Quang Ninh Province –home to UNESCO listed Halong Bay, is strengthening its promotional efforts with a series of spring festivals, which aims to attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists, as a part of the activities to start National Tourism Year 2018.
Along with the spring festivals, many other festivals will be held in 14 cities, districts, and towns of Quang Ninh Province, such as Tran Quoc Nghien Temple (Duc Ong Temple) Festival; Yen Tu Festival, Yen Tu Cherry – Yellow Apricot Blossom Festival and Quang Ninh’s Northeastern Ethnic minority Culture and Sports Week.Under the theme of “Halong-Heritage, Wonder, Friendly Destination”, the event is scheduled to include 50 cultural, sporting and tourism events.
In addition, Quang Ninh province is looking at launching new products for niche markets. That includes religion and spiritual cultural tourism, trade border tourism and community eco-tourism, alongside traditional sea and island tourism products.
The highlight of 2018 National Tourism Year will be the official launching of the Visit Year Halong – Quang Ninh and the 2018 Halong Carnival, which is scheduled to be held on April 28, at Halong Park in Halong City. Closing programme for this exceptional year will be held in January 2019 in combination with the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 and the Halong FLC 2019 open golf tournament.
According to Thuy, the province’s master plan on tourism development designed for two phases – 2020 and 2030- sets the target of turning Quang Ninh into an international tourism centre and into a nation’s leading tourism centre. By 2020, Quang Ninh aims to welcome 15-16 million tourists, including seven million foreign travellers, who would generate US$1.3-1.7 billion in revenues. The tourism sector is expected to contribute 14-15% to the gross regional domestic product (GRDP), and generate jobs for about 130,000 people.
Deputy Director of the local Department of Transport Bui Hong Minh stated that the locality has mobilised resources on building transport infrastructure in a synchronous and sustainable manner, including the Halong – Haiphong highway which is expected to cut travel time from Ha Long to Hanoi from over 3 hours to 1.5 hours by car, the Van Don International Airport, and the Halong-Van Don highway.
It is also stepping up preparations to invest in the Halong-Mong Cai highway to connect with China’s Guangxi province and ASEAN countries, and speeding up the construction of the Ha Long International Seaport to facilitate operations of five-star cruises.
The head of the local Tourism Department stressed that Quang Ninh is focusing on developing four main tourist zones, namely Ha Long with the centre being Ha Long Bay, Mong Cai-Tra Co with border tourism, Van Don-Co To with island and resort tourism, and Uong Bi-Dong Trieu-Quang Yen with the Yen Tu cultural and spiritual tourism site as the main attraction.
Thanks to its clear investment policies, Quang Ninh has attracted a lot of strategic investors in luxury service tourism projects, thus helping change the face of the province and its tourism sector.
To date, some projects have been already finished and open to the public. This includes Vincom Halong Shopping Mall, Marina Plaza amusement park, Sun World Halong Park, and the five-star Vinpearl Halong Bay Resort, Wyndham as well as Hoang Gia (Royal) Hotels.