A corner of Phong Nha - Ke Bang cave in Quang Binh (Source: VNA)

Quang Binh (VNA) - The central province of Quang Binh hopes to welcome 4.3 million visitors in 2019, about 250,000-300,000 of them foreigners, and earn some 5 trillion VND (more than 214 million USD) from tourism.

In 2018, the locality reaped significant achievements in tourism development. It greeted more than 3.9 million visitors, a year-on-year rise of 18.2 percent.

Notably, the number of foreign arrivals to the locality exceeded 200,000, up 53 percent compared to 2017.

The tourism sector raked in nearly 4.5 trillion VND (more than 192 million USD) in revenue in the year, 20 percent higher than that of the previous year.

The results were attributed to efforts by local authorities to tap local advantages for tourism, focusing on diversifying products.

Many tours were opened to serve increasing demand of visitors, especially eco-tours, community tours and tours of Quang Binh’s popular destinations.

Travel agencies operating in the locality have also paid attention to developing infrastructure facilities.

Quang Binh is home to about 350 tourist accommodation facilities, including one 5-star hotel, five 4-star hotels and eight 3-star hotels. About 40 travel companies are operating in the locality, including 14 international ones.

Local authorities have also worked hard on national, regional and international tourism promotion, while enhancing connection with other localities in this field.

Quang Binh boasts rich tourism resources and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Phong Nha -Ke Bang National Park and the world’s largest cave Son Doong.

The province also has the longest coastline in Vietnam, with beautiful beaches and delicious seafood. It was chosen as one of the filming destinations of the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Kong: Skull Island”. -VNA