A corner of Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh province (Source: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The northern port province of Quang Ninh has made quality and efficiency of services the main theme of 2019 towards the target of becoming a service and tourism centre of the region in 2020.

To that end, the locality is stepping up administrative reform and other measures to improve the business and investment environment, thus maintaining its rankings in the national Provincial Competitiveness Index and Public Administrative Reform Index.

At the same time, Quang Ninh is actively implementing the smart city project to meet the demand of visitors and investors.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Doc stressed that Quang Ninh will carefully select investment projects, with priority given to those using less land area and fewer labourers, but creating high value products and contributing much to the budget. The province is firm in withdrawing licences of projects with slow progress and law violations.

The province is synchronously implementing measures and projects to boost tourism development till 2020 with a vision to 2030, in which it strives to continuously create high-quality tourism products and services meeting international standards, diversify markets, and improve the capacity of human resources working in this field.

Quang Ninh has tightened management over tourism activities on Ha Long Bay, and at Cua Ong temple and Yen Tu relic site.

Last year, the province welcomed over 12 million tourist arrivals, of whom more than 40 percent are foreigners. Total revenue from tourism rose by 28.1 percent year-on-year, and the proportion of the sector’s contribution to the local budget increased to 9 percent, 1.4 percent higher than that of 2017.

The locality served 200,000 tourists during the four-day New Year holiday of 2019, including 135,000 foreigners, up 30 percent and 25 percent year-on-year, respectively.

Quang Ninh is also preparing to host the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 (ATF 2019 from January 14-18. The event’s main activities include the ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meetings, ASEAN Tourism Conference, Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) and tours discovering UNESCO-recognised world natural heritage Ha Long Bay and neighbouring destinations. Around 1,900 international delegates are expected to attend the event.-VNA