Foreign visitors to the Complex of Hue Monuments. (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue welcomed 320,000 visitors, including 262,000 foreigners, in January, a year-on-year surge of 30 percent.

During the Calendar New Year holiday alone, the former imperial capital city of Hue received over 35,000 visitors, 80 percent of whom came from foreign countries.

This year, the locality will continue to develop “Hue-One Destination, Five World Heritages” tour (including the Complex of Hue Monuments, royal court music, woodblocks and imperial records of the Nguyen Dynasty and Chinese-script poetry on Hue royal architecture.

Local tourism sector set a target of welcoming 4-4.2 million visitors in 2018, 10 percent higher than last year. Revenue from tourism services is expected to surge 15 percent to 4-4.2 trillion VND (176.4-185.2 million USD).

Preservation will be made to a line-up of architectural works like Kien Trung palace, the Purple Forbidden City (Tu Cam Thanh) and Duc Duc tomb. The preservation centre has applied high technology to preserve landscapes at the relic sites.

Last year, more than 3 million people, including 1.8 million foreigners, visited the UNESCO world heritage site. Total revenue from tourism last year was 155 million USD.-VNA