The number of tourist arrivals to the northern province of Ninh Binh hit 6.3 million in the first nine months of this year, up 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

Of the total visitors, 647,000 were foreign holidaymakers while domestic visitors accounted for 5.7 million, representing an increase of 1.4 percent and 5.7 percent against the same period of 2017, respectively, according to the latest statistics released by the provincial Tourism Department.

The province’s tourism sector earned 2.4 trillion VND (102 million USD) in total revenue in the reviewed period, a year-on-year increase of 18.9 percent.

The achievements are attributed to the provincial tourism sector’s efforts to strengthen management of tourism, promote tourism activities at home and abroad, diversify tourist products, upgrade infrastructure, improve foreign language skills for its staff, and perfect service quality.

In the remaining months of the year, the tourism sector has set to welcome more 950,000 visitors, and earn 400 billion VND in turnover (17 million USD).

Ninh Binh has been listed as one of the 50 best spots to visit in 2018 by US travel site Insider.

The province is striving to become one of the tourism hubs of Vietnam by 2020 and to turn tourism into a spearhead industry of the local economy by 2030. This is the goal of the province’s master plan on tourism development until 2025, with a vision to 2030.

Ninh Binh looks to attract 1 million foreign arrivals and 7 million domestic visitors by 2020, 1.5 million and 9 million by 2025, and 2.1 million and 11.2 million by 2030. Meanwhile, tourism revenue is expected at over 4.2 trillion VND (179.7 million USD), 11.8 trillion VND (504.8 million USD), and 27 trillion VND (1.15 billion USD), respectively.

The province welcomed more than 7 million visitors and earned over 2.5 trillion VND (107 million USD) from this industry in 2017, respectively rising by 9.5 percent and 43 percent year on year.