a press briefing in Ha Long city, Mr Pham Hong Ha -
Chairman of Ha Long city people's committee, also head
of the management board of Ha Long Bay - said the
conclusion of the meeting between the Committee and
related agencies, Quang Ninh provincial People's
Committee demanded an end on dining activities in the
caves October 2016.
Halong bay, however, Quang Ninh Provincial
People's Committee also assigned Ha Long city to
coordinate with the departments concerned to advise and
propose to develop new tourism products, but to ensure
the safety, security, environmental sanitation and
compliance with regulations and laws.
According to Ha, from 2005, the Quang Ninh authorities
have assigned Halong Bay tourism service company to
organize dinner service and art activities in Trong cave
only. However, recently, at other caves and grottoes
such as Ho Dong Tien, Tien Ong, Grass cave, Virgin caves
continue to organize this type of service.
Therefore, Quang Ninh Provincial People's Committee
decided to completely terminate dining service in the
caves of Halong Bay to preserve intact the natural
values of the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay,
minimize activities likely to have negative impact to
the landscape and environment of Ha Long Bay, promoting
the values of the world natural heritage Ha Long Bay.
Quang Ninh Provincial People's Committee requires Ha
Long city authorities to notify individuals and
organizations to cease cave dining before the end of
September 2016. For the Ha Long Bay tourism service
company, to stop dining operations at Trong cave before
As reported before, the dining service in the cave by
Halong Tourism Service company has caused a sensation in
the public, as it is not only harming the heritage but
also making the picture of Halong bay ugly as a famous
Agreeing with the prohibition of party in caves of Ha
Long bay, especially in the core area, but some travel
companies suggested that research is needed to develop
this product in a certain area , with the extremely
strict regulations, to provide catering services in
Halong bay became a "specialty" of international
standard only in Ha Long.
Representative from an international travel company said
dining service of small scale in some caves or beaches
in the buffer zone of Ha Long Bay has always attracted
travelers, especially international visitors, and not
all tourists can enjoy this service, only travelers
doing long trip on the bay are allowed. This is a
special advantage of Ha Long Bay.