Hanoi, Vietnam -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/26/2013 -- Halong Bay the beautiful and award winning paradise in the north east of Vietnam just keeps on picking up awards. Inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 it was also declared a special biosphere. Then last year a global poll saw in voted into the list of the “Seven Wonders of Nature” Now CNN have voted it into its list of 5 top Five Tropical Islands Paradises. It is further proof of the increase in popularity of the bay and the efforts by local travel companies to ensure that it remains in pristine condition.
Many tour companies run cruise holidays within the bay, but they have worked hard in recent years to drive out the unscrupulous operators who were guilty of breaching safety regulations and waste disposal infringements. They have cleaned up their act and as a result are getting award after award.
This is a major boost for tourism in the area and already operators are hearing people mentioning the award when booking their annual holiday in Vietnam. Mr Tran Truong, CEO of leading tour comapny Asia Tour Advisor, said at the weekend, “ This is a fantastic achievement and credit is due to everyone for their care and attention to this very special place. We are having conversations everyday from American tourists mentioning the award. The cruise companies are already feeling the benefit of this accolade.”
Halong Bay is in fine company here as well. Also making the list are: the Amambas Islands in Indonesia, Koh Chang in Thailand, Langkawi in Malaysia and the Similan Islands also in Thailand. All are extremely special places of interest and areas of outstanding natural beauty. It is only fair that they receive these awards, which generally mean a boost to tourism and the local economies.
Halon Bay is an extraordinary place, millions of years old and featuring almost 2000 limestone karsts, steep sided islands, set in a glorious 600 square miles of pristine seas. The island make for interesting stops offs for the tour boats. Some have picturesque caves or waterfalls and the ethnic villages provide quite a draw for holiday makers as well. The local economies survives on a mixture of fishing, fish farming and tourism, so any boost tends to make a significant difference.
The relatively close proximity to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, means that any boost to tourism in the bay, boosts the number of visitors to the city at the same time. Hanoi, having had a tough time recently with the flooding, will be hoping to cash in when the high season starts shortly.
Mr. Tran again, “We are hopeful that the next season will be an excellent one for the whole region. The devastating floods have hit some of the communities hard, and any boost to tourism will be very much welcomed.”
It looks for certain that they will not be disappointed as record booking figures are being announced by all travel companies.
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