Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is where a collection of 3,050 carved woodblocks are kept (Photo: bacgiang.gov.vn)

Bac Giang (VNA) – The northern province of Bac Giang is striving to receive over 1 million visitors by the end of this year, according to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Minh Ha.

Diversifying tourism products, enhancing tourism services and building the safe and hospitable environment are part of measures to flesh out the locality’s target, Ha noted.

Together with pushing the popularisation of three tourism products: cultural-spiritual, historical-cultural and eco-resort tourism, the province will branch out resort tourism coupled with community-based and craft village tourism.

Bac Giang will also develop Tay Yen Tu as a tourism brand and draw plan to organise Tay Yen Tu Festival.

The “Ve nguon” (Bach to the Roots) tourism package will be set up by connecting places where the Yen Te uprising took place, ATK II (safe zone II) and police zone 12 relic site.

Meanwhile, local potential for tourism development will be nudged closer to domestic and international investors through conferences, fairs and exhibitions. The province will shape policy to facilitate businesses landing tourism investment in the locality.

It will join hands with Quang Ninh and Hai Duong provinces to connect tours from Tay Yen Tu to Dong Yen Tu and Con Son-Kiep Bac while encouraging local people to buy local tours.

In addition, enhancing capacity and efficiency in tourism management, examination of tourism business and promoting professional training of tour guides are also given top priority.

Bac Giang is currently home to more than 2,230 relics, including 680 recognised ones, for example, Vinh Nghiem pagoda is where a collection of 3,050 carved woodblocks recognised by the UNESCO as a world documentary heritage are kept. There is also Nuoc Vang-Luc Nam spring, Khe Ro-Son Dong natural preservation area and Dong Cao Plateau.

Since 2011, the province has spent thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong to build infrastructure in tourist areas.

It is now home to 316 lodging facilities with 4,500 rooms.

Last year, the province welcomed 525,000 visitors and earned 500 billion VND (21.9 million USD) from tourism services.-VNA