09:50 | 28/08/2017 Society
(VEN) - Ninh Binh Province has become an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists, with breathtaking sites and numerous activities taking place all year round. However, the provincial tourism sector needs to solve some environmental problems to attain sustainable development.
Trang An grottoes
Ninh Binh is home to almost 1,500 cultural and historical relic sites and 83 craft villages (including many villages that are hundreds of years old), and holds some 225 annual traditional festivals. The province’s Trang An grottoes have been certified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage site. Trang An has become the first compound heritage site in Southeast Asia.
However, Bui Thanh Dong, director of the Ninh Binh Province Department of Tourism, says Ninh Binh’s key tourist destinations are facing negative environmental impacts. Speaking at a conference held in late July on “environmental protection in national tourist areas” of the province, Dong pointed to increasing urbanization and population, and tourism infrastructure construction as being among the main factors causing this environmental damage. The significant growth in the number of visitors to Trang An since the site was recognized as a world heritage in 2014 has also created pressure on the environment.
Dong stressed that Ninh Binh considers tourism an important part of the province’s socioeconomic development strategy, and environmental protection is crucial to sustainable tourism development.
Promoting the role of the community
Dong said Ninh Binh has many solutions to develop tourism on a sustainable basis, pertaining to environmental protection, including promotion of community-based tourism development.
Dong said the following are problems that need to be resolved: some relic sites are degraded, the tourist infrastructure remains inadequate, waste collection needs to be increased, funding for environmental protection remains limited, inspection needs to be held regularly, and more penalty and fines should be imposed on violators.
Dong added that Ninh Binh should continue to improve the legal framework on environmental protection for specific areas and adopt appropriate policies and plans for tourist sites.
Bui Thanh Dong, director of the Ninh Binh Province Department of Tourism, says the province should continue to work with authorities to improve the effectiveness of environmental protection and sustainable tourism development.