Ha Long Bay is much safer place to visit, Carmen Roberts has reported in a TV broadcast recently on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Carmen said that thanks to great efforts by local authorities, Ha Long Bay cruise services have improved remarkably with new safety equipment for tourists.

Through the BBC film, viewers can see the positive changes in Ha Long Bay since 12 people died on a tourist boat sinking in the bay a year ago.

Tourism boats are now well-equipped with rescue facilities, such as life jackets, life boats, underwater lights and hammers in case of emergencies.

In recent months, the number of foreign arrivals has increased sharply. The local Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism said Ha Long Bay, one of the new seven wonders of the world, welcomed more than 337,000 tourists in January 2012, up 14 percent compared to the same month of last year./.