Da Nang, Hanoi expect more travelers
Travelers to Vietnam, the central city of Da Nang plans to welcome two million visitors in 2010, posting an annual growth rate of 27%, pursuant to the city's programme on tourism development for the 2007-2010 period approved by the municipal People's Committee.
The city also aims to increase tourism revenues 29% annually over the same period.
To meet these targets, the city will upgrade existing tourism facilities and foster the implementation of large new tourism projects, including a plan to provide holiday-makers with 6,000-7,000 hotel rooms in the next four years.
In addition to diversifying tourist attractions. Da Nang Vietnam will also reward domestic and international tourist agencies who bring large numbers of visitors to the city.
The city will continue to focus on tourism promotion and marketing, as well as on boosting employment in the tourism sector in order to meet the increased demand for workers indicated by the goals for 2010.
By the year's end, Da Nang plans to receive over one million holiday visitors, generating over VND2.1tril (US$131mil) from travel services.
Meanwhile, another tourist centre, Hanoi Vietnam, has so far this year received 4.3mil domestic travellers and 926,400 foreign tourists.
Those foreign tourists mainly travel to Vietnam from China, South Korea, Japan, France, Australia and the US.
The number of Chinese visitors to the city saw a year-on-year rise of over 50% this year, while Australian tourists recorded an increase of over 40%, followed by France with 30%.
The capital's hotels reported that occupancy rates hovered around 75% for most of the period, but the peak season left travellers scrambling to find accommodation.
Hanoi Vietnam expects to welcome 360,000 foreigners in the remaining three months of the year, reaching its yearly target of attracting 1.2mil international arrivals.
(Source: Viet Nam News)