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Hanoi's tourism industry sees positive growth during January-July

The city's tourism department is urging travel agencies and destinations to build attractive and unique tourism products.

In the first seven months of this year, the number of visitors to Hanoi increased by 3.6 times to touch 10.62 million, over the same period in 2021.

 Hanoi's tourism industry sees positive growth in the January-July period. Photo: Hai Linh

According to the Hanoi Department of Tourism, the city welcomed over 425,000 international arrivals and 10.2 million domestic visitors, an interannual increase of 3.5 times. Total revenue of the sector was estimated at VND31.9 trillion (US$1.36 billion), up 3.9 times year on year.

Thus, in comparison to the plan set by the city earlier this year, the capital’s tourism industry has completed the goal of welcoming 9-10 million tourists, including 1.2-2 million international visitors and earning total revenue of VND27.8-35.8 trillion ($1.2-1.5 billion).

In terms of accommodation, the average occupancy rate of lodging of all categories was estimated at 41.7% in the first seven months of this year, up 17.8% over the same period in 2021. The average occupancy rate of hotels reached about 31.7%, up 7.8% year on year.

Such results were favorable premises for the city's tourism to make progress in the near future, according to the municipal tourism department.

Dang Huong Giang, Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism said, in order for Hanoi to keep being a favorite destination, travel agencies and destinations should build more attractive and unique tourism products, which focus on harnessing local strengths such as adventure tourism, hot air balloon service at Ba Vi National Park, and paragliding for young and enthusiastic tourists.

Besides, local businesses are also encouraged to launch experience tourism, sports tourism, resort tourism combined with medical and wellness activities in Ba Vi, Son Tay, and Soc Son areas, night-time cultural tourism, and cuisine tours in the old quarter area of the city.

Hanoi has 26 food catering establishments, 34 shopping service businesses, eight entertainment facilities, and one sports service establishment which have been recognized as meeting standards for serving tourists.