Hoa Binh Lake in northern Vietnam has been designated a “national tourist area” and will now undergo a major period of development.
According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Vietnam’s Prime Minister has approved the plans, which cover a vast area of 1,200 hectares surrounding the lake, including the city of Hoa Binh and the districts of Da Bac, Cao Phong, Tan Lac and Mai Chau.
Development will focus on several key sectors, including ecotourism, adventure tourism, sports activities, MICE, and cultural tourism, including the area’s ethnic minorities. Tourism products such as “experiencing culture of the Muong ethnic minority and sightseeing around Hoa Binh Lake” have been identified.
The overall goal is to attract 630,000 visitors to the area by 2020, including 30,000 international tourists. This is then expected to increase 1.6 million visitors by 2030. International markets being prioritised include France, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Hoa Binh Lake is located approximately 100km southwest of Hanoi.