Tourism development, coupled with environmental protection and sustainable development, is defined as one of the important strategic orientations of Ninh Binh province. By 2025, the province will strive to welcome 8 million tourists and rake in total revenue of at least VND8,000 billion to make tourism a key economic sector.
Ninh Binh province has set a goal to make tourism a key economic sector by 2030, creating a driving force for local socioeconomic development
Lying at the southernmost tip of the Red River Delta, about 90km south of Hanoi, and on the boundary of three geographical regions - the Northwest, the Red River Delta and the Northern Central region, Ninh Binh province has much potential for tourism development, featuring by many famous landscapes, scenic spots and historical and cultural relics. The province is recognized as one of 16 key tourist areas in the country and a tourist center of the northern coastal region.
In addition, the rich flora and fauna help Ninh Binh form many famously scenic tourist sites such as Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve. The province also has 1,821 historical and cultural relics, including three special national monuments, 81 national relics and 279 provincial sites. According to its tourism development approach, Ninh Binh province will focus on developing eco-tourism and historical and cultural tourism centered on Hoa Lu former royal capital and Bai Dinh spiritual tourism site. In addition, the locality will introduce new types of tourism such as weekend amusement, river discovery, convalescence, MICE and village sightseeing.
In recent years, with the leadership and direction of the Provincial Party Committee, the Provincial People’s Council and Provincial People's Committee, the tourism sector of Ninh Binh has achieved robust development steps. Tourism authorities have effectively administered tourism activities; invested and upgraded tourism infrastructure; attracted more visitors; increased tourism revenue and expanded the tourism workforce. As a result, tourism has contributed significantly to the province's GRDP structure and helped raise the share of the service sector in GRDP and support other industries to grow with it.
In the first six months of 2023, the province received 4.5 million visitors, 2.5 times higher than the same period in 2022. Of the sum, domestic and international tourists respectively accounted for 4.3 million and 220,000. The tourism revenue was estimated at VND3,750 billion. In 2023, Ninh Binh was expected to welcome 5.35 million visitors, including 5 million domestic tourists and 350,000 international visitors, and obtain revenue of VND5,150 billion.
Mr. Bui Van Manh, Director of Ninh Binh Department of Tourism, said that the province targeted to make tourism a key economic sector by 2030 to create a driving force for socioeconomic development and turn Ninh Binh into a "Safe - friendly - quality - attractive" destination. By 2045, Ninh Binh will become a major tourist center, classified among Top 10 tourist destinations in the country and Southeast Asia, and tourism will really be a key economic sector that will contribute some 10% to GRDP.
In the coming time, the province's tourism industry will strengthen the leadership of Party and authorities at all levels of tourism development, plan green and sustainable tourism development; invest tourism infrastructure development; and develop tourism products and services imbued with historical and cultural values. The province will professionally step up tourism promotion, advertisement and branding for tourist destinations linked to the images, historical and cultural values of former Hoa Lu Royal Capital and Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex World Cultural and Natural Heritage. At the same time, it will develop and improve the quality of tourism human resources to meet development requirements.
“Therefore, the province will gradually develop tourism into a key economic sector to produce strong ripple effects on other sectors, accelerate economic restructuring and play a greater role in employment generation and poverty reduction to help Ninh Binh develop quickly and sustainably," he stated.
By Hoai Nam, Vietnam Business Forum