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Organising board for National Tourism Year established
Update: Thursday, October 12, 2017
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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 Viet Nam 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 Year 2018.

The National Tourism Year 2018 is expected to draw more foreign tourists to Vietnam and bolster growth of domestic tourism, fulfilling the target of Viet Nam’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 Viet Nam 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 Viet Nam. 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 Phong.

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.

Source: VNA