Hanoi welcomes the first international visitor in 2018

The Hanoitimes – On the morning of January 1, Lebreton Didier, a passenger on Vietnam Airlines’ flight VN18 which landed at Noi Bai International Airport, became the first foreign visitor setting foot in Hanoi in 2018. Hanoi welcomes the first international visitor in 2018. Didier and his group of 13 other visitors from France were treated to flowers and gifts and a music performance. The French said that this is the third time he came to Vietnam and he plans to spend almost a month to discover the country’s beauty with his wife, adding that he was surprised by the warm welcome on the first day of the year. Lebreton Didier, a passenger on Vietnam Airlines’ flight VN18, became the first foreign visitor setting foot in Hanoi in 2018. Present at the greeting ceremony, Tran Duc Hai, Director of the municipal Department of Tourism noted that the event aims to promote Hanoi as a safe, friendly, quality and attractive destination for visitors. Last year, some 5 million foreigners came to the thousand-year-old city of Hanoi.  The northern coastal province of Quang Ninh, home to the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, also held a ceremony to greet the year’s first international tourists at Tuan Chau International Port in Ha Long city on January 1. In 2018, the locality expects to welcome 12 million visitors, including 5 million foreigners. Last year, nearly 10 million holiday-makers, comprising 4.2 million foreigners, chose Quang Ninh province to spend their holidays. Meanwhile, the northern…

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