Hanoi – Hanoi will bring into full play the opportunity of
hosting the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in May to attract
tourists to the city, according to the municipal Tourism Authority.
To anticipate this event, Hanoi has prepared numerous
activities, with focus on its typical tourism product and promoting the image of
a friendly and attractive capital city.
Director of the municipal Tourism Authority Dang Huong Giang
said that it has built and selected several typical tours and programmes to
visit famous landscapes and enjoy unique cuisine of the capital to introduce to
international sport delegations, athletes and reporters. These tours are built
and adjusted to suit the needs of visitors.
A series of events are scheduled to take place in late April
and May such as the Hanoi Tourism Gift Festival (April 29 to May 1), Hanoi
Tourism Festival (May 13-15), Hanoi Cuisine and Craft Village Tourism Festival
Through these events, the city will introduce Southeast
Asian athletes and their fans, as well as international reporters and visitors, to the
culture, economic potential, tourism, and friendly relations of Hanoi.
To welcome SEA Games 31 guests, the municipal Tourism
Authority has held three training courses targeting staffs of accommodations
and those involving community-based tourism.
To date, the Department of Culture and Sports has made eight
short films featuring the city’s culture, cuisine and craft villages, which
will be screened at tourist accommodations.
Hanoi sets a target of welcoming around 3.2 million tourists
in the second quarter of this year, including 150,000-200,000 foreigners./.