Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The northern province of Quảng Ninh is considering reducing bus fares from Vân Đồn International Airport to Hạ Long’s city centre and entrance tickets to popular attractions like Hạ Long Bay and Yên Tử for tourists arriving by air.
Nguyễn Đức Long, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the move was aimed at attracting more tourists to the northern province on flights to Vân Đồn International Airport, which was expected to open at the end of next month.
The current price for entry to Hạ Long Bay is from VNĐ200,000 (US$8.7), depending on specific tours, and the ticket for Yên Tử is VNĐ40,000 per adult.
Vân Đồn International Airport has been hailed as a driver for growth in Quảng Ninh Province, so authorities are focusing on policies to encourage carriers to open flights to and from the airport.
Domestic carriers Vietnam Airlines and VietJet both plan to operate flights from the airport.
Vietnam Airlines plans to firstly offer daily flights between Vân Đồn and HCM City, while VietJet said that Quảng Ninh Province held potential market and the low-cost carrier always wanted to expand its operations.
Vân Đồn, developed by the Sun Group, is the first privately-invested airport in Việt Nam. The airport is designed to receive 2.5 million passengers per year in 2020 and five million by 2030.
Vân Đồn International Airport is part of the province’s push to improve infrastructure in recent years, besides the development of the Hà Nội-Hải Phòng-Hạ Long-Vân Đồn-Móng Cái expressways to promote socio-economic development, especially tourism.
The province expects to received 12 million tourists this year, up 24 per cent, together with tourism revenue of VNĐ23 trillion (US$1 billion). — VNS