The Party Committee of the northern Ninh Binh Province has passed a resolution to develop tourism in 2010-20 that seeks to make it a key industry and Ninh Binh one of the country’s major tourist destinations.
A view of Tam Coc - Bich Dong, a popular tourist destination in Ninh Binh Province
Tran Huu Binh, a committee member and vice chairman of the province People’s Committee, told Sai Gon Giai Phong that the resolution is essential at a time when the province’s tourism sector is growing rapidly.
It spells out policies and measures on planning, infrastructure, and developing tourism products, he said.
It also focuses on management, market development, promotion, and heightening public awareness of tourism development, he said.
Ninh Binh is endowed with abundant and diverse tourism resources, Mr. Binh added.
He was referring to its limestone mountain ranges with ancient caves, other unique ecosystems, and cultural and historical relics.
Many of the province’s tourist spots are popular among both domestic and foreign visitors -- such as the ancient Vietnamese capital of Hoa Lu, Tam Coc-Bich Dong limestone karst, Cuc Phuong national park, Trang An grotto complex, Phat Diem stone cathedral, and Van Long submerged natural preservation zone.
Ninh Binh is rich in historical and cultural heritage. It is home to many traditional rural festivals imbued with the quintessence of wet-rice civilizations like Hoa Binh and Dong Son.
The province also offers craft villages, bathing treatments, and weekend leisure tourism involving fishing and golf.
It received 1.9 million visitors last year and 1.2 million in the first six months this year, 43.6 percent higher year on year, and earned revenues of over VND114 billion (US$6.3 million) from tourism.