A representative of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre presents gifts to the 2.5 millionth tourist on December 26 (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The Complex of Hue Monuments, located in central Thua Thien-Hue province, welcomed the 2.5 millionth tourist this year on December 26.

The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre presented gifts to the 2.5 millionth tourist who was from Switzerland.

The number of visitors to the Complex of Hue Monuments so far this year increased by almost 500,000 from a year earlier. That includes more than 1.4 million foreigners, rising by over 15 percent from 2015.

Ticket proceeds in 2016 are expected to total more than 260 billion VND (11.4 million USD), 31 percent higher than the year’s target.

That success is attributable to three tourism stimulus campaigns launched by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre in 2016.

Visiting the Complex these days, tourists will have a chance to enjoy the re-enactment of royal rites such as the changing of the guard at Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), the performance of Nha Nhac (court music) at Thai Hoa (Supreme Harmony) Palace and The Mieu (Ancestral Temple), and Ca Hue singing at Truong Sanh (Longevity) Palace.

They can also visit several relics free of charge or get discounts on certain services when coming to the Complex.

In 2017, the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre plans to step up stimulus packages while diversifying tourism services to attract more tourists to the former imperial capital of Vietnam.-VNA