The Hanoitimes - Quang Ninh province received 6.6 million visitors in the first five months of 2018, an increase of 26% from the same period last year, according to Quang Ninh province Department of Tourism.
The number of foreign visitors arriving in Quang Ninh province in the first five months of 2018 was estimated at 2.17 million, up 12 year-on-year. The total income from tourism revenue is estimated at VND11 trillion (US$484 million), up 32% from last year.
In May, Quang Ninh hosted a series of tourism activities as part of the National Tourism Year 2018 – Ha Long – Quang Ninh, including Miss Ha Long 2018, art programme “Hello Ha Long 2018” and the cultural, sports and tourism week in Co To island.
Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province.
A number of cultural and entertainment events also took place in Quan Lan and Minh Chau Islands alongside a cross-country cycling tour from Sa Vi Cape in Mong Cai, Quang Ninh to the southernmost province of Ca Mau, a street festival and a tennis tournament in Mong Cai.
The province has stepped up communications campaigns to promote the National Tourism Year 2018 in Ha Long with themed “Ha Long – Heritage, Wonder, Friendly Destination”, Quang Ninh and taken actions to improve services of local travel agencies and tour guides.
Earlier, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province has launched a press contest on local tourism as part of activities to promote National Tourism Year 2018. The competition is themed the smile of Ha Long, which is also the name of a local campaign that began in November 2014 aiming to turn each resident into an ambassador of hospitality.
Submissions must be articles published on printed or online newspapers between January 1 and October 31, 2018, focusing on real-life events and people that reflect the charm of local tourism.
This year, Quang Ninh expects to welcome 12 million visitors, including five million foreigners to earn VND22 trillion (US$968 million) in revenue. In 2017, the province received a total of 9.87 million travellers, including 4.28 million international holidaymakers.