh, promoted tourism development in the direction of modern, professional, enhanced competitiveness, created a new impression for the tourism brand of Halong – Quang Ninh. The attracting of investment in tourism development has positively changed, contributing to improving the quality of services, effectively exploiting the key tourist centers, meeting the increasing demands of domestic and international tourists.
At present, Quang Ninh province has formed four tourist spaces with typical products including: Halong city area associated with Halong bay tourism; Mong Cai – Tra Co area in association with border tourism; Van Don – Co To district associated with island sea tourism, high quality resorts with casino; Uong Bi town – Dong Trieu town – Quang Yen town in association with cultural tourism, spiritual and community tourism, craft villages.
The reception of Chinese tourists using the passport to visit Mong Cai city has brought about effectiveness and stability. Mong Cai City together with Dongxing (China) has launched the tourism route between two countries with four destinations: Halong – Mong Cai – Dongxing – Guilin and a pilot program of self-driving cars for the Mong Cai – Dongxing route. Up to now, there are about 110 vehicles through Mong Cai border gate, including 70 Chinese vehicles and 40 Vietnamese vehicles.
Mr. Nguyen Duc Long – Chairman of Quang Ninh People’s Committee said: Determining the construction of Quang Ninh to become an international tourist center, a key national tourism center, Quang Ninh province invited the consulting unit of The United States, BCG to develop tourism master plan of Quang Ninh province to 2020, vision to 2030.
The province has issued resolutions, programs, plans to develop services, tourism with the viewpoint of tourism development and services as the focus associated with the preservation and promotion of heritage values, the natural world of Halong Bay; build the tourism – service industry, entertainment industry, culture industry based on creative industry, creating breakthrough and difference and high added value …
It is known that in 2018, Quang Ninh province was selected as the host to launch the National Tourism Year; In 2019, Quang Ninh province will continue to be selected as the venue for the ASEAN Tourism Forum.
Developing new sustainable tourism products
It is worth mentioning that, before that, tourism products mainly focused in the tourist center of Halong City, now tourism industry has increased coordination with the local areas to expand tourism space, develop more tours, increase the length of stay of visitors, reduce the overload in the tourist center.
In particular, Quang Ninh is very interested in the development of community tourism in the local area, helping people have jobs, improving the quality of life. Many community tourism products are put into operation with high efficiency including community tourism products, experience, learning the cultural characteristics of local residents in the village of Yen Duc (Dong Trieu). This is a successful community tourism model and highly regarded by tourists. The simplicity of the people and beautiful scenery of Yen Duc village has attracted many tourists to visit.
Besides, Quang Ninh also develops many new attractive tourist products such as ecotourism, Binh Lieu experience; exploring Halong by kayak, seaplane; shopping and entertainment center of Vingroup; Marina Plaza; restaurants, hotels, transport ships and luxury restaurants; Halong Park; Information clusters of Sa Vi border; tourism icon Tra Co – Binh Ngoc junction (Mong Cai city) …
Quang Ninh is striving to 2020, tourism becomes a spearhead economic sector and occupies a higher proportion in the GDP structure of the province; contributing to the implementation of three strategic breakthroughs associated with reforming the growth model, transforming the development from “brown” to “green” …
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