Signs of tourism recovery:

French architecture walking tour in Hanoi

06:00 | 24/11/2021 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Many tourism companies in Hanoi have launched safe green tours in response to the government’s policies on economic recovery and flexible adaptation to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

For example, the “French architecture in the heart of Hanoi” walking tour was launched by the Vietnam National Museum of History in cooperation with Hanoitourist Corporation on October 23 and will be held every weekend. The 90-minute tour through the streets of downtown Hanoi takes visitors to famous French-era architectural gems, such as the Vietnam National Museum of History, Hanoi Opera House, Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Tonkin Palace, and Dien Hong Park.

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The Hanoi Opera House

To ensure safety and adhere to pandemic control regulations, each group consists of no more than 10 people who are asked to keep a distance from each other and adhere to the 5K message - khau trang (face masks), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distancing), khong tu tap (no gatherings), and khai bao y te (health declarations). This is the first tour to resume in Hanoi since the waning of the fourth Covid-19 outbreak. To promote the adaptation of technological applications and museum digitalization, organizers provide an audio guide application that introduces the History Museum displays on smartphones in three languages - Vietnamese, English and Korean.

The automated narration accessed through a QR code allows visitors to tour without a guide.

Phung Quang Thang, Chair of the Hanoi Travel Association and Director of Hanoitourist Corporation, said that the French architecture walking tour responds to increasing tourist demand for cultural events and historic venues. To prepare for tourism recovery, the Hanoi Travel Association and VGreen Sustainable Tourism Club have coordinated with localities in Hanoi and other provinces and cities to develop unique tourist offerings, including safe homestays, safe hotels, safe caravan tours, safe autumn tours, and safe MICE services.

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The Vietnam National Museum of History

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism Tran Trung Hieu said the department has prepared a detailed plan to restore and develop tourism from now until the yearend. Hanoi will promote safe, creative destinations, apply information technology to diversify new products to attract domestic tourists, organize tourism promotion events, develop tourism digitalization, and strengthen inspection and supervision to ensure safety. The department will also encourage travel businesses to create “green” tours for fully vaccinated and Covid-19 tested tourists, Hieu said.

The Hanoi Department of Tourism will assess the situation and recommend appropriate solutions to reopen tourism, allowing tourism businesses to welcome visitors from localities where the pandemic is well controlled.

Hoa Quynh