Vietnamese, Japanese geoparks sign MoU on cooperation
VGP - A signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between UNESCO Global Geopark Dong Van Karst Plateau and aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark Mine-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau of Japan took place on November 10.
The MoU was inked by Vice Chairman of Ha Giang Province's People’s Committee Tran Duc Quy and Director of the Mine-Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau Takahiro Koda.
Via the program, the two geoparks will facilitate tourism cooperation activities, exchange of delegations, and promote marketing efforts to attract tourists.
At the signing ceremony, both sides discussed effective measures to tap the potential advantages and support each other in developing sustainable tourism.
They will step up tourism training activities aimed at improving the quality of products and services.
Dialogues involving university students, interns and student exchanges will be organized. Various cultural exchanges, festivals, events, investment promotion activities, market surveys, and tourist exchanges between the two destinations are also planned.
Dong Van Karst Plateau, in the northern province of Ha Giang, was recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark in 2010, boasting unique cultural, historical, geological values, and majestic landscapes.
The number of visitors to Ha Giang, which was only 2,000 in 2010, has increased rapidly, reaching 2.2 million in 2022, and is expected to exceed 3 million this year.
At the 10th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geopark held in Morocco in early September, the Dong Van Karst Plateau was continued to be recognised as a UNESCO Global Geopark for the third time by the UNESCO Global Geopark Council.
On September 6, Ha Giang was honored to be named the top emerging destination in Asia at the World Travel Awards./.