Quang Ninh

Van Don strives to receive over 720,000 tourists in 2014

An estimated 344,000 tourists visited Van Don district, the northern province of Quang Ninh in the first four months of this year, fulfilling 47 percent of the year’s target and a year-on-year rise of 36 percent.

Currently, the district has 104 tourism businesses with 1,284 rooms, far higher than the 2013 figures. Average room occupancy reached 38 percent. It has 54 boats with 33 wood boats and 21 high-speed boats, providing transport services for tourists to islands.

Van Don strives to reach 723,000 tourist arrivals in 2014, in which foreign national arrivals are expected to be 15,000. Turnover from tourism is expected to reach VND390 billion and social revenue from tourism is expected to rise 1.5 fold over the previous year.

The district is attempting to develop tourism as a spear-head economic industry in the near future.

Ha Long Bay cited among world’s top destinations

Ha Long Bay deemed a World Heritage site in 1994 in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been cited as one of the top eight most beautiful landscapes in the world by mymodernmet.com.

“The breathtaking bay is filled with a dense cluster of over 1,600 limestone monolithic islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, which gently rise out of the ocean. Among these islands you can find hidden lagoons, beautiful beaches, countless caves and unique grottoes of all shapes and sizes, places just waiting to be explored.” the site reports.

Previously, US magazine, Business Insider released a list of “100 trips you must take in your lifetime” and Vietnam’s beautiful Ha Long Bay was included in the list.

The bay has also been cited as a vision of outstanding beauty and one of the world’s top ten Valentine’s Day getaways by US-based National Geographic magazine.

Rounding out the list of eight most beautiful landscapes in the world are Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Abraham Lake in Alberta, Canada, Lake Hillier- the Pink Lake in Australia, Lake Baikal in Russia, Wuhua Hai - Five-Flower Lake in China, Caño Cristales - River of Five Colors in Colombia, and Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina