Amid the challenges of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, Quang Ninh’s tourism industry has quickly adapted to make an impressive recovery, with efforts to make tourism greener and more sustainable such that it can become an economic spearhead of the province.
Sustainable tourism development orientation
Tourism aligned with environmental protection
EFFORTS TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
For many years, in parallel with restoring and preserving the marine environment to develop sustainable tourism, local authorities, the business community, and every citizen in Quang Ninh have made consistent efforts to join hands and create a green environment for tourism industry activities.
Quang Ninh tourism industry has maximized the available potential of nature, culture, and people to create green tourism products, linking tourism development with preserving and promoting national cultural values and identities; sustainable management and exploitation; effective use of natural resources; environmental protection; and biodiversity conservation.
There are possible destinations for agricultural tourism, community tourism, and ecological tourism models in Binh Lieu, Hai Ha, Tien Yen, Mong Cai; Boat service cooperative taking tourists to visit fishing villages and Ky Thuong Am Vap farm area (Khe Phuong Village, Ky Thuong Commune, Ha Long City); Community tourism in Yen Duc Village (Dong Trieu Town) brings many interesting experiences to visitors. Furthermore, these community and ecological tourism models have contributed to promoting and preserving cultural values, creating jobs, and sustainably reducing poverty for localities.
For accommodation establishments, since 2019, the Department of Tourism of Quang Ninh province has developed an action programme framework on application of ASEAN Green Hotel standards and focused on promoting the application of standards in tourist accommodation business activities throughout the province.
This standard includes 11 major criteria and requirements such as environmental policy and actions for hotel operation; use of green products; collaboration with the community and local organisations; human resource development; solid waste management; energy efficiency; water efficiency and water quality; air quality management (indoor and outdoor); noise pollution control; wastewater treatment and management (water quality); and toxic and chemical substance disposal management.
Up to now, in addition to 4-star and 5-star resorts and hotels, 3-star hotels and below and motels have also applied some of this set of standards. This can be clearly seen by the fact that it is not difficult to find accommodation facilities with a " Travel Sustainable Badge" when searching for accommodation in Quang Ninh on the Booking.com platform.
In particular, over the past 10 years, Ha Long City has actively implemented the campaign “Building Ha Long – a smoke-free tourism city”. No-smoking signs in many languages such as Vietnamese, English, and Chinese are posted at convenient points for tourists in markets, shopping centres, hotels, and international passenger ports, cruise ships, and even in caves in Ha Long Bay.
After 10 years, Ha Long city implemented the project "Building Ha Long - A smoke-free tourist city". According to a survey by the City Health Department, in 2009, only 49.5% of people in the city understood and voluntarily implemented tobacco harm prevention, then in 2018 this number increased up to over 80%.
This campaign has created a good impression on domestic and international tourists coming to Ha Long. Ms. Pham Thuy (Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi) shared: "In recent years, my family has gone to Quang Ninh every year because of the beautiful landscape, many entertainment spots and very fresh sea air. What I like best is that when I go to restaurants and cafes, I don't have to look for a place that is not affected by cigarette smoke. Maybe because there are no-smoking signs everywhere, customers entering the shop are more aware."
In 2018, Ha Long City of Quang Ninh Province and Hoi An City of Quang Nam Province enjoyed being the two Vietnamese tourist cities honoured by the Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Network (SCAN).
As the country's leading place associated with border tourism products, the border city of Mong Cai has made efforts in recent years to develop a green, clean, and civilised "smokeless industry".
The Mong Cai Tourism Development Project to 2025, with an orientation to 2030, has been approved by the City People's Committee (Decision No. 2255/QD-UBND dated April 7, 2022). It defines the goal of striving to make Mong Cai a green, smart, friendly, and safe tourist city, through measures to attract strategic investors, large-scale, synchronous, and modern investment in the field of tourism and services.
Coming to Mong Cai today, domestic and foreign tourists love to explore and experience places such as Tra Co Beach, Tra Co Church, Xa Tac Temple, the Sa Vi border promotion information cluster project, Mong Cai International Border Gate, Tran Phu Walking Street, and the central market, which all impress visitors with their cleanliness, beauty, and order.
In March 2023, Mong Cai introduced to serve tourists the Nhat Vuong experiential eco-tourism product (address at Village 13, Hai Xuan Commune). The farm includes many subdivisions such as: Animal subdivision, organic orchard, team building experience subdivision, fishing, boating, practical experience of egg picking, fruit picking...