International tourists flock to Vietnam on New Year holiday

(VOV) -The number of foreign visitors to Vietnam has risen sharply during the 2014 New Year holiday as many provinces and cities across the country have offered attractive tourism services and incentives.

24 German tourists visit Hoi An ancient town

The central Quang Nam prince’s Hoi An ancient town hosted a ceremony on the first day of the New Year to welcome the first international tourist delegation from Germany.

The event aimed at promoting a beautiful, hospitable and friendly city took place at Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda) – a world famous tourist destination in Hoi An.

Truong Van Bay, Vice Chairman of the Hoi An city People’s Committee, said as well as excellent tourism services, local residents are encouraged to be friendly and welcoming towards international visitors. Hoi An has set up twin relationship with many cities around the world to boost cross-cultural exchange.

HCM City welcomes 180 foreign tourists

On January 1, HCM City received the first international delegation of 180 tourists at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Coming from Hong Kong (China), the US, and various European countries, they were warmly welcomed and presented with New Year gifts from representatives from the HCM City Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

In 2013, HCM City received 4.1 million international arrivals, up 8.1% from the previous year.. La Quoc Khanh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said in 2014 the city will aim to keep a close eye on promising new markets such as Japan, Russia and the Middle East.

Hanoi visitors welcomed in Hue city


20 first visitors from Hanoi were welcomed at a January ceremony in the former imperial city of Hue in central Thua Thien-Hue.

Nearly 2.6 million tourists visited Hue in 2013, including more than 900,000 international visitors, generating a revenue of almost VND2,470 billion, 11% higher than last year’s figures.

Thua Thien-Hue is offering new tourism services and incentive tours in the hope of attracting 2.7 million arrivals in 2014.

To achieve the set target, Phan Tien Dung, Director of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said it is essential to upgrade infrastructure of key tourist attractions, increase the quality and frequency of flights to Hue and improve services at Chan May port.

Tourism promotion abroad is also vital to help foreigners obtain information on the tourism potential and value in Vietnam, he added.