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Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue welcomed more than 4 million visitors between January-November, up 19.7 percent year-on-year.

The figure includes more than 1.7 million foreign tourists, with the largest amount from the Republic of Korea (RoK) who account for a third of the total foreign arrivals.

During the period, the province saw stable growth in the number of holidaymakers from traditional markets like France, the US, Germany and the UK.

Notably, the number of tourists visiting Thua Thien-Hue by cruise ships rose sharply to 126,000, with cruises like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Tui Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Small Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises anchoring at Chan May Port.

Following studies launched in late November by the provincial Tourism Department, the locality plans to open more tours to Phuoc Tich ancient village, Ngu My Thanh community-based tourism area and some craft villages.

According to the provincial Tourism Department, the locality this December will host a conference on tourism promotion in the central coastal region, covering 11 localities in the central key economic area.

The event will see the participation of ambassadors and counsellors from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the US, representatives from the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), along with domestic and foreign investors and businesspeople.

The province earned more than 4 trillion VND (172 million USD) from the tourism sector in the January-November period, 128 percent of the yearly target.

The locality aims to serve 4-4.2 million tourists in 2018, up 10-12 percent against the previous year, with turnover from the sector up about 15-16 percent to 4-4.2 trillion VND.

Hue, the provincial capital, is the former capital of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty. It is home to five heritages recognised by UNESCO, namely the ancient citadel relic complex, the Hue royal court music, the Nguyen Dynasty wood blocks, the Nguyen Dynasty royal administrative documents and the literature on Hue royal architecture.-VNA