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Quang Ninh’s sustainable growth strategy gains momentum

By Dang Huy

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HCMC – The northern province of Quang Ninh has achieved remarkable socio-economic progress through its efforts in promoting sustainable development, particularly in the tourism sector.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, Quang Ninh attracted an impressive 8.8 million tourists between January and June, up a staggering 61% against the same period last year.

The provincial government has actively transitioned from the “brown” model of resource over-exploitation to a “green” model that focuses on low emissions and sustainable development.

To attract more visitors, local authorities have approved 38 new tourism products and introduced 27 additional tourist attractions across the province’s cities and districts, as stated by Pham Hong Bien, spokesperson of the Quang Ninh People’s Committee.

In Halong City, for example, various recreational activities have been launched, including yacht street exploration, Bai Tho Mountain expeditions, and musical shows in Halong Bay.

The provincial government has planned a series of events to further attract tourists by the end of this year, notably including the ceremony commemorating the province’s 60th anniversary and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Quang Ninh has also made significant effort to enhance its infrastructure, particularly its strategic transportation networks such as motorways, expressways, air routes, and sea routes.

Nguyen Xuan Ky, secretary of Quang Ninh Province’s Party Committee, attributed the thriving growth of Quang Ninh’s tourism sector to well-developed transportation systems and significant investment inflows. Notable international-standard tourist attractions in the province, such as Tuan Chau Golf Resort, Legacy Yen Tu – MGallery, and Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh, exemplify this progress.

Projects like the Van Don International Airport, the Halong-Cam Pha sea route, and the Van Don-Mong Cai Expressway are part of the high-quality infrastructure constructions that stimulate local socio-economic development.

The successful inaugural flight connecting Quang Ninh Province and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta was conducted on April 25. The route is expected to bring around 12 million passengers from the Mekong Delta region to the province’s tourist attractions, with a frequency of three flights per week, according to Trinh Xuan Thanh, deputy director of the Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.

Meanwhile, Hon Gai International Port continues to receive numerous cruises and host thousands of international tourists from Europe and Asia who come to visit the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site Halong Bay.

This year, the Quang Ninh tourism industry is projected to generate revenue of VND32.4 trillion, with an estimated 15 million visitors. These figures exceed the data recorded in 2019 by 500,000 arrivals.

By 2030, Quang Ninh aims to become a national tourist center and a must-visit destination for domestic and international vacationers.

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