Quang Ninh ups Halong bay fees


QUANG NINH, 5 May 2017: Quang Ninh People’s Committee approved, Tuesday, new fees for tourists passing through Tuan Chau international port that is a base for boats cruising Halong Bay.

Local media reported tourists, effective 28 May, will pay VND40,000 (USD1.8) for a two-way ticket and VND20,000 (USD0.9) for a one-way ticket.

The new fees are double those that have been valid since November 2016.

The fees were approved following a proposal made last October by the Au Lac Limited Company, the port’s management, in a move to speed up recovery of its investment capital.

Fee exemption and discounts will apply for children less than 1.2 metres in height, or under seven years, people with disabilities, and citizens who enjoy concessions in accordance with the government’s regulations.

The Quang Ninh People’s Committee has requested that the fees be published in local mass media and at the port for 20 consecutive days before they are officially applied, the report said.

Some 500 tourist boats anchor at the port daily, generating a revenue of VND1.3 million (USD57) per boat per month, which is well below breakeven to run the port, according to port director Pham Thanh Tung.

The Tuan Chau international port opened in 2015 with enough space for up to 2,200 tourist boats.

Tourists depart from the Tuan Chau port for sight-seeing tours around the UNESCO-recognised Halong Bay, around 150 km east of Hanoi.

Halong Bay is the most popular sightseeing destination in north Vietnam and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, It is also the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature designated in April 2012 by New Open World Corporation, an associate of the New 7 Wonders Foundation.