Visitors at "Ngo Mon" - Gate of Noon, the maingate to the Imperial City, Hue City. (Source: VNA) 

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – Central Thua Thien-Hue province will launch a “golden week” of tourism from December 24-30, expecting it to pick up tourist arrivals by 8 percent to 3.15 million this year.

It also sets to earn 3 trillion VND, or 133.4 million USD, in tourism revenue in the year, contributing to 55 percent of the local Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

To that end, a wide range of special offers will be given to visitors to Hue relic sites during the week, for example, discount tickets for students, free admission to King Thieu Tri Mausoleum and An Dinh Palace when purchasing tickets for a tour to Imperial City – King Minh Mang Mausoleum – King Khai Dinh Mausoleum, and 30 percent off tickets to Royal Court Music concerts at Duyet Thi Duong Theatre.

This year, provincial authority has adopted a number of measures to boost local tourism sector. They have fostered regional cooperation for tourism development, opened new flight routes, and worked to attract cruise ship visitors.

According to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Thua Thien- Hue worked with neighbouring Da Nang and Quang Nam to promote tours to tourism hotspots in the three localities among holidaymakers from Japan, the Republic of Korea and Western Europe countries.

The trio plan to together build a common tourism brand identity and issue tourism marketing materials including promotional CDs, tourism handbooks and bags.

Thua Thien-Hue province welcomed approximately 2.9 million travellers, including more than 948,000 from overseas, in the last 11 months, up 7 percent and 3.39 percent from the same period last year, respectively. It earned nearly 2.55 trillion VND (about 113.3 million USD) in revenue, up 2.53 percent.-VNA