Hanoi sees sharp drop in tourist arrivals in nine months hinh anh 1Turtule Tower on Hoan Kiem Lake, a famous tourist attraction in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) Hanoi welcomed 2.9 million visitors, all from localities inside the country, in the first nine months of 2021, a fall of 57.5 percent year on year, according to the city’s Department of Tourism.

The department reported that total revenue of the sector also dropped 66.2 percent over the same period last year to 8.17 trillion VND (356.1 million USD).

In the coming time, the department will focus on strengthening COVID-19 prevention and control among businesses, organisations and individuals engaging in tourism activities in the city, while increasing the application of information technology in tourism management.

Alongside, the department will finalise and submit to the municipal People’s Committee a plan to organise a travel gift festival, and a plan on agricultural tourism development in line with new-style rural area building in the 2021-2025 period.

This year, the city’s tourism sector has set an overall target of catering to between 13.16 and 19.4 million tourists, including 10.96-15.34 million domestic visitors./.