The upgrading of Ninh Binh City to the second grade creates more favourable conditions for the city to develop into a cultural-historical centre of the Red River Delta, according to Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.

Addressing a ceremony on June 28 to announce the Prime Minister’s Decision on recognizing Ninh Binh as a second-grade city under Ninh Binh province, Deputy PM Hai said the city should make good use of its natural and historical heritage to become a destination of choice for tourists, helping boost the comprehensive development of Ninh Binh province.

To be recognised as a second-grade city, the city should be a political, economic, cultural and tourist centre as well as a transport hub of a region while meeting a number of requirements such as a population of at least 800,000 for a centrally-run city and 300,000 for a provincial city, fair infrastructure and at least 80 percent of urban labourers working in non-agriculture sectors.

Ninh Binh City is the capital city of the province of the same name, which is home to such well known tourist destinations as Bai Dinh Pagoda, the newly-recognised UNESCO cultural and natural heritage site of Trang An, Cuc Phuong national park and Tam Coc-Bich Dong site.-VNA