Quang Ninh, a northern province of Vietnam, hopes to welcome 12 million visitors this year as the host of the country’s National Tourism Year 2018.
Director of the provincial Department of Tourism Pham Ngoc Thuy told VietNamNet that the department hopes five million of the visitors will be foreign tourists and that it will bring in $968 million in revenue.
International tourism destination
Around 50 activities will take place throughout the year to promote the region as an international tourism destination. The theme of the events will be “Ha Long – Heritage, Wonder, Friendly Destination”.
Highlights of the programme include the opening ceremony, Carnaval Ha Long 2018, the Asia Beach Volleyball Tournament, Ha Long International Marathon 2018 and the Ha Long – Japan investment promotion conference.
The Hoanh Bo district will host a range of activities including a national parachute contest, a King Le Thai Tho’s Temple festival, a festival of the Dao people and a Spring flower festival.
The programme will close in January 2019 with an event linked to the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 and the Ha Long – FLC 2019 open golf tournament.
New ecotourism projects
The National Tourism Year 2018 is set to coincide with the opening of several infrastructure projects including the Van Don international airport and two new expressways. The region will also start work on new ecotourism complexes this year.
Ha Long is the home of Typhoon Water Park, one of the most modern parks in South East Asia, which opened in mid-2017. It is part of the Sun World Halong Complex, a leisure facility that incorporates amusement parks and hotels.
In 2017, the province was visited by 9.87 million tourists, including 4.28 million foreigners, an increase of 18% and 23% year on year.
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