Halong Bay with its magnificent limestone formations will form the backdrop of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in coming January 2019.
Halong City, the capital of the surrounding Quang Ninh province, is all set to welcome some 1500 international delegates during the week-long event. This includes ministerial officials to its formal meetings, as well as supplying exhibitors across ASEAN, hosted buyers & media from around the world (representing a total of 500 people)
, and other travel industry professionals to the TRAVEX trade show. Official ministerial meetings will mainly be held at the FLC Ha Long Bay Resort while the 3-day TRAVEX travel trade exhibition from 16 to 18 January 2019 will take place at the Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center (QNEPEC). The 21,000 sqm state-of-the-art venue modelled after a local pearl, has been the selected venue of choice for significant cultural, social, and economic forums in the city and can now add the ATF name to its list.
Expressed Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, H.E. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, “The people of Quang Ninh province are ready to welcome delegates and guests. We are honoured to host ATF and we invite all visitors to experience the natural beauty and warmth of our people. We are ready to embrace all ASEAN states to drive connectivity and sustainable tourism to Vietnam and the region as one.”
In anticipation of ATF 2019, the city has undergone extensive developments to enhance connectivity to Halong city. A new highway connecting capital Hanoi with the province, will cut transport time down to 1.5 hours from 4 hours.
Halong City is already one of the top tourism destinations in Vietnam. It is the capital of Quang Ninh province and the gateway to world-renowned Halong Bay. It has a total population of almost 225,000 inhabitants and has seen tremendous transformation over the last decade with new infrastructure including high-rise hotels and residences.
A mix of northern old world charm alongside new world developments, delegates can experience both vibrant street life and modern pleasures in Halong. The bay is home to 1,969 stone islands and grottoes that tell stories of earth’s evolution. With rich tropical marine eco-systems, the alluring emerald waters and illusion of changing shapes and hues at different times of the day guarantee unique experiences with every visit.