Some 300 experts and representatives from eight localities, international organisations and tourism agencies gathered at a conference on tourism promotion in northern Quang Ninh province on June 15.

The localities include Ho Chi Minh City and the seven northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Hung Yen and Lang Son.

The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the People’s Committees of Quang Ninh province and Ho Chi Minh City.

Director of the Quang Ninh Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ha Quang Long attached importance to the role of travel agencies in an effective cooperation.

He suggested the Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Department work closely with travel agencies to develop demand-driven services and tours between the city and northern localities.

Representatives from Hai Phong province highlighted the need for localities to design a specific plan for developing product chains to fully tap their respective potentials while avoiding overlaps.

The Association of Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City highlighted the central role of Quang Ninh in the linkage, saying it should be the the bridge connecting the city with the vicinity.

During the event, five cooperation agreements were signed by the eight localities to develop tourism products, conduct promotion campaigns, improve human resources, call for investment and strengthen the management of tourism.

Quang Ninh has diverse landscapes and culture, such as the highlight Ha Long Bay, which has been declared by UNESCO as a natural World Heritage Site for its remarkable beauty and geology.

Together with the neighbouring Bai Tu Long Bay, they form a tourism complex with thousands of islands, considered the most valuable biological and geographical assets of the country and the world.

The province is also home to the Yen Tu relic site with more than 600 relic sites and landscapes, which have been shaped along with the nation’s history.

Quang Ninh attracts around 7 million visitors a year. Five million are domestic visitors but only 7 percent come from Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA