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Last updated: Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Promoting Linkage for Northeastern Tourism Development

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017


Though considered a rich system of tourism resources for its nature, culture, history and humanity; Northeast Vietnam has failed to develop its tourism on par with its potential. Therefore, a linkage among the localities to make tourism a key economic sector of the region is essential in the current period.

Rich tourism resource system
The Northeast includes the provinces of Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Bac Giang, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. This place is a majestic natural complex with diverse ecosystems. In particular, the most prominent feature is Ha Long Bay, which has been recognised by UNESCO as one of the world's natural wonders.

In addition, steep terrain, clear gradation from the abyss, valleys, waterfalls to the limestone karst system, which were formed hundreds of millions of years ago, creating a gorgeous watercolour painting attracts tourists. Among the provinces, four are bordered by China, which is a major inbound market, has given momentum to the tourism industry.

In addition, the Northeast has nearly 30 ethnic minorities with long-standing customs, traditions, festivals, and beliefs that have been handed down from generation to generation, creating an extremely rich culture. Along with the revolutionary relics associated with Uncle Ho and the Communist Party during the war lay a good foundation to further promote the tourism industry.

In 2016, Quang Ninh recveived 8.3 million visitors, including 3.5 million international arrivals, up 7 per cent against 2015. The number of visitors to Lang Son reached 2.5 million, up 1.2 per cent; Ha Giang 850,000, up 11.9 per cent against 2015.

According to Pham Le Thao, Deputy Director of VNAT's Travel Department, with the available advantages, together with the attention of the local authorities, the tourism of the Northeast region has recorded significant progress. The local tourism industry has implemented many investment activities, developed tourism products, improved hospitality workers. However, compared with the potential of the localities such as Quang Ninh, Hai Phong and Ninh Binh, the development and contribution of tourism have not met the expectations and plans.

Local linkage needs a boost
Mr Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of the Institute for Tourism Development Research (ITDR), highlighted that based on the advantages of local tourism resources, the authorities of the Northeast should have orientations and solutions to manage and develop their own tourism development. The provinces should focus on developing tourism products, based on the prominent values of tourism resources, to create significant tourism product features to attract visitors. This will help develop tourism intensively, in the direction of improving quality and professionalism to ensure tourism products and enhance branding and competitiveness.

To develop the tourism industry in the Northeastern region, it must be based on the distribution of tourism spots and resources to form specific tourism routes to meet the need of tourists, such as cultural experience, adventure, and historical and spiritual tourism. It is also necessary to build linkage among the provinces with different strengths, characteristics of nature, culture and historical values. The linkage varies from locality to locality for the goals of promoting the value of tourism resources and building the typical tourism products to better serve tourists.

Moreover, the linkage will help to better advertise local tourism, present a better image of people to tourists as well as to train human resources on a larger scale.
Deputy Director of Quang Ninh Tourism Department Le Minh Tan said that in order to serve the 2018 National Tourism Year, Quang Ninh plans to put into operation the Van Don Airport in December 2017. Besides, Quang Ninh and other provinces in the Northeast such as Hai Phong and Ninh Binh have been working intensively for mutual development.

With the determination and high consensus among tourism managers and local leaders, the tourism industry of the Northeast in 2018 promises to meet the expectations of local governments.

Giang Tu








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