Localities in central Vietnam have seen an increasing number of domestic and international tourists in the past two years, particularly over national holidays, thanks to a range of promotional activities and stronger provincial tourism links.

With regard to tourism, the central region, boasting numerous world heritage sites, beautiful beaches and high end resorts, has made a name for itself as “the central heritage road” or “The East-West Economic Corridor”, making it a popular destination for tourists.

Da Nang City - the “gateway” linking the world heritage sites of My Son Sanctuary and the Ancient Town of Hoi An in Quang Nam province with the imperial city of Hue - attracted close to 91,000 visitors for National Day (September 2), up by 36,7 percent compared to 2013.

This figure includes over 20,000 international tourists, representing an increase of 50 percent compared to last year, according to Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Chi Cuong.

The Ancient Town of Hoi An welcomed close to 10,000 visitors over the holiday, half of whom were from abroad, according to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dinh Hai.

The town was rated one of the top places in the world for its nightlife by UK Rough Guide magazine, and second best city in Asia, after Kyoto, Japan, by the world’s premier travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller.

About 30,000 holiday-makers flocked to the imperial city of Hue for September 2, including 10,000 foreigners. Built under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), Hue Citadel was recognised as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.

Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa welcomed more than 35,000 tourists over the past few days, including nearly 10,000 international visitors. The city is a well-known beach destination with a 10-kilometre long coastline of white sand beaches, with clear warm waters all year round.-VNA