Quang Ninh aims to serve 10 million domestic tourists in 2021 hinh anh 1A corner of the world natural wonder Ha Long Bay (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) - Over 1.1 million domestic holiday-makers visited the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh in November 2020, doubling the figure reported in the previous month.

The locality raked in nearly 1.7 trillion VND (73.2 million USD) from tourism activities in the month, and 15 trillion VND (over 646.7 million USD) in the last 11 months.

According to Doan Manh Linh from the provincial Department of Tourism, thanks to its tourism promotion policies and the organization of cultural, sport and tourism events across the locality, Quang Ninh has attracted a large number of domestic tourists in recent months, especially on the weekends.

Hotels in the Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape reached 90 percent of their capacity, while about 3,000 - 5,000 tourists visiting Ha Long Bay per day in November, Linh said.

Total visitors to the province this year are estimated at 8.8 million, down 37 percent from 2019. Of the figure, over 536,000 are foreigners, a 90.7 percent decrease year on year.

The locality set a goal to serve 3 million domestic visitors in the last three months of 2020, and about 10 million in 2021, Linh said.

The tourism sector is expected to be a spearhead economic sector and a key contributor to the locality’s gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth amid difficulties posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

To that end, many tourism promotion and connection programmes have been organised, especially in localities with great demand such as Ho Chi Minh City, the south-east, south-west and central-Central Highlands regions.

It has also given heed to developing new and high-quality products, particularly those bearing local culture and heritage values.

Quang Ninh is also calling for investors with strong financial capacity and brand names  to invest in developing strategic tourism infrastructure and luxury and sustainable tourism projects in coastal areas such as Van Don  - Co To, Hai Ha, Mong Cai and Tra Co, and the world natural wonder Ha Long Bay./.