Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested the northeastern province of Quang Ninh devise a strategy to develop tourism as its spearhead economic sector.
During a working session with provincial leaders in Quang Ninh on May 24, the PM lauded the province for drastically and effectively following the Party and State's guidelines on COVID-19 prevention and control though the province has a long borderline and hosts a large number of foreigners.
|PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends a ceremony to inaugurate a road in Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province. Photo: VGP.
The province was also hailed for making breakthroughs in urban development, reaching over 65 percent, and becoming the first locality nationwide to set up a public administrative service centre.
PM Phuc expressed his impression on its tourism reboot following the COVID-19 as well as infrastructure development with a number of major works, especially expressways under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
On the occasion, he asked Quang Ninh to continue taking the vanguard in becoming a development hub not only in the northeastern region but also in the whole northern region, contributing to the country's socio-economic development.
About specific moves, the PM proposed that the province should pay attention to developing businesses, continuing with modern urban development and new-style rural building, as well as human resources training from school to university levels to meet demand for socio-economic development.
He noted that the province should thoroughly prepare for the Congress of the provincial Party Organisation, towards the 13th National Party Congress, in combination with the Party building work.
As one of the top five contributors to the State budget, Quang Ninh achieved a gross regional development product (GRDP) growth rate of nearly 11 percent from 2016-2019. The average income per capita topped US$6,100 in 2019, doubling the country’s average.
With tourism gradually becoming a spearhead economic sector, local hotels and resorts of three stars and above now offer 7,500 rooms, up 68 percent from 2015. The province served 14 million visitors last year, 5.75 million of them were foreigners.
Recently, Quang Ninh launched a tourism stimulus package worth 200 billion VND to revive domestic tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled.