The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang has forged links with the capital city of Hanoi with the aim of promoting its tourism to more customers.

The cooperation since 2011 has brought positive results, reflecting in an increasing number of tourists visiting the Ha Giang, said deputy director of Ha Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (DCST) Nguyen Thi Toan.

Hanoi’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has distributed information about Ha Giang on its website and publications, as well as through the network of tourist information kiosks in the capital city. The department also regularly provides Ha Giang with the latest information on the tourism market.

The two sides have joined hands to launch tours that highlight the unique features of the Northeastern region. Around 20 Hanoi-based travel firms have signed agreements with Ha Giang to bring visitors to the Dong Van Stone Plateau, which is a World Geological Park, and other destinations in the province.

They also organised exchanges to share experience in tourism management and human resources training.

Experts in the field also underscored the significance of enhancing links and mutual support between localities nationwide in order to fully exploit the advantage of each region.

Last year, Ha Giang welcomed 380,000 visitors, including 90,000 foreigners, up 15 percent on an annual basis. The number increased to 240,000 in the first six months of 2013.-VNA