Welcoming the delegation, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Quang Phuong stated that the 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians was a success with many important discussions and contents, including the adoption of a statement. This shows "the role of culture as a driving force for sustainable development" and the need to "promote respect for cultural diversity given the 4th Industrial Revolution".
Therefore, the visit to Ha Long Bay is an opportunity for young parliamentarians to learn about a world's natural heritage, the unique culture of Quang Ninh people, and Vietnam's natural beauty. It also opens up a chance for young Vietnamese National Assembly delegates to connect and discuss with young parliamentarians from other countries, thereby promoting mutual understanding and strengthening cooperation for future parliamentary activities.
Deputy Secretary of the Quang Ninh's Party Committee, Dang Xuan Phuong, introduced to the delegates the nature, culture, and people of Quang Ninh. He talked about the province's 60 years of construction and development, from a poor locality, it has risen and made a strong breakthrough, becoming a modern province with strong service and industry, an international tourism center, and a comprehensive growth center of the Northern region.
In recent years, the province has invested in facilities and improved the quality of services to best serve tourists. In the first 5 months of this year, Quang Ninh welcomed about 7.1 million tourists, 1.7 times higher than the same period in 2022. Total tourism revenue reached VND 13,140 billion, an increase of 1.83 times year-on-year.
Dang Xuan Phuong informed the delegates: On September 16, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recognized Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago as a World Natural Heritage Site. Ha Long Bay was honored twice in 1994 and 2004. This year, Cat Ba archipelago was added to the site.
The Ha Long Bay - Cat Ba Archipelago contains vegetation-covered limestone islands and limestone peaks rising above the sea surface along with karst features such as domes and caves, spectacular, untouched scenery of vegetation-covered islands, saltwater lakes, sharp limestone peaks with steep cliffs rising above the sea.
|President of the International Parliamentary Union Duarte Pacheco thanked the affection and warm welcome of the leaders and people of Quang Ninh. Impressed by the beauty of Ha Long Bay, he hopes to soon return to visit Ha Long.|
|During the tour to Ha Long Bay, delegates enjoyed the poetic, majestic, and magnificent scenery of the World's Natural Heritage. Visiting the Bay for the first time, many delegates expressed surprise and impression by the landscape and convenient services such as the large-scale port system and modern sightseeing boats.|
|Senator Sakeus Likela from Namibia said: "Ha Long Bay is truly majestic, beautiful, with many mountains. Our homeland Namibia also has the sea but does not have majestic mountains like Ha Long. The scenery here is very beautiful. We will soon bring our family and friends here."|
Nancy Chikandira, Member of Malawi's Parliament, said this was her first time to Ha Long Bay. She was surprised by the scenery and beauty. "Ha Long Bay has beautiful scenery, friendly and enthusiastic people, and convenient transportation. When I come back home, I will introduce to my relatives and friends the beauty here. I will keep these beautiful moments and photos in my heart and soon come back," said Nancy Chikandira.