An estimate of 1.7 million foreign visitors flocked to Hanoi during the National Tourism Year 2010, representing a year-on-year increase of 62 percent.

The figures were announced by Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, Vice Chairperson of the Hanoi People’s Committee, at a ceremony in Hanoi on Jan. 25 to review the implementation of the National Tourism Year 2010, which highlighted Thang Long-Hanoi and its 1,000 year-old history.

The ceremony, jointly held by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the municipal Department of Culture, Sports an Tourism, was attended by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and the city’s authorities.

Hanoi welcomed 10.6 million domestic arrivals last year, up 10 percent compared with the pervious year. Especially, over 30,000 foreign visitors and 1.2 million domestic tourists flocked to the city during the 10-day grand celebration of the 1,000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, Hang said.

According to Hang, the National Tourism Year 2010, hosted by Hanoi , had received a strong support from ministries, agencies and the entire people.

It was organised with a wide range of activities to mark Hanoi ’s millennium anniversary, thus, helping to promote the city’s position and image to the world, Hang noted.

On the occasion, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the municipal People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to units and individuals who had greatly contributed to the success of the event.

Deputy PM Hung handed over the host of the National Tourism Year 2011 to the central coastal province of Phu Yen./.