The capital this year will focus on further developing tourism
products to attract more domestic and foreign visitors, according to the local
Culture, Sports and Tourism Department.
During a conference on plans for Ha Noi and Viet Nam tourism development held on
Tuesday, the department said tourism products were still limited due to delays
in official approval.
Deputy head of the department, Truong Minh Tien, said they have been collecting
opinions on developing and exploiting tourism from related enterprises and
The department is expected to submit its plan to the People's Committee of Ha
Noi for approval by June, Tien said.
Under the plan, Ha Noi would develop the Thang Long Citadel, Dong Ngac Village,
the Ba Vi tourism area, the Old Quarter, theatres and other existing tourism
Additionally, the department would run promotion programmes in potential markets
such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Eastern Europe, China, South Korea and
Ha Noi is scheduled to organise its international tourism fair 2012 in December
to promote tourism programmes among domestic and foreign firms.
The capital city has promoted co-operation with provinces and cities in
developing the tourism industry, including HCM City, Hue, Da Nang and Can Tho as
well as Quang Ninh, Lao Cai and Lang Son provinces.
Last year, the city saw a year-on-year increase of 10 per cent in visitor
numbers to reach 13.9 million, including 1.9 million foreigners.
The four-day holiday to celebrate Southern Liberation Day on April 30 and
International Labour Day on May 1 has boosted demand for trips to destinations
both at home and abroad.
Nguyen Minh Man, head of Vietravel's Communication Department told the Dan tri
online newspaper that many tours for this weekend's holiday were fully booked
while others were only 70 per cent full.
Vietravel expected to enjoy a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent with 25,000
tourists set to take domestic and foreign tours during this year's holiday, Man
SaigonTourist has sold 65 per cent of its 16,000 pre-arranged holiday
reservations for the holiday, a 10-15 per cent increase over last year.
FidiTour has also seen an increase in tour bookings. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai,
external director of FidiTour's Communication Division said the number of group
tours had increased against individual tourists because this option allowed them
to avoid the price increase that had been applied to individual travel.
The company had to work with airlines to increase the number of flights to
Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia due to high demand, Mai said.
Da Nang was a hot domestic destination because the central city was hosting an
international fireworks festival to celebrate the holidays, the tourism firms
Most prices had not increased because contracts were signed several months ago
prior to petrol price increases, they said.