Hanoi sees 8 percent rise in visitors

Foreign tourists gather on a street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Hanoi has welcomed approximately 12 million visitors since the beginning of
2017, up 8 percent from the same period last year, and earned a revenue of more
than 35.2 trillion VND (1.55 billion USD), up 13 percent.

According to the
municipal Department of Tourism, the city’s international arrivals rose by 14
percent to over 2.3 million.

[Hanoi’s six-month tourism rakes in 1.54 billion USD]

The capital city has
taken a set of measures to be named among the world’s top tourist destinations.

It has focused on developing new high-quality tourism products and accelerating
tourism promotion campaigns. It has also worked to improve local infrastructure
for tourism and involve the private sector in investing in the tourism
industry.

However, there are
very few large recreation areas and resorts for weekend getaway in the city that
are attractive enough to make the tourists stay longer and spend more. In
addition, a majority of local travel agencies are small businesses that have
yet to establish international reputation. Service quality and environmental
issues also remained as big challenges.

To attract more
holiday makers, Hanoi plans to increase cooperation with businesses and
localities across the country as well as those from overseas and provide
training for service providers and those working for tourism authority at all
levels, particularly in terms of communications skills.

It will also send
inter-sectoral teams to inspect tourism activities in the city and strictly
handle violations.

Hanoi is among the top 10 destinations in the 2017 Summer Travel Trends
selected by Airbnb, a US-based accommodation sharing application.

Airbnb said Hanoi is
attractive to holiday-makers as its boasts historical relic sites and special
cuisine.

This year, the city
aims to welcome 23.61 million travellers, a year-on-year increase of 8 percent.
-VNA



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