HANOI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province, home to
World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay, is launching a campaign to lure more Chinese
tourists, according to local newspaper Vietnam News on Monday.
The province has invited directors of 11 tourism departments from southern
China, representatives of travel agencies and tourism service companies from
both China and Vietnam to Ha Long Bay to discuss cooperative measures to promote
tours to the World Heritage site by land and sea.
A major international tourism promotion conference will be held in December
to highlight Ha Long Bay and tours by sea. Now, one ship arrives daily from
southern China carrying some 700 passengers to the bay.
Since Ha Long Bay has been recently nominated in a global online
competition to be named a natural wonder of the world, Quang Ninh has welcomed
increasing numbers of tourists. More and more foreign cruise ships are coming to
According to the Quang Ninh Tourism Department, nearly 2.2 million foreign
and local tourists traveled to the province, mainly to Ha Long Bay, in the first
half of this year, up 32 percent against the same period last year. Of the
tourists, 767,500 are from other countries and regions, mostly China, South
Korea and France.