On 24th July 2012, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) and the Quang Ninh People’s Committee held an int'l conference on “preserving and developing the values of Ha Long Bay world natural heritage - new vision” in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province.
At the seminar, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh, said that Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage, offers beautiful scenery and attracts millions of tourists, bringing back in trillions of VND per year to the province.
However, Halong bay is facing major challenges in its course of development, Anh said, suggesting that Quang Ninh province should focus on the quality and efficiency of tourism and take responsibility for preserving and promoting the values of this precious natural attraction.
Tran Minh Chinh, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said Quang Ninh is integrating the development of Halong Bay tourism with its plan to boost sustainable economic growth and environmental protection.
The provincial and national strategies for tourism development until 2020, with a vision towards 2030, define Halong Bay as a key tourism destination that will attract great numbers of both domestic and foreign tourists, he added.
Chinh also stressed that the province aims to develope a tourism trademark, explore for new sightseeing sites, promote environmental protection and raise public awareness of preserving Halong Bay.
Katherine Muller-Matin, UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam, emphasized the State and the private sector should join efforts to protect and ads Halong Bay on a national and international scale.
According to reports from Quang Ninh province, Halong Bay receives an average of 2.5 million tourists each year, including one million foreigners.In several recent years, Halong Bay and the surrounding areas have recently attracted over 40 foreign investment projects with total capital of more than US$1 billion.