Visitors at Tan Thanh pagoda, a spiritual tourism destination in Lang Son province (Photo: baodulich.net.vn)
 
Lang Son (VNA) – The northern border province of Lang Son hopes to receive more than 2.9 million tourists this year, including 435,000 foreigners, bringing in some 1 trillion VND (43.11 million USD), according to local authorities.

To realise the target, the province will focus on ecotourism, resort tourism and cultural and spiritual tourism, head of the province’s steering committee on tourism development Duong Xuan Huyen has said.

Lang Son has worked to encourage local people’s engagement in tourism development and participation in building the province as a friendly destination.

Along with improving quality and diversifying services in current attractions, the province also eyes new tourism projects, notably at Dong Dang railway station in Cao Loc district and another to develop farming and animal husbandry in combination with ecotourism in Chi Lang district.

In addition, Lang Son’s tourism authorities have bolstered exchanges with their counterparts of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to enhance tourism cooperation in the Vietnam-China border area.

The sector has also worked with Guangxi’s Department of Culture and Tourism to organise courses to improve quality tourism and language proficiency for tour guides.

In the future, the province will run more local cultural and tourism events, as well as trade promotion activities, including a programme on northern provinces’ heritage sites, along with the Chi Lang custard-apple and Bac Son tangerine festivals.

Statistics of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism show Lang Son welcomed more than 1.03 million visitors in the first three months of 2019, up 10.4 percent year-on-year and hitting 35.3 percent of the year’s plan. Of the figure, there were 122,600 foreign visitors.

Earnings from tourism services reached 320 billion VND (13.79 million USD) in the period, up 4.9 percent compared to the same time last year.-VNA