A view of Ha Long Bay, the most popular tourist attraction in Quang Ninh, from above. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The number of tourists visiting the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh in the first nine months of this year is estimated to top 10 million, an increase of 25 percent over the same period last year, according to the local Department of Tourism.

Of this, foreign tourists account for over 3.6 million, rising 19 percent, the office further said, adding it plans to welcome a total of 12 million visitors this year on the back of its hosting of the National Tourism Year 2018 with more than 50 cultural, sport and tourist events held throughout the province.

So far this year, the tourism sector of the province, home to the UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay, bagged 17.5 trillion VND (about 833 million USD), marking an increase of 30 percent over the same period last year and making up 80 percent of this year’s plan.

To improve the quality of the service, Quang Ninh authorities have been prioritizing investment to the development of infrastructure. Currently, the province houses the Van Don International Airport, the Hai Phong – Ha Long and Ha Long – Van Don expressways which facilitate the expansion of tourism space.

Besides, many other major projects related to tourism in the province continue to enjoy investment, including those in Mong Cai, Van Don, Co To, Quang Yen, Uong Bi, Dong Trieu, etc. In Van Don alone, investors have so far this year started a chain of “super projects” related to tourism with a combined value of 2.7 billion USD.

The tourism operation in the province is said to be maintained, while the state management over the business strengthened and reformed unceasingly. The business environment is moving in a positive direction to ensure its healthiness and effectiveness. All these factors are helping attract major investors to the province.-VNA