Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung made the suggestion at the province’s tourism development conference held in Ha Long city on March 17.
He said Quang Ninh should develop special travel products that could not be found anywhere else, increase the popularisation of its image, open overseas representative offices, and apply itself to tackling difficulties in tourism development such as manpower shortages and environmental pollution.
The conference was also a chance for other localities nationwide to learn local tourism development lessons, including making constant reforms and capitalising on local natural and cultural resources, the official noted, adding that Quang Ninh has continually been one of the best performers nationwide in attracting domestic and international visitors.
In his remarks, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Xuan Ky emphasised that Quang Ninh welcomes and pledges to provide the best possible conditions for domestic and foreign businesses to promote operations here to ensure safety and a full experience for tourists.
Over the past years, it has been working hard to switch to green and sustainable development based on the pillars of nature, humans, and culture in combination with optimising cooperation and integration trends, and new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In 2022, Quang Ninh adopted the policy of safely and flexibly adapting to and effectively controlling the COVID-19 pandemic; making use of all mechanisms to recover tourism; and recovering and developing tourism manpower. As a result, it attracted 11.6 million tourist arrivals, including 304,000 international visitors, and earned 28 trillion VND (nearly 1.2 billion USD) in tourism revenue. The sector contributed to 6% of the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) last year, Ky noted.
For 2023, the province looks to establish itself as a premier destination in Vietnam and welcome 15 million tourist arrivals, 500,000 higher than pre-pandemic period in 2019, and gain some 32.4 trillion VND in revenue, according to the Vice Chairwoman of its People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Hanh.