The Hanoitimes - Hanoi welcomed over 6,1 million visitors in the first quarter of this year, a rise of 7 percent year-on-year, Deputy director of the municipal Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai said at the press conference on March 28.
Hanoi's tourism targets to receive over 23 million visitors, including about 4.3 million international tourists with total tourism revenue exceeding 66 trillion VND, the deputy director said.
Statistics released by the department showed that from the beginning of the year, Hanoi welcomed 6 million visitors, a rise of 7 percent year-on-year. Of them, over 1.2 million were foreign tourists, with total tourism revenue exceeding 18 trillion VND, up 9% over the same period in 2016.
The top key markets are China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, the US, France and Australia.
Foreign tourists visit Hoan Kiem Lake. Photo by Hong Hanh
In order to develop high-quality tourism products associated with building the capital tourism brand, the municipal Tourism Department has worked with 21 districts and towns in the city to promote development of these products.
The department has signed the cooperation with 25 provinces and cities for 2016-2020 period to share experience in state tourism management, and hold events to promote and introduce new and attractive tourism products.
Hanoi's tourism has also implemented the promotion of the city's image on CNN and worked with a number of travel enterprises and associations in developing new tour products.
The department has organised a series of training courses to improve qualifications of tourism workers and managers as many of them have failed to satisfy the work’s requirements. According to the department, eight training classes for tourism managers at all levels were held with the participation of 520 people.
As many as 317 drivers and travel bus attendants, along with more than 1,800 tour guides were enabled to attend training courses on tourism knowledge and service skills.
The department also organised classes to improve awareness of tourism for almost 500 local residents in Ba Trai, Van Hoa and Ba Vi communes of Ba Vi district.
In the time ahead, the agenct plans to collaborate with all districts to complete official introductions about Hanoi’s relic sites then translate them into languages of major tourism markets.
In addition, the Department is coordinating with relevant agencies to organize an array of cultural and artistic activities in the pedestrian space around Hoan Kiem Lake in 2017 to attract more visitors.
Translated by Nguyen Thu
Source: Hai Duong-kinhtedothi.vn