Scores of tourist ships earn Blue Sail logo
34 tourist ships of six businesses operating on Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province have been awarded the Blue Sail certificate and logo
The recognition is part of a JICA-funded project to boost green growth by implementing sustainable environmental protection and tourism development policies.
To get a Blue Sail logo, a tourist boat must meet 29 environmental protection and social responsibility criteria, which focus on preventing or reducing noise and air pollution, cutting waste and wastewater discharge, and protecting bio-diversity.
Nguyen Ngoc Quang, General Manager of the Hong Phong Cruise Company, said: We should take responsibility for the world natural heritage Ha Long Bay because we are benefiting from it. Apart from communications, we have begun sorting waste and used environment-friendly products.
Dang Huy Hau, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said most of the ships certified this time are overnight boats offering high-end services.
The Blue sail logo means that the ships protect the environment. The logo will help attract customers and encouraged uncertified ships to follow suit, said Hau.