international seminar on Ha Long Bay will be held in Ha
Long City in Quang Ninh province on July 24.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)
held a press conference in Hanoi on July 17 to announce
the event, which aims to seek out measures to preserve
and promote the values of the World Heritage Site to
develop tourism in a sustainable manner.
VNAT General Director Nguyen Van Tuan said ever since it
was recognized as a world natural heritage 18 years ago,
Ha Long Bay has become one of the country’s most visited
The bay was also recently voted as one of the seven new
wonders of the world, he added.
Tuan said the VNAT and Quang Ninh are working together
on advertising campaigns and a series of promotions to
spotlight Ha Long Bay and make it one of the leading
tourist destinations on earth.
According to the organizing board, the seminar will
focus on defining the important role of Ha Long Bay and
its position in the country’s tourist industry as well
as current development trends, opportunities and
They will also put forward proposals to ensure the site
is preserved for future generations and examine existing
To date, the organizing board has received 20 reports
from regional and international academics, researchers
and business managers.
In 2011, Ha Long Bay welcomed over 5.5 million tourists,
half of them from overseas.