Hanoi has already fulfilled the tourist arrival target for 2022, but it is
believed to have conditions for obtaining a better result and so, needs to take
new measures for speeding up tourism recovery.
city welcomed 15.38 million visitors in the first 10 months, rising by over
five-fold from the same period last year. They included nearly 983,000 international
tourist arrivals, according to the municipal Tourism Department.
With this result,
Hanoi has surpassed the set target of 9 – 10 million arrivals for this year,
according to the Nhan dan (People) daily.
This achievement is
attributable to the city’s thorough preparations for tourism reopening after a
long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the National
Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day holidays, Hanoi has launched and
upgraded a number of products and services such as a
night tour of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, a cycling tour of Bat Trang
pottery village, the pedestrian zone surrounding the Son Tay ancient fortress,
and the Trinh Cong Son pedestrian street.
Dang Thao, head of the management board of the Duong Lam ancient village relic
site, said previously, tourists often visited Duong Lam by personal vehicles in
one day. But thanks to some new products designed by local authorities like experience
tourism, craft village tourism, photo tours, and the pedestrian zone
surrounding the Son Tay ancient fortress, much improvement has been recorded in
of room bookings has increased by 30% over the last six months, he noted.
of the Hanoitourist travel company Le Hong Thai said the city has satisfied
travel demand, especially in the National
Reunification Day and May Day holidays, adding that it still has much room to
obtain a better result and should take measures for promoting tourism recovery.
Aside from capitalising on heritage
values in inner districts or famous relic sites in outlying areas, Hanoi should
step up the development of new tourism products, he recommended.
Tran Sy Tien, deputy head of
the division for rural development at the municipal Department of Agriculture
and Rural Development, said agricultural tourism has developed in the city for
several years but yet to flourish. To boost agricultural and craft village
tourism, authorities should make a tourism development plan in the new-style
rural area building programme and multiply such models as the Bat Trang pottery
village and Van Phuc silk village.
Some experts held that due to
strong urban development, people have high demand for relaxation at the
weekend. Therefore, Hanoi should foster farm tourism and tap into natural
values to promote relaxation and exploration tourism.
From a remote area, Ba Vi district
has emerged as a bright spot of tourism thanks to its optimisation of local natural
conditions and special cultural identities of the Muong and Dao ethnic minority
Vice Chairman of the Ba Vi People’s
Committee Nguyen Duc Anh noted the district is expected to welcome more than 2
million tourist arrivals in 2022.
Some experts also recommended
Hanoi strongly improve the quality of tourism human resources, which they said
is important to winning visitors’ satisfaction and enhancing the city’s attractiveness.
Pham Diem Hao, deputy head of
the division for planning and development of tourism resources at the municipal
Tourism Department, said the sector is encouraging enterprises and localities
to develop new and unique tourism products based on advantages of each area,
noting that it is facilitating experience, sports, relaxation, health, and homestay
tourism in Ba Vi district, Son Tay town, and Soc Son district; shopping tourism
in Dong Anh and Soc Son districts; along with night and culinary tourism in the
In the time ahead, the
Tourism Department will devise mechanisms for assisting enterprises and
localities to build and upgrade their tourism products, she added./.