Deputy Chairman of the Quang Ninh People's Committee Le Quang Tung talks about the province's plans to become an international tourism center.
What are the main goals of the Overall Plan for Tourism Development in Quang Ninh to 2020 and Vision to 2030?
Quang Ninh’s main target is to become an international tourism center and a leading tourism destination in Vietnam with modern infrastructure and diverse, high quality tourism products that can compete with elsewhere in the region and the world.
To reach the target the province will develop sustainable tourism that is professional, modern, and effective, making it a key economic sector and accounting for an increasing proportion of the province’s economic structure.
By 2020 tourist numbers are to reach 10.5 million, of which 4 million will be international visitors. Total revenue is expected to be VND30 trillion ($1.39 billion) and 62,000 jobs are to be created. By 2030 Quang Ninh targets attracting 23 million tourists, 10 million of which are to be from overseas. Total revenue is to stand at VND130 trillion ($6 billion).
Quang Ninh holds many advantages for tourism development. What steps will be taken for it to fully develop?
First, the province is developing diverse tourism products that are suitable with the local natural conditions. There are four main tourism areas, including a sea tourism area (Ha Long city, Cam Pha city, and Hoanh Bo district), a border tourism area (Mong Cai city and Hai Ha, Dam Ha, Binh Lieu and Ba Che districts), spiritual tourism (Uong Bi city and Quang Yen and Dong Trieu districts), and island tourism (Van Don city and Co To Island).
Second is the development orientation of tourism services suitable with different customer market segments. Visitors from Japan, South Korea, China and the EU are the main targets. We will also adopt key orientations for the period from now to 2020 in Ha Long and Yen Tu and in Van Don and Mong Cai in the period from 2021 to 2030.
What investment strategy will be adopted?
The focus will be on developing infrastructure in the four main tourist areas I just mentioned.
For example, in Ha Long the top investment priority is completing the international cruise ship port at Tuan Chau Beach in order to improve our ability to connect with other tourism destinations. At Bai Chay we will focus on building high-end hotels with international brands, shopping centers, and chain stores.
The province is now concentrating on completing a number of infrastructure projects, tourism facilities, and services, such as museums, Ocean Park of the SunGroup Group, a luxurious resort hotel on Reu Island invested by Vinpearl Halong Co., and Tuan Chau port.
These projects will contribute greatly to changing the face of local tourism and demonstrates that we are taking the right direction and introducing consistent policies to attract strategic investors.
Can you tell us about the measures needed for the successful implementation of the Overall Plan?
According to our calculations the plan requires huge capital, from VND68 trillion ($3.16 million) to VND136 trillion ($6.3 billion), which we expect to mobilize primarily from non-budget funds. The province is therefore trying to focus on some key measures.
The first is to attract strategic investors from both Vietnam and abroad, by simplifying administration procedures relating to tourism investment. The second is the sound implementation of the Plan for Land Use. And the third is to boost marketing promotion and branding, offering new tourist products. Finally, and most importantly, is to focus on developing tourism infrastructure.