Lan Ha Bay in Cat Ba island (Photo: VNA)
Hai Phong (VNA) – The northern port city of Hai Phong welcomed 1.32 million tourists in the first three months of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 6.17 percent.

Of which, the number of international visitors reached 163,000.

The increase was attributed to the city’s efforts to develop transport infrastructure, especially the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway, Tan Vu – Lach Huyen highway and bridge, Lach Huyen international gateway port, and Cat Bi international airport.

It was estimated that Cat Bi international airport served 3,900 flights in January – March, a yearly increase of 50.93 percent, including 308 outbound flights to Seoul in the Republic of Korea, Bangkok in Thailand, and Guangzhou in China.

The city is promoting tourism via conferences and workshops while embracing links with provinces and cities in the country and foreign nations as well.

At a recent workshop on Japan’s trade and tourism promotion in Hai Phong, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Van Thanh said the city strives to optimize all potential and advantages to achieve new developments as well as apply numerous measures to improve the local business investment environment.

Hai Phong is proximate to many world heritage sites in the northern part of Vietnam such as Thang Long imperial citadel in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh, and Trang An scenic landscape complex in Ninh Binh.

It is home to popular destinations like Do Son beach, Hon Dau and Cat Ba islands, together with historical and cultural relic sites. - VNA