Surge in tourism to nation’s capital, Hanoi

09:48 | 18/07/2017 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Hanoi welcomed 2.1 million visitors in June alone, up seven percent from the same time in 2016. The capital has set a target of attracting 23.61 million visitors this year.  

According to the Hanoi Department of Tourism, the capital welcomed more than 11 million visitors in the first half of 2017, eight percent more than the same period last year, earning revenues of more than VND35.26 trillion, up 13 percent from the same time in 2016. Of this, foreign visitors totaled 2.3 million, up 14 percent, and domestic visitors numbered 9.5 million, up six percent. The city’s tourism officials, buoyed by the data, believe the capital’s target of attracting 23.61 million visitors in 2017 (eight percent more than 2016) is feasible.

Hanoi has been chosen as one of the top 10 destinations in the 2017 Summer Travel Trends selected by Airbnb, a US-based accommodation sharing application.

The city plans additional development of tourist venues, including investment in the old quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and West Lake areas to make the capital more attractive to visitors.

According to Nguyen Van Nhung, Director of Xuan Son Travel Co., Ltd, many visitors to the capital are impressed by the pedestrian areas surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake at the weekends, where they can enjoy art performances.

According to Nguyen Dinh Hong, director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism, areas surrounding the Hoan Kiem Lake will be improved and beatified and additional daytime and nighttime tours will be offered.

Hanoi is also planning a tourist space around its West Lake. Sightseeing stops will be formed around the lake and cultural and art performance activities will be held regularly to attract visitors to the lake, which is currently slightly off the beaten tourist tracks. Hanoi will gradually form tourist paths and tourist villages along West Lake while developing tours along the Hong (Red) River.

The Hanoi Department of Tourism has also certified the Dong Lac relic site at 38 Hang Dao Street of Hoan Kiem District, and the Vietnamese Traditional Long Dress (Ao Dai) Space at 18 Au Co Road of Tay Ho District. The city plans to expand the community space and offer activities enabling visitors to participate in and get a sense of local life.

Phuong Tam