Ninh (VNA) – The organisation of the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue
on Sustainable Tourism in Ha Long city is an excellent opportunity for Vietnam in general and Quang Ninh province in particular, to seek and deepen relations
with APEC member economies and other important foreign partners.
of the northeast province’s People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long made the remark at the
opening ceremony of the dialogue on June 19.
from APEC member economies to Quang Ninh – a land of potential and a
destination for tourists around the world.
Ninh has a special geopolitical and economical position with the world natural
heritage site of Ha Long Bay as well as more than 600 natural landscapes and
historical relic sites.
In the process of development, Quang Ninh has to develop the mining industry and at the same time protect the environment, especially at the Ha Long Bay, Long said.
obtain sustainable development, Quang Ninh has implemented breakthrough
strategies such infrastructure improvement, institutional reform, and human
resources training in addition to changing growth models and restructuring the
economy, he said.
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 Vietnam with
modern infrastructure and diverse, high quality and competitive tourism
2020, Quang Ninh aims to welcome 15-16 million tourists, including seven
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).
2016, Quang Ninh welcomes 8.3 million tourist arrivals, a year-on-year increase
of seven percent, and earned over 13 trillion VND (571 million USD) in revenue,
up 23 percent, according to the Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.
Ha Long 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. About 2.7 million of the visitors were
foreigners, a year-on-year growth of 16 percent. -VNA