|Tourists on Cô Tô Island, off the northern province of Quảng Ninh, began leaving on today, after being stuck there for two days. — VNA/VNS Photo|
QUẢNG NINH — Around 3,500 visitors began leaving Cô Tô Island, a popular tourist destination off Quảng Ninh Province, today morning after being stranded there for two days because of storm Talas.
Shipping vessels resumed operations at 6am today after weather conditions improved, said Lê Hồng Thắng, director of Quảng Ninh Inland Waterway Port. All stranded tourists are expected to be transported to the mainland by the middle of the day, he added.
From 6am Sunday, all cruise ship operations had been halted because of the impact of the storm, which hit the central region. This left more than 5,000 tourists, including 30 foreigners, stuck on the province’s islands.
Local authorities had advised tourists to stay calm, and ordered hotels and other service providers to help accommodate the stranded tourists, as well as offer discounts. — VNS