|Photo taken of foreign tourists in Ha Noi. The capital city targets more than 21 million tourists this year, an increase of nearly 7 per cent. — VNS Photo Doan Tung
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi plans to receive approximately 21.2 million tourists in 2016, up 6.95 per cent from last year.
The figure includes 3.8 million foreigners and 17.4 million domestic tourists. Together, they are expected to generate more than VND60 trillion (US$2.68 billion) for the municipal tourism sector, up 8.11 per cent against last year.
To realise the targets, the city will boost tourism promotions and connection at home and abroad, with a focus on key markets such as France, the UK, Germany, the US, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia.
The sector will participate in the 15th annual meeting of the Council for Promoting Tourism in Asia (CPTA) and the Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities (TPO), while promoting bilateral cooperation programmes with CPTA member cities and organising travel fairs in foreign countries.
The capital city came fourth on the list of the world's top 25 travel destinations in the 2015 Travellers' Choice Awards named by prestigious travel website TripAdvisor.
Lonely Planet, the world's most popular travel guide, has listed the capital city and HCM City in the top 10 best-value destinations for 2016.
Both Ha Noi and HCM City came second in the list as they were said to be in "that most magical of price brackets" for budget travellers. Foreign visitors only need around 20 USD per day for food, lodging and sightseeing in the two cities.
Viet Nam's two metropolises were also named among the top 5 best cities for low budget vacations in 2015 earlier this year by DrPrem, a renowned travel and tourism website.
The rankings were based on average daily expenditure on food, accommodation and transportation. — VNS