International arrivals to Hanoi on upswing hinh anh 1Foreign visitors at the well-known One-pillar Pagoda in Hanoi. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Nearly three million foreign visitors have arrived in Hanoi from the outset of 2015, rising 14 percent from the same period last year, Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Do Dinh Hong said on December 11.

The capital city welcomed holiday-makers from 160 countries and territories worldwide, according to Hong.

Despite global economic downturn, Hanoi has seen impressive growth of foreign travellers with an annual average growth rate of 10 percent, he said.

In the past few years, the city’s tourism sector has made concerted efforts to improve management efficiency and develop high-quality and competitive tourism products such as historic-cultural sites, handicraft items, festivals, and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) tourism.

In addition, the tourism department pays attention to promoting and building Hanoi tourism brand.

The city is focusing to make investment in comprehensive and modern facilities as well as create top-quality tourism packages, making Hanoi become an attractive destination in the country and the region at large.-VNA