Phong Nha Ke Bang welcomed 6.6 million visitors

Phong Nha Ke Bang in Vietnam, the World Natural Heritage, has welcomed 6.6 million visitors over the past 15 years. This was the information announced by Mr. Le Thanh Tinh, the Director of Phong Nha  Ke Bang National Park during the morning of 5/6/2018. The income from the sale of visit fees has reached more than VND 730 billion.

Phong Nha Ke Bang

In 2003, the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park was recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Natural Heritage with geological and geomorphologic criteria (criterion viii).

In 2015, the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park was again classified bu UNESCO as World Heritage according to two new criteria: "The outstanding value represents ecological progress in the evolution and development of terrestrial ecosystems (criterion ix); The possession of natural habitats is the most important for the conservation of biodiversity (criterion x). "

Now, Phong Nha Ke Bang becomes one of Vietnam's most famous tourist destinations attracting many domestic and foreign visitors with diverse tourism products. So far, the National Park has 15 itineraries, tourist sites put into service with many tourist products such as cave exploration, ecological tourism, cultural and spiritual tourism, high-end tourist products, amusement park, farm, homestay, hiking, zip line...

Above all, the circuit "Conquest of Son Doong Cave - the largest in the world" is considered one of the products at national and international standard. The cave of Son Doong is praised by many world-famous newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Google Adwords, Tripadvisors, National Geographic...

In addition, the team of officials and guides constantly improves the professional qualities and skills to meet the demands of visitors and facilities for tourism activities are gradually invested, renovated, upgraded...

Mr. Tinh added that tourism in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park not only contributes to the economic development of the region but is also an effective solution for preserving heritage, thus reducing pressure on natural resources through job creation. The buffer zone communities participate in forest protection activities, village conservation groups, conservation clubs, tourist guides, porters, boats for tourism (401 boats), photographers (275 people)...

In addition, there are also some of the populations working in services such as catering, recreation, entertainment, production of souvenirs objects... Phong Nha Ke Bang tourism has created the tendency to move the work of exploiting natural resources in the past to tourism.

Now, there are more than 3,000 people in the buffer zone of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park who participate in tourism to gradually raise the standard of living.