Cruises will soon be banned from staying overnight in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays, local authorities in the northern province of Quang Ninh said.
In the near future, only daytime travel will be allowed in the sea.
The move is part of a local programme that also intends to replace wooden ships with steel ones over the next five years. The scheme is expected to enhance tourism service quality and safety.
Currently, there are 553 tourist ships operating across the two bays, 202 of which dock overnight there.
In 2015, Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays welcomed about 2.5 million tourists. The fleet can serve a maximum of 10 million passengers, meaning there are too many ships.
Quang Ninh issued a temporary regulation that allows wooden ships to operate in the bays for a maximum of 15 years, as opposed to the 25 years regulated in Decree 111/2014/ND-CP.
After the 15 years, they can still travel outside the bays.
Quang Ninh forms Tourism Department
The northeastern province of Quang Ninh’s 23th and last meeting session of the provincial People’s Council, on April 8, passed the resolution of establishing a Department of Tourism.
The new department, which is separate from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will have five specialised units and an administrative unit.
Quang Ninh is one of the provinces with a great potential of tourism. Besides the UNESCO-recognised world heritage of Ha Long Bay, the province has four major national historic sites, over 500 national or provincial relic sites as well as tourist cities like Ha Long and Mong Cai.
Around ten million local and international tourists visit Quang Ninh each year.