Ha Long Bay ranks second in the world’s natural wonders voting

Ha Long Bay was voted second place in 28 selected landscapes in the campaign voting for the world’s seven new natural wonders.

The campaign has been launched by NewOpenWorld on its website

Ha Long Bay is currently attracting both domestic and international visitors through land and maritime route. Bei Hai – Ha Long in particular, is considered a golden maritime tourist route for both China and Vietnam, especially in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Over the past eight months, the tourism sector in the province has surpassed set targets for 2010 with more than 5.3 million tourists arriving and an estimated turnover of VND2.3 trillion.

Da Lat, Nha Trang link up for tourism

The charms of the world-famous beach destination Nha Trang and quaint mountain town Dalat could get linked under a plan being hatched by tourism authorities in the two places.

Starting a tour themed “Len rung xuong bien” (jungle and sea) was one of the options officials from Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong Provinces considered at a tourism conference in Da Lat Monday where they also signed a cooperation agreement.

They discussed measures to generally link the two localities by combining promotions, providing specialized training for human resources, and assisting travel agencies.

The agreement will facilitate both destinations to showcase their specialties and handicrafts.

The two provinces will make films and have advertising campaigns to promote their tourism, and organize cultural and sporting events to attract tourists.

They urged tourism companies, hotels, and resorts in both places to cooperate with each other to promote tours to both Nha Trang and Da Lat.

Last year Lam Dong welcomed 1.6 million visitors, including 260,000 from overseas, while Nha Trang received 1.61 million people, including 280,000 foreign tourists.

Hanoi listed in Asia’s top ten holiday destinations

The capital of Hanoi and the central ancient city of Hoi An are listed in the 2010 top ten attractive travel destinations in Asia.

Smart Travel Asia Magazine, a leading online travel magazine in the region, announced this in a publication.

These cities meets the criteria of selection, including the best holiday location, best purchasing and city business, and the best hotels, restaurants and airline firms.

This is a rare published endorsement for the capital to attract more foreign visitors for the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi, said the Vietnam General Department of Tourism.

Several Vietnamese spas and hotels were also ranked by the online publication as Asia’s top travel addresses in this annual selection.



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