The Hanoitimes - The central city of Da Nang will host 143,000 tourists, including 82,000 foreigners, visiting during the Christmas and New Year vacation from December 24 through January 2.
The city’s tourism authority said 65,000 tourists have already booked rooms at hotels and resorts to explore the city’s landmarks. It said 61,000 tourists will take 357 flights from Australia, the US, Europe, Japan, China and South Korea to the city during the Christmas season.
The number of tourists coming to Da Nang by airplane is expected to increase in 2018 as more cheap direct flights have been launched since 2016.
Five-star hotels and resorts including Furama, Fusion Maia, Pullman, One Opera and Novotel also host buffets and New Year’s eve parties for local and foreign tourists staying in the city during the holiday week.
Budget airline VietJet Air plans to carry 180 tourists on the Incheon-Da Nang flight to the city on the first day of the New Year, while cruise MSC Lirica will bring 2,000 tourists to dock at Tien Sa port on January 1.
The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines has offered promotional tickets of 29 USD for local tourists to destinations in the Southeast Asia and East Asia, while flights to Europe, Australia and the US are just 249 USD.
The authority said the year of 2018 would see increasing flights from Incheon, Busan, Deagu of South Korea, Hongkong and Osaka as budget airlines began launching their direct flights in 2016.
During APEC Economic Leaders' Week 2017, the tourism sector of Da Nang city has designed a lot of tourism promotion programmes to boost local tourism. Besides the improvement and embellishment of its infrastructure, streets and accommodation facilities, the tourism sector of Da Nang has built various tours in order to serve international delegates and reporters attending the event.
The city provided six tours for international reporters which will introduce them to the tourist sites in the central region and Da Nang, including Ngu Hanh Son - the Museum of Cham Sculpture - Son Tra Peninsula; Ba Na Hills; Ngu Hanh Son - Hoi An ancient town; Da Nang - Hue ancient capital; Than Tai Hot Spring Park; and a cruise on the Han River.