In Quang Binh (Source: Instagram)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The tourism department of central Quang Binh province announced on January 21 plans to woo Hollywood moviemakers.

On January 23, clips will be screened in a Hollywood cinema to introduce the natural beauty of Quang Binh to US film producers, directors, actors and media groups.

Later from January 25-27, Quang Binh representatives will attend the New York Times Travel Show in New York to popularise the world’s largest cave system Son Doong.

Following the event, Quang Binh will invite Hollywood producers, scriptwriters, directors and actors to the province for sightseeing.

It is the first time a Vietnamese province will introduce its local images to the world’s movie capital.

Quang Binh was among the three Vietnamese localities chosen for the shooting of parts of the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”.    

Scenes were shot in Trang An, Van Long and Tam Coc in the northern province of Ninh Binh; the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Rao Nan River and Yen Phu Lake in the central province of Quang Binh; and Ha Long Bay in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

Channel News Asia quoted the film’s director Jordan Vogt-Roberts as saying that Vietnam provided the “perfect aesthetic” for the film. 

 “The look of Vietnam is gorgeous and otherworldly at the same time,” he said, adding that “There’s such a raw, powerful and unspoiled beauty that general audiences hadn't experienced on screen before.”

Quang Binh 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.

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. -VNA