Halong Bay Vietnam launches campaign to lure more Chinese tourists
Halong Bay, Vietnam’s northern province of Quang Ninh, home to World Heritage site Halong Bay Vietnam, has launched a campaign to attract more Chinese tourists.
The directors of 11 tourism departments from southern China, representatives of travel agencies and tourism service companies from both China and Vietnam to Halong Bay have been invited to discuss mutual measures that can be taken to increase the number of tours to the World Heritage site by land and sea.
The province is also preparing to organize a major international tourism promotion conference in December to highlight Halong Bay and tours by sea (Halong tours). At the moment, one ship arrives daily from southern China carrying some 700 passengers to the bay.
Since Halong Bay was recently nominated in a global online competition to be named as one of seven natural wonders of the world, Quang Ninh has greeted increasing numbers of tourists. More and more foreign cruise ships are coming to the bay.
According to the Quang Ninh Tourism Department, nearly 2.2 million foreign and local tourists traveled to the province, mainly to Halong Bay Vietnam, in the first half of this year, up 32 percent against the same period last year. Of the tourists, 767,500 are from other countries, mostly China, South Korea and France.