This year has again seen foreign investment providing much needed aid for the area of Halong Bay. This beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site and recent inclusion as one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, has grown in popularity in recent years. 2013 has seen that popularity realized in hard dollars.
The Spanish Government has just announced that it will be providing €400,000 in non refundable aid to assist Vietnam with raising the capacity of its tourism industry between now and 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity for the country to develop into a true competitor in the field of Asian travel. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by the Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Fernando Curcio Ruigomez and the Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism Mr. Ho Anh Tuan.
In line with the work already being done, the project is designed to oversee the development of sustainable growth, with the initial focus on improving the management capacity within local tourism. It is stressed that whilst persevering and developing traditional cultures and values, the project will seek to diversify the range of products that are available to the tourist. In his speech at the signing ceremony Mr. Ruigomez expressed hope that that Spanish experts would assist Vietnam in putting in place, new International standards. This would he said, help to improve competitiveness and develop social responsibility in the tourism industry.
Japanese company Chodai have also expressed an interest in building bio-toilets throughout the Halong Bay area. The project that has the backing of the Vice-Chairman of QNPPC, Mr. Dang Huy Hau. The project will significantly improve sanitation and the environment of the whole Halong Bay area and will be welcomed by anyone seeking to book a Vietnam holiday in the region.
In addition, the recent news that The Dutch company Life Resorts have announced the first private luxury cruise fleet is seen as further evidence of the success of the area and another major boost. Life Heritage Resort Halong Bay cut the ribbon on its impressive fleet of 22 luxury junks. The 13 meter long crafts have fully furnished 32 square meter cabins decorated in tradition Vietnam style. With panoramic views, en-suite bathrooms and upper sun decks, they are bound to provide a tremendous boost in the area as people wanting a more up market Vietnam vacation take up these desirable reservations. The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by the Director of the Dept. of Culture, Sports and tourism, the Director of the Dept, of Transportation, the director of Tuan Chuan Group, the CEO of IBUS and representatives from the Embassy of The Netherlands.
As Vietnam strives to join the elite of world travel destinations, further investment from abroad is to be expected and welcomed. This is all a tremendous boost to Vietnam travel agencies, tour specialists and the general public.