The northern province of Ninh Binh is striving to become one of the tourism hubs of Vietnam by 2020 and to turn tourism into a spearhead industry of the local economy by 2030.
This is the goal of the province’s master plan on tourism development until 2025, with a vision to 2030.
Ninh Binh looks to attract 1 million foreign arrivals and 7 million domestic visitors by 2020, 1.5 million and 9 million by 2025, and 2.1 million and 11.2 million by 2030. Meanwhile, tourism revenue is expected at over VND4.2 trillion (US$179.7 million), VND11.8 trillion (US$504.8 million), and VND27 trillion (US$1.15 billion), respectively.
Under the plan, the province will turn Ninh Binh city into the main tourism centre while Tam Diep city and townships in Hoa Lu, Gia Vien, Nho Quan, Yen Mo, Yen Khanh and Kim Son districts will be developed into supporting centres.
The Trang An Landscape Complex and the Kenh Ga – Van Trinh national tourist area will continue to be improved to deserve their national status. Six provincial tourist areas and more places of interests will also be formed in the coming years.
To realise this plan, Ninh Binh is set to ask for the Government and relevant ministries’ permission to apply some special preferential policies to attract investment to tourism.VNA
Provincial authorities also called on the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to further include local tourism information in promotion programmes for Vietnamese tourism and support Ninh Binh in training human resources, expanding markets and products, and protecting the environment.
Ninh Binh province is an increasingly favourite destination of tourists from across Vietnam and other countries. It is home to many renowned landscapes, historical relics, traditional craft villages, and various specialities.
Notably, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site of both natural and cultural importance.
According to the provincial Department of Tourism, Ninh Binh welcomed more than 7 million visitors and earned over VND2.5 trillion (US$107 million) from this industry in 2017, respectively rising by 9.5% and 43% year on year.
In the last eight months, over 6 million vacationers chose Ninh Binh as their destination, helping the province gain VND2.3 trillion (US$98.4 million) in tourism revenue, up 5% and 18.8% from the same period last year, respectively.