Monday, 18 Dec 2017

Hanoi to launch a tourism portal dedicated to people with disabilities

Updated at Thursday, 23 Nov 2017, 17:29
The Hanoitimes - On November 22, a tourism portal dedicated to people with disabilities (PWDs) was launched by the Hanoi Disabled People Association.
The tourism portal for people with disabilities.
The tourism portal for people with disabilities.
Through the website and facebook page dulichtiepcan, the disabled can search information about destinations in Hanoi to actively organise their tours.
On the website, 22 destinations, eight hotels, seven restaurants, and bus stations are clarified. PWDs can also gain access to legal documents related to them such as the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and a project supporting people with disabilities during 2012 - 2020.
The project on development of accessible travel website has been implemented by the Bright Future Group of People with Disabilities since December 2016 with the assistance from Finland’s Abilis Foundation.
To build the website, which runs in Vietnamese and English, group members made fact-finding tours to tourist attractions, several hotels and restaurants, railway stations and bus stations in the capital city.
Accordingly, Hanoi expects to serve 23.83 million visitors, including 4.95 foreigners, this year, a rise of nine percent from the previous year. Tourism revenue is estimated to reach 70.96 billion VND (3.12 million USD), up 15 percent against last year. To realize the target, Hanoi is striving to expand its tourism market with the launch of new destinations and typical products.
Besides, local authorities have instructed the tourism sector to create breakthroughs in tourism promotion, expanding the scale and improving professional skills in carrying out tourism communication and tourism development campaigns.
Hanoi authorities and US Cable News Network (CNN) reached a deal for 2017 and 2018, with the US channel agreeing to help Hanoi produce 30-second promotional videos, three and five minutes reports and a 30-minute programme.
The deal, with a budget of two million USD, aims to capture the beauty of Hanoi to introduce to the world. Videos of the “My Hanoi” programme were broadcast earlier this year, while those of “Hanoi: POV” has recently debuted in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Ho Ha - Mai Nguyen
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