12:22:36 AM | 17/7/2013
Lang Son is a border province with 231.8 km border line with Guangxi – China. The province has two border gates, 7 pairs of border markets and a convenient transportation system both for rail and road connecting the province of Lang Son and other provinces in Vietnam and abroad. This land was endowed with scenic and spectacular caves including Tam Thanh, Nhi Thanh, To Thi and Mau Son Mountain, along with many historical monuments, revolution relics associated with the process of building and defending the country such as Chi Lang pass, Mac Dynasty citadel relics. These are tremendous advantages for the development of the province's tourism industry.
In recent years, the province has issued incentive policy for tourism development through the master plan for tourism development in the province during the 2010 - 2020 and vision to 2030, the directives, resolutions, and programmes on further action to boost progress. The People's Committee and Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has advised Lang Son to successfully organise cultural, sports and tourism events on the occasion of the major holidays of the country and the province, contributing to improving the spiritual and cultural life of ethnic minorities in the province, and attracted tourists to Lang Son.
The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Lang Son has actively coordinated with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and relevant agencies to join in locating mining areas at Mo Hao Quarry, Bac Son district; examining the restoration, renovation and conservation of Phat Chi mountain in Mau Son tourist area, coordinating with the Culture and Information Department of the districts and the city to field monuments proposed for ranking in 2013 located in the districts of Bac Son, Huu Lung, Binh Gia, Cao Loc, Trang Dinh , Dinh Lap and Lang Son city, researching and recommending options to rank national relics for 09 provincial and 01 monument, sending staff to participate in the checking for intangible cultural heritage of Lang Son in 2011 - 2015 according to plans by the Department; maintaining good librarians, providing materials for reading and research; printing leaflets introducing Nhi –Tam Thanh heritage.
The total number of visitors estimated at the first six months of 2013 reached nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to the same period in 2012. In which, the number of international arrivals reached 171,900, domestic arrivals reached over 1.1 million and social revenue reached VND457.2 billion. At the same time, tourism activities maintain growth, the plans to develop tourism in the area is also a focus. Tourism promotion is gradually enhanced, contributing to good promotion and exchange travel information. However, tourism promotion has not prospered over the required objectives, tourism products are poor and not diverse, accommodation does not meet customs’ demand and service quality is limited.
From the actual achievements, and existent difficulties, Lang Son tourism industry constantly endeavours to develop to quickly become a key economic sector of the province, contributing to accelerating economic restructuring, improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the economy. The development would create a strong link between socio-economic and culture sectors, associated with the preservation and promotion of traditional, cultural and ethnic identity; combining the protection of the environment, and preserving of political security and social order, to make Lang Son one of the major tourist centres of the northeast.