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Criteria for recognition as national tourism zone being met by northern mountainous province.
The Hoa Binh tourism zone in northern mountainous Hoa Binh province will have basically met the criteria to become a national tourism zone by 2020 according to plan to develop the province into a national tourism zone by 2030, which was recently approved by the Prime Minister.
Hoa Binh tourism zone is expected to become the largest tourism zone in Hoa Binh province and one of 12 key national tourism zones in northern mountainous areas, with special tourism products including experiencing the culture of the ethnic Muong minority and sightseeing around Hoa Binh Lake.
The zone straddles four districts: Da Bac, Cao Phong, Tan Lac, and Mai Chau. The core area, excluding water areas and focused on developing tourism, is 1,200 ha. The zone is expected to welcome 630,000 visitors, including 30,000 international visitors, by 2020.
By 2030 it will welcome around 1.6 million visitors, of which 90,000 are international visitors. Total revenue from tourism by 2020 is to be VND200 billion ($8.9 million) and VND1.8 trillion ($80.6 million) by 2030.
The province will concentrate on domestic visitors from Hanoi and cities and provinces in the Red River Delta, especially weekend holidaymakers.
Internationally, its priority is traditional markets for Vietnam such as France, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. It will then bolster promotions to attract tourists from other western European countries, the US, and Southeast Asia.
Tourism products include sightseeing on the lake, experiencing the history and culture of local ethnic minorities, and visiting the Hoa Binh hydropower plant. The province also grows agricultural products and local specialties such as Tan Lac jackfruit, Cao Phong oranges, Mai Chau sweet potatoes, and rice and bamboo.
The tourism zone is estimated to have 800 rooms by 2030, including 160 in hotels. Homestays in villages are being prioritized. Luxury hotels and resorts are also planned in Ngoi Hoa commune, Tan Lac district. Culinary tourism, including traditional dishes of local ethnic minorities, will not only be found in high-class restaurants but also at food markets and street eateries.
The gross regional domestic product (GRDP) of Hoa Binh province records the slowest growth among cities and provinces nearby Hanoi, ranking 38th out of the country’s 63 cities and provinces. Its GRDP ranks 40th out of 63 cities and provinces, and it is ranked eleventh in the number of poor households.
In the 2016-2020 period Hoa Binh targets to record economic growth of 8.5 to 9 per cent. The capital needed for socioeconomic development is equal to 35 per cent of its GRDP. By 2020 average annual incomes will be from VND60 million ($2,689) to VND65 million ($2,913). The province is also trying to improve its business environment and ranking in the provincial competitive index (PCI) from 46th out of 63 cities and provinces in 2015 to between 30th and 40th by 2020.