The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) on Oct. 11 launched a new campaign in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City to vote for Ha Long Bay as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

At the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ho Anh Tuan said that the voting has now entered the final period. He called on organisations or individuals to vote for Ha Long Bay through the website , telephone, SMS or social networking site Facebook.

Tran Nhat Hoang, Director of the Centre for Culture, Sports and Tourism Promotion under the MoCST’s International Cooperation Department said that the number of votes through mobile text messages has so far reached more than 800,000.

Hoang said that with 120 million Vietnamese mobile phone subscribers, Vietnam can collect a great number of votes if only each of them sends a voting text message.

Launched since 2007, the voting for New 7 Wonders of the World was first conducted only on the Internet and then expanded to telephone, SMS and Facebook. By now, 28 out of 440 nominations worldwide have been chosen for the final round, including Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay.

A ceremony to announce the world’s new 7 natural wonders is scheduled to be held on Oct. 11./.