International holiday-makers visit One- Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The capital city of Hanoi hopes to welcome nearly 21.2 million tourists in 2016, including 3.765 million international visitors, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.

The city targets to rake in more than 60 trillion VND (2.7 billion USD) from tourism services this year, rising 8.11 percent against 2015.

In a bid to realise the goal, the tourism sector will focus on raising public awareness of tourism development, bolstering domestic and international cooperation to lure more tourists while enhancing tourism promotion activities.

In addition to providing support and addressing difficulties for enterprises, organisations and individuals joining in tourism development, the sector will invest more in human resource training.

Last year, the city received nearly 3.4 million foreign holiday-makers and 16.4 million domestic vacationers. Total tourism revenues were estimated at over 55.5 trillion VND (2.5 billion USD).

Hanoi was listed by the Lonely Planet- the world’s popular travel guide book publisher- in the Top 10 best-value destinations for 2016. The city was also named among top 5 best cities for low-budget vacations in 2015 by DrPrem, a renowned travel and tourism website.-VNA