U.K.-based travel magazine Wanderlust has named Quang Nam Province, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among Asia’s top four sustainable destinations.
“By putting local businesses at the heart of tourism, Quang Nam is proving sustainability starts at home,” Wanderlust said.
Quang Nam’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the My Son Sanctuary, a Hindu sacred site of the ancient Champa Kingdom, and Hoi An Ancient Town.
In recent years, the province has started offering eco-friendly tours such as coracle basket boat tours in the Bay Mau nipa palm forest and a cycling tour of Tra Que Vegetable Village.
Tourists take basket boat tours in Bay Mau nipa palm forest in Hoi An, July 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh
Tourism businesses have prioritized environmental sustainability, Wanderlust said.
Many luxury resorts and restaurants in Hoi An adopt a plastic-free policy, as they use organic materials and provide tourists with eco-friendly tourism products.
Quang Nam welcomed 1.63 million tourist arrivals in the first quarter of this year, a four-fold year-on-year increase, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Of the total 765,000 were international travelers, up 85 times year-on-year.
The other three representatives in the list were Bhutan, Singapore and Ataúro Island in Timor-Leste.
Wanderlust said the list aims to honor tour operators and individuals who make commitments to protecting the green environment.
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