Jun 25, 2019 / 15:57

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 17 million visitors in H1/2019

The Hanoitimes - In order to attract more holidaymakers, in the last six-month of 2019, Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will continue implementing its plan to build new and diverse products.

Ho Chi Minh City welcomed 17 million visitors in the first six-month of 2019, Hanoimoi newspaper reported, citing the municipal Department of Tourism.
 
Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 17 million visitors in H1/2019.
Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 17 million visitors in H1/2019.
Of the total visitors, 4.2 million were foreigners, up 10.1% year on year, and 12.8 million were domestic tourists, meeting 40% of the year’s target. 
Accordingly, the city earned VND73 trillion (US$3.13 billion) from tourist services in the first half of 2019, a rise of 16.6% over the same period last year.
In order to attract more holidaymakers, in the last six-month of 2019, the municipal Department of Tourism will continue implementing its plan to build new and diverse products. The department will coordinate with Cu Chi district to develop agricultural tourism in association with the national target program to build new-style rural areas.
In addition, the city also has a plan to build an eco-tourism model in Thanh An commune of suburban Can Gio district. Besides, Ho Chi Minh City will also build seven river tourism routes and a strategy to develop meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) tourism towards 2025.
Earlier, Ho Chi Minh City has been named among 15 of the best budget destinations around the world to fully enjoy your golden years, according to a list released by Conservative Daily News, a conservative news and opinion website by Rich Mitchell known in early 2009 as PlainHardTruth.com.
“Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam is a great base point to start a Southeast Asian tour. You might recognize it by the old name, Saigon, made famous by the Broadway musical Miss Saigon,” Conservative Daily News wrote.
It is an eclectic, busy city with streets packed with motorcycles and cars. The food is really what makes Vietnam a popular destination. The renowned pho is made of broth with rice noodles, beef is the most popular flavor. Spring rolls, both fried and non-fried, are another staple in the cuisine. Pro tip: the shops and stalls with names such as “Aunty” or “Chi” are usually the best ones.