Quang Ninh welcomes back largest foreign tourist group in post-COVID period

VOV.VN - The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on November 15 received a group of 650 travelers from Sarawak State in Malaysia, marking the largest foreign delegation to visit the locality after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During their four-day stay, the tourists are scheduled to tour Ha Long Bay which is a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site, explore traditional food, and go shopping.

Yap Oi Leng, director of Malaysia’s Energy Travel agency, said the company chose Quang Ninh for the tour as the locality boasts many beautiful and renowned sightseeing spots with modern infrastructure.

During the 17th East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF) organised in Quang Ninh on October 25, leaders of Quang Ninh and Sarawak held a working session to promote tourism connection and strengthen cultural exchanges.

Earlier, Quang Ninh received 150 Korean tourists from Jeju for a three day tour following the EATOF gathering.

Nguyen Van Son, general director of Thang Loi International Travel Company, said the company has received plenty of bookings from the Malaysian, Indonesian, and Singaporean markets for 2023. The most popular time looks set to be in January next year when around 1,000 foreign visitors abroad five charter flights are due to arrive in Vietnam, with Quang Ninh selected as one of their destinations.

So far, Quang Ninh has welcomed over 10 million arrivals, most of them domestic holidaymakers.