Anticipating an increase in tourists next year, Vietnam authorities aim to further develop the central coastal province of Quang Binh to boost its tourism sector.
4.3 million tourists are expected to arrive in the city next year, including 250,000 foreigners, and the Department of Tourism has identified several places that would need continued development and improvement.
These include Thien Duong, Phong Nha and Tien Son caves, Nuoc Mooc spring, the botanical gardens, and Chay River - Toi cave.
The government will also push to develop marine, resort, ecological and adventure offerings in the area. In addition, the province will continue to introduce new tourism products, including festival tours and MICE tourism, as well as promote its strengths in spiritual, cultural, history and community-based tourism.
This year, Quang Binh has received over 3.9 million visitors - including 200,000 foreign tourists, a 53.8% increase. The tourism sector generated nearly 4.5 trillion VND (US$192 million) in revenue this year, up 20.3%.
Dang Dong Ha, deputy director of the provincial Department of Tourism, said developing tourism must be associated with the protection and preservation of the ecological environment. Quang Binh is home to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and the world's largest cave Son Doong.
It also boasts the longest coastline in Vietnam, and was one of the filming destinations for the Hollywood film "Kong: Skull Island".