Hanoi welcomes 5.74 million international tourists in 2018 hinh anh 1The hop-on hop-off bus in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The capital city of Hanoi welcomed 5.74 million foreign visitors in 2018, up 16 percent against 2017, among 26 million tourists spending time in  the city.

With this outcome, the tourism sector has reached its target of receiving 5.7 million foreign tourists set out in the municipal Party Committee’s resolution on tourism development in 2016-2020 two years ahead of schedule.

Hanoi is ranked 12th among the 25 best global destinations in 2018, and one of the two cities in Vietnam to enter the most prominent group in the world in terms of room reservation.

The city was nominated by the World Travel Awards as one of the 17 candidates for a prize of the world’s leading city destination 2018.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, tourists from Asian nations make up about 60 percent of the total number of international visitors to the capital, Europe 24 percent, the Americas 9 percent, and the remaining from Oceania and Asia.

Hanoi’s key tourism markets include China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, France, the US, the UK, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. 

Yoshimi Ando, a tourist from Japan, said Hanoi is attractive to visitors because of its unique culture, history and natural landscape.

He shared that during his stay in Hanoi, he visited many historical places and studied the capital’s traditional culture as well as experienced the life of people in the Old Quarter. 

Popular destinations in Hanoi can be named as the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh, the Temple of Literature and National University (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam), the Hanoi Old Quarter, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.

The community-based tourism in Hanoi’s Ba Vi district and organic agriculture tourism in Me Linh, Thanh Tri and Ung Hoa districts, and the ancient village tourism in Duong Lam and Cu Da also attract visitors.

The city aims to greet 6.7 million foreign visitors, out of nearly 28.6 million tourists in 2019.-VNA