The Hanoitimes - Hanoi has received nearly 318,000 visitors during the National Reunification (April 30) and May Day (May 1) holidays starting on April 28.
In which, the capital city welcomed nearly 66,000 foreigners and 252,000 domestic tourists, respectively rising by 20% and 7%. Tourism generated VND904 billion (US$39.4 million) in revenue for Hanoi during the holiday, up 8% year-on-year, according to Hanoi Department of Tourism.
Popular attractions included the Temple of Literature, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ngoc Son Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Huong Pagoda, Khoang Xanh – Suoi Tien and Ao Vua tourist sites, and Ba Vi National Park.
Foreign visitors to Hanoi.
In addition, the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum welcomed nearly 51,000 visitors, including 11,500 foreigners. During the holidays, the management board has coordinated with units in the Ba Dinh Historical-Cultural Relic Complex, and authorised agencies of Hanoi to well serve domestic and foreign visitors. Especially, on May 1, the management board provided free water and breads for visitors.
Multiple activities were also held to serve tourists at places of interest such as the re-enactment of a market of ethnic people in mountainous Son La province at the Culture and Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups, martial arts and folk arts performances at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and folk games at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Meanwhile, the walking space around Hoan Kiem Lake and the neighbouring area was also extended to last from 7pm of April 27 through May 1, instead of only in the evening of Fridays and the weekend as usual.
Hotels in Hanoi also reported high occupancy rates, averaging about 63.5% at one- to five-star hotels. The countries with most tourists staying in the city during the holiday were China, South Korea, Japan, the UK, Germany, and France.