Lan Ha Bay in Hai Phong city. The city drew 3.07 million holiday-makers in the first half of the year. (Photo: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) – The alluring landscapes of Do Son, Hon Dau, Cat Ba island and many other historic and cultural sites helped the northern port city of Hai Phong draw 3.07 million holiday-makers in the first half of the year, up 10.7 percent from the same period in 2016.

Of the total number, over 355,500 foreigners visited the city in the period.

According to Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Xuan Binh, breakthroughs in infrastructure are a tremendous drive for the city’s tourism development.

Tan Vu-Lach Huyen bridge, Bach Dang bridge, expansion of National Highway 10 and Hanoi-Hai Phong highway - the most modern expressway in Vietnam - have connected Hai Phong city and other localities nationwide, Binh said.

Construction has begun on Nguyen Binh Khiem flyover as well as Hoang Van Thu, Tam Bac, Han and Dang bridges and a coastal road connecting Hai Phong city and its neighbouring Thai Binh province.

In addition, projects invested by large groups like Vingroup and Sungroup will give a facelift to the city, including a Vincom shopping mall, a complex of entertainment zone, housing and eco-park on Vu Yen island and a tourism complex on Cat Ba and Cat Hai islands.

The expansion of Cat Bi International Airport will help the city connect with the international aviation industry while creating a boost for the city’s socio-economic development. Travel agents in and outside the city have joined hands with some carriers like Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air to increase flight frequency to meet travel demands from customers.

Hai Phong city is making a beeline to develop standout tourism brand and products as well as works to improve human resource quality.-VNA