Close to 1.6 million tourists arrived in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue in the first six months of this year, including 572,000 international visitors.

The tourism sector raked in 1.4 trillion VND (67 million USD) in revenue, a year-on-year rise of 2 percent.

The 2015 Hue Traditional Craft Festival, hosted on the occasion of national public holidays (April 30 and May 1), drew more than 100,000 visitors, up 22 percent from the previous year.

The Hue Relics Preservation Centre has to date welcomed nearly 1.1 million visitors, half of whom are from abroad, Director of the centre Phan Thanh Hai said.

Besides launching the Golden Tourism Week programme on April 22-28 and June 15-21, the centre has organised a wide range of activities to serve visitors such as music performances, royal parties and exhibitions.

The province plans to improve tourism infrastructure, such as completing construction of the Dien Bien Phu road to serve tourism in the southwest part of Hue imperial city – a UNESCO-recognised world heritage – while upgrading relic sites in the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, the Revolution and History Museum and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

The locality will also improve the quality of charter flights from Bangkok to Hue and vice versa and open at least six direct flights between the two sides. Other plans will implement programmes to promote tourism investments in Hong Kong (China) and at the Korea World Travel Fair (KOTFA) and the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) tourism expo.-VNA