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Quang Ninh gears up for National Tourism Year 2018
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Quang Ninh gears up for National Tourism Year 2018

Tourist boats are seen in Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province - PHOTO: PHAM VU

As many as 100 events are planned for the National Tourism Year 2018 in the northern province of Quang Ninh and other parts of the country this year, the Government news website quotes a source from the provincial authority.

One of the highlights of the National Tourism Year 2018 is the opening ceremony and the Carnaval Ha Long 2018, a signature cultural and tourism product of Halong City, scheduled to take place on April 28 at Sun World Halong Park.

Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of the event is slated for January 2019 in combination with the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 and the Ha Long - FLC 2019 open golf tournament.

Pham Ngoc Thuy, director of the provincial tourism department, was quoted by local media as saying that the province is striving to promote tangible and intangible cultural heritages and unique tourism products to make a breakthrough for the province’s tourism sector this year.

The province is pinning high hopes to attract 15 to 16 million tourists, including seven million international tourist arrivals, and fetch VND30 to 40 trillion in tourism revenue by 2020, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

Earlier, Halong City, which is home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, took the 56th position among the world’s 100 leading cities in terms of international tourist arrivals, according to the annual Top City Destinations Ranking report released in November last year at the World Travel Market event in London.

Meanwhile, the World-Heritage site Halong Bay claimed the 43rd place among the world’s top 50 natural wonders voted by readers of the U.S. news site CNN thanks to its beauty of karst formations that have been carved by sea winds, sunshine and time into eye-catching shapes, according to online newspaper Vnexpress.

Halong Bay is also famous for its 2,000 magnificent limestone islands and numerous caves and grottos. The wonderful bay was twice recognized by UNESCO as a natural world heritage site in 1994 and 2000, and also named one of the Seven Natural Wonders by the New7Wonders Foundation in 2011.

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