Foreign tourists gather on a street in Hanoi's Old Quarter (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The total number of visitors to Hanoi is estimated to hit 26.04 million this year, up 9.3 percent from 2017, as released at a regular press conference of the municipal Party Committee on December 11.

Among these visitors, there are about 5.74 million foreigners, of whom 60 percent come from Asia and some 24 percent from Europe. Tourism is calculated to earn the capital more than 75.8 trillion VND (3.26 billion USD) throughout the year, an annual increase of 11.7 percent.

Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Nguyen Anh Dung attributed the outcomes to the city’s expansion of cooperation programmes with other localities nationwide and with organisations it holds membership in, like the Council for Promoting Tourism in Asia (CPTA) and the Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia-Pacific Cities (TPO).

He said the promotion of Hanoi among the global audience of the US’ Cable News Network (CNN) and the local authorities’ building of a smart tourism system also contributed to the results.

To keep such growth momentum, the department has recently set out a variety of measures. Accordingly, it will intensify communications activities to promote international sports events hosted by the city, like the Formula One (F1) race in 2020 and the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2021. Cooperation with international airlines, travel agencies, and other related organisations are prioritised with a focus on key tourist markets like the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and India. The department will pay attention to promotion work at international exhibitions and continue its collaboration with other localities in Vietnam.

In 2019, Hanoi aims to welcome 28.58 million tourists for a revenue of 84.78 trillion VND (3.64 billion USD), up 9.8 and 11.8 percent from the 2018 estimates, respectively. Of the total visitors, there will be about 6.66 million foreigners. –VNA