Top seven travel agents were honoured in Thua Thien-Hue tourism awards this year (Photo: VNA)
 
Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – Outstanding tourism businesses were honoured during a ceremony held on September 27 by the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

Accordingly, the awards for leading hotel operators were presented to Laguna Vietnam, and Kinh Thanh Hotel.

The top seven travel agents honoured this year include Vietnam Travel and Marketing Transports (Vietravel), Vietnamtourism Hanoi JSC, Apex Viet Nam Travel, Viet Media Travel, Saigontourist Travel Service’s Da Nang chapter, Vidotour Indochina Travel, and HG Hue JSC.

The top catering service provider award was handed over to DMZ Tourist, while Thien Huong received the title of top shopping service. The transport services award was presented to Phuong Ty Co.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung, who is also head of the organising board, said the Thua Thien-Hue tourism awards aim to improve the quality of tourism services in the province.

Thua Thien-Hue aims to attract 4-4.2 million visitors this year, which would be a rise of 10-12 percent year-on-year, with about 40-45 percent being foreigners. It hopes to record a 15 percent increase in tourism revenue to 4.2-4.3 trillion VND (184-189 million USD).

From the outset of the year, the province has organised a string of activities including cultural festivities, art performances, and cuisine festivals to lure more tourists to the locality.

It has also been raising the region’s attractiveness with public decorations, such as dressing the the Ky Dai (Flag Tower) with 1,000 LED lights and firing cannons from the tower.

The province recently approved a project worth 27 billion VND (1.15 million USD) to light up Dai Noi (Imperial Citadel) with LED bulbs to create another visual highlight for the city. 

Thua Thien-Hue is working to improve its tourism portal in Vietnamese and English, linking with the portals of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, as well as other localities and international cities to promote its tourism.

In the first nine months of 2018, Thua Thien-Hue welcomed nearly 3.5 million visitors, including 1.42 foreigners. Tourism revenue is so-far estimated at 3.38 trillion VND (144.67 million USD), up about 30.5 percent year-on-year. –VNA