ADVANCING TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN BINH LIEU DISTRICT, QUANG NINH PROVINCE

Tourism has become an important source of income in many countries. Tourism not only creates jobs, generates income but is also an effective tool that facilitates the service chains and goods consumption to leverage economic and social development. In addition, tourism could positively support the development, such as boosting creative ideas and new, smart businesses, creating new services and improving infrastructure development and transportation. In addition, tourism also helps to improve access to information, promote cultural exchanges, education, sustain and preserve the local cultural values.

Binh Lieu district is a remote mountainous district of Quang Ninh province. Binh Lieu is well known for its spectacular mountainous landscapes and majestic features of a border region. In addition to these natural values, there are traditional cultures of the Dao, Tay and San Chi ethnic groups with their unique lifestyle and customs. The nature and culture values make Binh Lieu district a land of tourism potentials that could be used to attract tourists and travellers. Therefore, having a proper development plan and adaptive practices would ensure the district’s advantages in using its tourism potential as an effective development tool to boost local economy and sustain livelihoods, especially for ethnic minority communities.

Recognizing these unique potentials, the Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) in collaboration with administrative apparatus of Binh Lieu district to formulate a tourism development plan to advance the tourism potential into practices. The plan would not only help tourism development, but to support poverty reduction, socio-economic improvement and gender equity. The tourism plan, with a vision to 2030 will help transform the district’s economic and services structure, thus creating more jobs, increasing incomes and awareness of the local community, and more importantly, helping the district achieve sustainable development goals.

Picture 1: The “Dinosaur Spine”/“Dinosaur Backbone” at Hoanh Mo commune (Photo: Dung Bui/CCD)

Picture 2: A grand view at Khe Moi hamlet, Dong Van commune (Photo: Vi Bui/CCD)

Picture 3: A Dao woman is embroiding a traditional costume (Photo: Vi Bui/CCD)

Picture 4: A San Chi ethnic woman at local market (Photo: Dung Bui/CCD)

Picture 5: A traditional collate of the Tay ethnic minority (Photo: Vi Bui/CCD)

Picture 6: The planning team at the Cao Ba Lanh summit (Photo: Vi Bui/CCD)

Picture 7: Assoc. Prof./PhD Pham Hong Long sharing tourism development ideas at Binh Lieu District People’s Committee (Photo: Vi Bui/CCD)

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