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Ancient town to develop brand as non-smoking heritage site 

 Friday, April 5,2024

AsemconnectVietnam - The culture, sports and tourism department of Quang Nam province, in cooperation with its ancient town of Hoi An, plans to develop the tourism hub as a ‘non-smoking’ and a ‘bicycle’ destination in the ‘green’ tourism promotion campaign.

 Director of the department Nguyen Thanh Hong said ‘non-smoking’ awareness has been raised by the Hoi An People’s Committee with series of public communication and conferences on the negative impacts of smoking on human heath in 2011-15.

Hong said the idea would be included in the green tourism criteria issued by the locality in late 2021 for development of green and sustainable tourism products on the basis of hotels, travel agencies, resorts, community-based tourism, homestays and destinations.

Quang Nam province has been among the first areas in Vietnam to promote green tourism criteria including waste recycling, waste reduction, energy-saving and plastic-free consumption, he said.

“Hoi An city – a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site – has successfully organised non-engine zone for decades. Communications on non-smoking in public has been implemented at community, destinations and public sites for years,” Hong said.

“We plan to promote the ‘non-smoking’ destination message among travel agencies, resorts, destinations, restaurants and shopping areas, as well as raise awareness in the community about not smoking at public sites.

”Since 2022, Hoi An has reserved the old quarter and an expanded area in the west of the city for use as walking streets from 9am to 11am and from 3pm till 9:30pm during the rainy season and 10pm in summer. Motorbikes and vehicles with engines have access for four hours per day and at night time.”

According to Huong Giang, a member of Hoi An city’s tourist support centre, smoking-related diseases and the imposition of strict punishments on violations in smoke-free areas was also included in the communications campaign, with warnings printed on vouchers and entrance tickets at destinations in Hoi An.

Vice chairman of the Hoi An Tourism Association Vo Phung said Hoi An launched a campaign to raise awareness of good-natured behaviour and hospitality among the community in building a friendly tourism environment and promoting gentle manners.

It urges local community to limit poor manners when hosting tourists in public sites, restaurants and destinations in the old quarter by introducing a code of conduct for local residents.

He said local people were called avoid littering in public sites, honking too much in traffic, harassing and overcharging tourists, or making excessive noise in public places.

In the past years, Hoi An also had a plan of using bicycle for daily riding among state agencies and local community, and bicycles are still one of the favourite options for tourists and expats.

At least 100 hotels, homestays, villas and restaurants, and travel agencies in Quang Nam and Hoi An committed to reducing plastic waste and building a ‘zero plastic waste tourism’ brand, while restaurants and coffee shops have been using straws, containers and souvenirs from bamboo and reed instead of single-use plastic, said a report from Quang Nam provincial Tourism Association.

Hoi An, which was designed as an eco-tour and environment-friendly destination of Vietnam, has more than 1,000 accommodations including 43 hotels from 3-5 star, 380 restaurants and 21 destinations.

To date, 80% of state offices had banned smoking, while 110 restaurants and hotels had already assigned smoking area, or posted smoke-free zones.

Smoking was forbidden on all public buses, at schools and hospitals under the 2011-25 no-smoking campaign.

The city has assigned lanes for bicycle riders with an aim of developing 100,000 bicycles among daily commuters.

The central province, home to UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites of Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary, and the Hoi An-Cham Islands world biosphere, hosted 7.5 million tourists, including 3.8 million international visitors, with revenue of 7.95 trillion VND (318 million USD) in 2023.

Hong said the Quang Nam tourism industry, which contributes about 10% of Gross Regional Domestic Product, aims to build sustainable tourism based on ecological protection, conservation, waste recycling and emissions reduction./.

Source: VNA


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