The capital city of Hanoi received 5.12 million tourists, including 615,000 foreigners, in the first quarter of 2013, representing a year-on-year increase of 17 percent.

According to the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, in the second quarter, Hanoi’s tourism sector will increase the promotion of its image and improve the quality of tourism products, especially tours of traditional craft villages.

It will also create new products linking tourist sites and heritages.

In response to the National Tourism Year of Red River Delta-Hai Phong 2013, the sector will coordinate with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the Vietnam Tourism Association in organising the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM Hanoi 2013) this month and a festival of trade villages in the Red River Delta in October this year.

Last year, Hanoi greeted 14.4 million visitors, including 2.1 million foreigners and 12.3 domestic tourists.-VNA