Sports tourism is a new development trend in the tourism sector that brings great benefits to local areas, especially Ninh Binh Province (North).
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|Participants of the race “Cuc Phuong Jungle Paths” 2023.
Using diverse terrain, magnificent landscapes, unique historical and cultural values, Ninh Binh has great potential for the development of this type of tourism.
Covering an area of 22,408 ha, Cuc Phuong National Park is a positive point in this regard. With a brand development strategy, the park aims to create innovative and unique products, including sports tourism, such as opening a trail race through the forest to attract more tourists.
Cuc Phuong Forest is considered a huge treasure with a complete value system between nature, history and culture. It has been named one of Asia’s best national parks by the World Travel Awards for the fourth consecutive year, from 2019 to 2022, said Do Hong Hai, deputy director of Cuc Phuong National Park’s Center for Environmental Education and Services.
To raise awareness among tourists and the community about nature conservation in general and wildlife protection in particular, the park coordinated with New Race JSC to organize the “Cuc Phuong Jungle Trails” for the second year.
After two editions, the event attracted thousands of domestic and international tourists, contributing to the promotion of the beauty and attractiveness, as well as the natural, historical and cultural values of Cuc Phuong Forest, and the implementation of the conservation and sustainability development strategy for the first national park in Vietnam.
French athlete Paulina Svoboda said that she participated in the “Cuc Phuong Jungle Trails” for the first time. She said she was impressed by the unspoilt beauty of the forest that left the athletes in awe during the race, adding that she hopes to return to Cuc Phuong.
In recent years, Ninh Binh has hosted many sporting events at the regional and national levels, such as the 22nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 22), the International Women’s Volleyball Championship and the Southeast Asian Marathon. the newspaper Tien Phong.
The deputy director of the provincial tourism department, Pham Duy Phong, said that these sports events contributed to the promotion and development of tourism activities in the town.
He cited “Cuc Phuong Jungle Paths” as a typical event. With the participation of 2,500 runners, this year’s tournament helped bring the attractiveness of Ninh Binh’s landscape to local and foreign athletes. Other types of sports activities such as kayaking, golf, cycling and hiking have also developed in the province.
The breathtaking scenery, the hospitality of the local people and the unique cultural values of Ninh Binh are favorable conditions for units and organizations to choose it as an ideal destination for sports events.
In addition to participating in sports events, athletes and their relatives also stay or go sightseeing in Ninh Binh, said Pham Duy Phong, adding that this is a golden opportunity for the tourism sector to increase demand and promote the province’s image.
In order to fully exploit the potential of sports tourism, the sector has tasked the Ninh Binh Tourism Association, hotels and destinations to prepare all conditions related to social security, environment, health care, infrastructure and accommodation.
Pham Duy Phong confirmed that in the coming period, the provincial Department of Tourism will study, evaluate and manage new types of tourism, especially adventure sports tourism such as hiking and mountain biking in the place.