Tourists visit Thang Long Imperial Citadel (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi welcomed nearly 250,000 tourists during the recent three-day National Day holiday, up 9 percent compared with the same period last year.

According to the capital’s Department of Tourism, the number of foreign visitors to the city from September 1-3 surpassed 36,700, of whom approximately 26,500 stayed overnight, year-on-year rises of 16 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

The tourism sector earned 645 billion VND (27.7 million USD), up 5 percent year on year.

Notable tourist attractions in the city include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism.

This year, Hanoi expects to serve more than 25.4 million holidaymakers, including 5.5 million foreigners, and gross some 75.78 trillion VND (3.33 billion USD) in revenue.

Last year, the city welcomed nearly 5 million foreign vacationers, up 23 percent against the previous year.-VNA