Quang Binh to open new pedestrian zone to boost tourism

 Quang Binh to open new pedestrian zone to boost tourism

Son River in Quang Binh Province, central Vietnam. Photo by Shutterstock/Dany Tran.

Quang Binh Province, dubbed Vietnam's "Kingdom of Caves", will open a pedestrian zone in its capital Dong Hoi Town on Friday.

The one-kilometer pedestrian zone spanning Phan Boi Chau to Dong Hai streets will open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as holidays, according to the provincial People's Committee.

The launch of the pedestrian zone is part of authorities' efforts to diversify tourist services and develop the local night-time economy.

From April 23 to May 2, the central province will host a tourism week with a range of activities including a street carnival, street music shows and traditional boat racing on Nhat Le River to attract tourists and improve revenues after more than a year of Covid-19 impacts.

Quang Binh, a popular tourist attraction, is home to UNESCO heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and often referred to as the "Kingdom of Caves" as it boasts many limestone caves including Son Doong, the world’s largest.

In July 2020, the government approved a master plan for night-time economy development in the country, allowing major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang as well as other tourist destinations like Hoi An, Hue, Da Lat and Phu Quoc to pilot night-time services from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Hanoi, HCMC, Quang Ninh, Hue and Hoi An are among those now piloting night-time services.

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