VGP - The BBC Television reported that thanks to great efforts by local authorities, Hạ Long Bay cruise services have improved remarkably with safety equipment for tourists.
In the film footage, BBC's Carmen Roberts reported that it has been almost a year since 12 people died on a tourist boat sinking in HạLong Bay, which was recently voted as one of the world’s seven new natural wonders in 2011. The accident has prompted a complete safety overhaul.
Âu Cơ cruise in Hạ Long bay - Illustration photo
The BBC film footage focused on some cruise service providers, such as Bahya, Âu Cơ and Emeraude, to see whether they meet safety standards or not. Âu Cơ is among those meeting international safety standards in the Gulf of Tonkin.
It also touched upon Z189 shipyard in the northern port city of Hải Phòng. As the shipyard meets international shipbuilding standards, it is providing cruises for Âu Cơ under the strict management of Vietnamese and French experts.
In recent months, the number of foreign arrivals has increased sharply. The local department for culture, sports and tourism said Hạ Long Bay welcomed more than 337,000 tourists in January 2012, up 14% against the same month of last year.
Visitors to Ha Long Bay enjoyed free entrance ticket from January 23 to February 5./.