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Hanoi has grounds for further accelerating tourism recovery

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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.

Hanoi has grounds for further accelerating tourism recovery hinh anh 1A natural landscape in Ba Vi district of Hanoi (Photo: nhandan.vn)

Hanoi
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.

The capital
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.

Nguyen
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
local tourism.

The number
of room bookings has increased by 30% over the last six months, he noted.

Director
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
groups.

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
Old Quarter.

In the time ahead, the
Tourism Department will devise mechanisms for assisting enterprises and
localities to build and upgrade their tourism products, she added./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-has-grounds-for-further-accelerating-tourism-recovery/243068.vnp

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New products, services needed to reach tourism targets

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To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 1Visitors to Hanoi on a bus tour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion
VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop
more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

The
VNDirect Securities JSC held that the aviation and tourism industries will
record breakthrough growth from 2023 thanks to the strong recovery of
international markets.

The
number of foreign arrivals in Vietnam is predicted to completely return to pre-pandemic
levels by next year 2024 and be equivalent to 118.9% of the 2019 figure, before the COVID-19
broke out, a year later, the Lao dong (Labour) daily reported.

The
UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently also forecast the international
tourist number may reach 80 – 95% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023.

The
Vietfoot Travel company said the country’s tourism sector, including travel and
event planning firms, will have opportunities to bounce back and soon regain
its 2019 growth trend.

Vietnam
welcomed 871,200 international arrivals in January. It targets 8 million foreigners for this year.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 2Foreign tourists visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi by pedicab. (Photo: VNA)

Despite
a surge in the tourist number since the year’s beginning, the sector is still
facing difficulties and challenges.

Lao
dong quoted General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
Nguyen Trung Khanh as saying that due to impacts of the global economic recession
and domestic socio-economic changes, travellers’ purchasing power has decreased
and they tend to curb spending on middle- and high-end services.

To
achieve the set targets, many experts recommended the sector develop new products
and services, diversify and improve the quality of services, and increase
experiences to meet tourists’ demand.

They
added travel businesses should also increase communications and promotion
activities, stay updated with market trends, and ensure security and safety of
destinations. It is also necessary to enhance tourism connectivity among
localities to attract more domestic and international visitors./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-products-services-needed-to-reach-tourism-targets/248002.vnp

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Unique products needed to boost HCM City’s tourism

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Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector is continuing to recover strongly and posting many impressive results. The city’s efforts in improving product quality and creating new offerings have given the sector a boost, but limitations remain that need to be addressed for the city to become an appealing destination, especially for international visitors.

In the heart of modern, bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine boasts an older appearance. For more than ten years, the museum has offered an interesting experience to visitors, showcasing a collection of more than 3,000 precious artifacts relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine from the Stone Age to the present.

However, there are few opportunities for visitors to engage in activities to learn about traditional medicine or receive health advice. The museum is therefore not widely known among visitors to the city.

“One district, one tourism product” is the new mantra from Ho Chi Minh City to expand tours and offerings. 20 districts have announced typical tourism products so far.

However, while there are unique and well-known destinations such as Cu Chi Tunnels and various monuments and attractions in the city centre, newly-launched products are only prominent in certain areas. 

Insiders liken travel resources to baking ingredients. Ho Chi Minh City has many ingredients, but there is a shortage of bakers and few ways to make delicious cakes, or unique tourism products. 

Analysts have suggested that the city adopt a clear development strategy and goals and position itself as a must-see destination based on unique offerings and key brand values, so that it is not simply a transit point./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-products-needed-to-boost-hcm-citys-tourism/247973.vnp

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HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam

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As a result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences for travellers in Vietnam.

HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam hinh anh 1Travellers in a Vespa tour in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City – As a
result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several
has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences
for travellers in Vietnam.

The list was announced by the
Vietnam Record Organisation (VietKings) last month.

Among them, a tour gives travellers
a chance to try working as a physician and learn about traditional medicine at
the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in District 10.

The private museum, opened by the FITO
Pharma Co.Ltd, features more than 3,000 precious objects related to traditional
medicine of Vietnam, including herb slicers and grinders dating back some 2,500
years, a collection of books with over 100,000 pages in total written in Han (Chinese)
and Nom (old Chinese-like script of Vietnam), and hundreds of valuable
remedies.

Another tour in the list is a dining-in-the-dark journey at Noir Restaurant,
where tourists can enjoy delicate tastes and structures of dishes completely in
the dark with services provided by well-trained visually-impaired waiters and
waitresses.

It brings about not only dining
experiences but also a chance for exchange between the abled and the disabled.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the HCM City Tourism Department, said that
since 2022, the southern metropolis has reaped success in the programme
developing one typical tourism product for each district. The department has also
been striving to reform products so that the city can become a must-visit
destination.

Efforts have proved fruitful, she
noted, adding that HCM City now boasts more than 60 tourism products, including
30 new ones of local districts and Thu Duc city./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-citys-tourism-products-among-top-unique-tours-in-vietnam/247958.vnp

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