Halong A tour to clean up Ha Long bay Vietnam
The Ha Long bay Management Authority, several travel agents, as well as accommodation service providers launched a tour to clean up Ha Long Bay last weekend.
The tour called “Clean-up the Bays Kayak Tour” started on September 22.
The tour is in response to growing concerns by companies and their customers about the amount of rubbish that is appearing in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bays. As tourism to the area increases, so does the potential for large amounts of waste to be incorrectly disposed of.
"We know we can’t clean up both bays entirely, but we aim to set an example by working to keep clean the area that we visit on our kayak tours with the view to promoting eco-tourism in Vietnam”, said Micheal Johnston, from Handspan Adventure Travel Company.
The “Clean-up the Bays Kayak Tour” will spend one day in Ha Long Bay and one day in Bai Tu Long Bay. Staff from the companies traveled around floating fish farms and stop at islands to collect rubbish. The rubbish was weighed and stored on a support boat.
“We will compare the amount of rubbish collected with future clean-up projects to determine whether the situation is improving or not. If this tour is a success, we hope to make it a regular project with cooperation from local governments and other tour companies”, said an organiser.
A similar tour was conducted last year in Cat Ba and proved to be rather effective in encouraging local people to keep the environment clean.
The tour aims to help educate local people and service providers about the importance of keeping the bays clean.
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