Lao Cai (VNA) –
A conference was held in the
northern mountainous city of Lao Cai on July 13 to boost tourism cooperation
between Lao Cai province and Ninh Binh province, also in the north.

Ninety companies were in attendance and questions were
asked on how to spur tourism development in the two localities, especially as
regards incentives to attract tourists and help with the recovery of the tourism
sector post-COVID-19.

Specialties and tourism products in the two provinces
were also introduced.

Pham Duy Phong, Director of Ninh Binh’s tourism
promotion information centre, said its tourism sector was hit hard by the
pandemic and will adopt solutions to recover and attract holiday-makers, adding
that more than 40 businesses have registered to reduce their prices.

The conference was also a chance to promote Ninh Binh
and its tourism and people among other provinces in the north.

Ninh Binh is home to the Trang An Landscape Complex,
which was recognised by UNESCO as a mixed cultural and natural heritage – the
first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The complex was also used as a location
for the movie ‘Kong: Skull Island’, one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters
of 2017.

Other popular destinations in Ninh Binh include Bai
Dinh Pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park, the Tam Coc – Bich Dong cave system, and
the former royal citadel Hoa Lu. 

Host of the 2020 National Tourism Year, Ninh Binh
plans to welcome some 7.8 million tourists this year, including approximately a
million foreigners.

It welcomed 7.6 million visitors in 2019, a
year-on-year increase of 3 percent. They included 970,000 foreign holidaymakers,
up 10.7 percent, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

Lao Cai, meanwhile, is known for its picturesque
mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and rich ethnic minority culture.

It aims to attract 2.5 million tourists this year. Numbers
in the first five months were down 73.2 percent to 666,000 because of COVID-19.

Both were named in a list of the 14 most attractive
destinations in Asia by the US’s Trips to Discover./.