In 2009, despite the global financial crisis and economic downturn, Hanoi travel attracted 1.05 million foreign visitors. The capital city is expected to attract 1.4 million foreign visitors in 2010. But experts have assessed that this is not proportional with the capital's potential.
The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism sponsored seminar 'Promotion of investment in Hanoi tourism' on December 17, 2010, which attracted representatives from about 200 domestic and foreign businesses operating in the field of tourism. At the seminar, the department's deputy director, Mai Tien Dung provided investors with useful information about tourism development opportunities in Hanoi. He said that in the coming years, Hanoi will make a full use of natural resources and cultural and historical values to diversify its range of tourist offerings, and that the Thang Long Royal Citadel, which was recognized as a world cultural heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Doctorate Stone Steles of Le Dynasty and Mac Dynasty (1442-1779) in Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam that were recognized as documentary heritages by UNESCO, the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural and many other cultural and historical relic sites in Hanoi are expected to help attract more visitors travel to Hanoi in the coming time.
Under a Hanoi People's Committee plan, the city will complete an overall plan for tourism development to 2020 and a related vision to 2050 and detailed plans for different tourist attractions to provide information for tourism development investors. The seminar was an opportunity for the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Department of Planning and Investment of the capital to announce lists of tourism projects needing domestic and foreign investment.
Hanoi travel encourages investment in the Vietnam Ethnic Culture and Tourism Village, Ba Vi, Soc Son, Co Loa, Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi Temple of Literature), Huong Son, Duong Lam ancient village, Tay Phuong Pagoda, Thay Pagoda and many other pagodas and temples in Hanoi, craft villages, shopping centers, parks and other entertainment centers. The capital also encourages investment in urban infrastructure such as deluxe hotels, high-rise buildings, shopping centers, tourist and ecological urban areas and public passenger transport systems.
Nguyen Thanh Tinh from the Hanoi Department of Planning and Investment said that Hanoi prioritizes domestic and foreign investment projects serving modernization, development improvement and sustainable development approach purposes while applying a one-door policy to investment licensing and being willing to provide assistance including consultancy and planning, market, price and investment location information for investors.
Ravi Kumar, the chief representative of the Clark Group (India) in Vietnam, said that Clark Group has three kinds of hotel, of which one is of the guesthouse model that is of a four-star or higher grade and was designed for businessmen and tourists, one is high-grade resorts and apartment hotels for families, and the other is deluxe hotels. Clark Group has been succeeding in attracting tourists, he said. In the next 30 years, the group will develop 100 hotel and restaurant chains in Southeast Asia and Hanoi will be the first important part of this plan, Ravi Kumar said. At the seminar, he expressed a wish to invest in tourism in Hanoi.
Mai Tien Dung, the deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that investment in Hanoi tourism needs to be compliant with sustainable development and environment protection plans and cater for purposes of making a full use of natural resources and cultural and historical values to create unique tourist offerings of the capital