Nearly 1,000 visitors explored Phong Nha and Tien Son caves located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which was recognised by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage Site, in central Quang Binh province, on January 1, 2015.

The number, with one third being foreigners, tripled the figure recorded on January 1, 2014, despite the fact that tourism is in the low season.

With more than 116km of coastline and numerous natural attractions, including a complex of over 300 caves, Quang Binh has seen a strong development in tourism, the locality’s driving force for economic development.

During the first seven months of this year, the province welcomed over 2.4 million tourists; almost double that of the same period last year.

Recently, the Vietnam Records Organisation listed four tourism sites in Quang Binh amongst the top 50 must-see travel destinations in Vietnam, including Phong Nha Cave, Ngang Pass, Nhat Le Beach and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

With the opening of Son Doong Cave in 2013, Quang Binh was instantly catapulted onto the bucket lists of travellers all over the world.

The New York Times named Quang Binh as one of the most attractive destinations in Asia and ranked it eighth out of the world’s 52 must-see sites for 2014, while US magazine Business Insider included Son Doong Cave in its list of the 12 most impressive caves.-VNA