Hanoi Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism Deputy Director
Mai Tien Dung said that Hanoi welcomed 2.08 million visitors during the nine
days of this year's Lunar New Year Festival, an 11 percent increase from a year
These included 64,680 foreign visitors, a 12.4 percent increase, and more than
two million domestic visitors, an 11 percent increase. Top tourist destinations
were the Perfume Pagoda hosting 260,000 visitors and Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam
(Temple of Literature) with 200,000 visitors.
It is expected that Hanoi's tourism sector will receive 15.5 million visitors
this year including 2.25 million foreigners and 13.25 million domestic visitors.
Hanoi Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism Deputy Director Mai Tien Dung
said that tourism was one of sectors that had not been greatly affected by the
recession. For this reason, the sector is confident of its growth in 2013.
The sector continued to grow rapidly in 2012 hosting 14.4 million visitors,
including more than 2.1 million foreigners, a 11.3 percent increase on 2011, and
almost 12.3 million domestic visitors, a 5.5 percent increase.
The adoption of the Hanoi Tourism Development Plan until 2020, with a Vision to
2030 would facilitate tourism planning and tourist product development
investment. The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism said that the
Hanoi tourism sector had expanded cooperative ties with many provinces and
cities nationwide to improve the image of the capital in the eyes of visitors
and foreign travel media.
Mai Tien Dung said that as a result of great efforts made by the municipal
tourism sector, Hanoi has recently been listed among the top ten tourist
destinations in Asia according to the online tourism journal Smart Travel in
Asia, which has collected votes from millions of readers and travel writers
worldwide. Hanoi took sixth place on the list in two consecutive years from
The capital also ranked second on the list of top 100 cities worldwide in terms
of the quality of hotel services, according to the Trivago website, which
collected results from more than 140 online booking websites in 2012.
Mai Tien Dung said that to attract 15.5 million visitors this year, the
municipal tourism sector will launch tourist events including a VITM Hanoi
International Tourism Fair 2013 this coming April, a craft village tourism
festival for Hanoi and Red River Delta provinces in October 2013, the Hai Phong
Tourism Fair 2013 and a flamboyant festival. The sector is currently looking to
promote the image of Hanoi and Vietnamese people abroad. Specifically, it will
advertise Vietnamese tourism in the Korean cities of Seoul, Busan and Jeju,
Canada, China, Russia and Tokyo.
Despite its remarkable achievements, the sector has many disadvantages in terms
of management and services. It should overcome its shortcomings to match its
potential. Major measures include developing craft village tourism and upgrading
al cultural destinations in the city..