Quang Ninh looks to optimise maritime economic potential hinh anh 1A view of Van Don industrial park in Quang Ninh (Photo: VNA)
Quang Ninh (VNA) – Located on the northern coast with advantages in location and natural resources, Quang Ninh is striving to tap its full potential in maritime economic development.

As part of efforts to implement Resolution 09-NQ/TW on Vietnam’s Sea and Island Strategy until 2020, Quang Ninh has applied measures to boost its sea-based economy in line with ensuring national security and defence.

In recent years, the province has focused on infrastructure building to boost maritime economic development, especially tourism and aquaculture.

Currently, all Quang Ninh’s seaports have been upgraded to strengthen their capacity in providing services and connecting the mainland and islands in the region.

Some seaports in the locality are being expanded to national and regional scale, including Hai Ha, Cai Lan and Cua Ong.

Quang Ninh has also mobilised resources for the comprehensive development of infrastructure in coastal economic zones and industrial parks (IPs), including the Van Don EZ and Hai Ha, Dam Nha Mac, Viet Hung and Hai Yen IPs, attracting more investment.

Investment promotion activities have been used to call for investment in major projects, including Van Don airport, Van Tien bridge, major seaports and roads, as well as other projects in entertainment, resorts, aquaculture and fishing.

The province has built four concentrated IPs with a total area of more than 911 hectares, along with nine district-level industrial clusters spanning from Dong Trieu, Uong Bi, Yen Hung to Hai Ha and Mong Cai, with a combined area of 215 hectares. Three of the industrial clusters have leased 80 percent of their lands.

Meanwhile, the province aims to welcome 8-10 million visitors in 2020 to earn 5-6 trillion VND.

In the first 10 months of 2016, the province saw a five percent rise in the number of visitors with 7.3 million total arrivals. The number of foreign tourists reached 2.81 million.

Quang Ninh has four major tourist hubs. The Uong Bi-Dong Trieu-Quang Yen area is home to many spiritual and cultural sites, while Ha Long Bay is famous as a centre for sight-seeing, culture, shopping and entertainment.

The Van Don-Co To area offers spiritual, sea and island and entertainment tourism, and the Mong Cai area is strong in sea tourism and shopping.

 According to the provincial Department of Tourism, Quang Ninh currently has 157 accommodation establishments rated from one- to five-stars, along with 47 travel firms and nine beaches for tourists.

Recently, the provincial Department of Tourism teamed up with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to organise a fam trip for travel firms and media agencies across the country to various destinations around Ha Long Bay.

A number of local firms, including Hoang Gia, Tuan Chau, Van Don and Mong Cai, have offered new tourism products.

Realising Party and State policies on encouraging and supporting maritime economic development, Quang Ninh has created optimal conditions for businesses and individuals to access capital for boosting economic growth.

So far, many projects have proved their effectiveness, contributing to the local maritime economic expansion and increasing income for locals in coastal localities.-VNA