Accordingly, organizations and individuals working in tourism and services on the waters commit not to use, buy and sell single-use plastic products, replacing them with environmentally friendly ones.

Ha Long Bay

Communications are set to be strengthened for tourists not to bring single-use plastic products onboard and use during their cruises around Ha Long Bay. Ship owners are advised to take measures to refuse transportation in cases where customers intentionally do not comply with this regulation.

The pilot of the program began on September 1, 2019. It has so far attracted the participation of 270 businesses, ship owners, kayak service providers, and fish farmers. Meanwhile, nearly 30 fishing vessels have joined collecting thousands of tons of waste in the area.

The program has helped reduce 90% of disposable plastic waste at attractions on the bay and 94% of the number of foam buoys on floating works of organizations and individuals engaged in tourism business and service activities on the bay.

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most popular travel destinations.

An estimate in 2020 by the Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge (EPPIC) project showed that among over the 28,280 tons of plastic waste released in the Ha Long Bay area each year, about 5,272 could be discharged to the sea, and 34 tons of waste came from tourism activities every day.

Source: VNA