Sai Gon double-decker bus tour, national special historical relic site Independence Palace, and popular “banh xeo” (sizzling rice pancake) are among the 100 interesting facts about HCM City in 2023, which were announced at a ceremony held by the municipal Department of Tourism on December 3.
At the ceremony to announce the 100 interesting facts about HCM City (Photo: VNA)
HCM City – Sai Gon
double-decker bus tour, national special historical relic site Independence
Palace, and popular “banh xeo” (sizzling rice pancake) are among the 100 interesting
facts about HCM City in 2023, which were announced at a ceremony held by the
municipal Department of Tourism on December 3.
The programme “HCM City – 100 interesting facts” was launched in December last
year to promote the city as an attractive destination. It features 10
categories covering exciting sightseeing programmes, 10 exciting
attractions, entertainment spots, shopping
spots, tourist accommodation establishments, restaurants, coffee shops, tourism, cultural
and sports events, check-in places, and delicacies.
At the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van
Dung stressed the city’s exciting experiences have been shaped up by the vibrant
blend of cultures, cuisines, arts and destinations, and expressed his hope that
the programme will be a highlight of the city’s tourism sector in the end of
2023, making contributions to popularising local images and destinations.
He ordered competent organisations to make unceasing efforts to improve tourism
service quality to meet the expectation of the visitors as well as local
tourism’s competitive capacity.
The programme is expected to become a locomotive that motivates local service
providers to contribute to the city’s socio-economic development, he said.
Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 30
million domestic and foreign visitors during January – October, according to
the municipal Department of Tourism. The number included 4.12 million foreign tourists, or 82% of
the set target.
Revenue from accommodation and catering services was more
than 89.45 trillion VND (3.6 billion USD), and that from travel service was
over 8.9 trillion VND, up 30.6% and 68.3% year on year, respectively.
As the peak tourism season approaches, the city
hopes to serve 5 million international visitors and more than 35 million
domestic ones, and gain some 160 trillion VND in tourism revenue for the whole
It also sets a target of welcoming 6 million foreign visitors who will spend
around 190 trillion VND next year. Given stable
political-economic conditions, and good recovery of tourism and related
industries, the Vietnamese southern hub expects to welcome a tourist influx
from the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, and China./.