Travel to Vietnam: Cruise tourists to Da Nang on the rise
This year, Da Nang Vietnam has already welcomed four big cruise ships with 1,400 foreign tourists, 2.5 times more than the same period last year.
According to Duong Thi Tho, Head of the Tourism Management Division under the Da Nang Tourism Department, on January 13 alone, Da Nang received two cruise ships at Tien Sa port, which brought around 500 foreign travellers. These include the Seaburn Spirit with 200 foreign tourists from France, the US and Spain, which was received by Tan Hong Travel Company and docked at wharf No 1 at 7 am. Three hours later, at 10 am, the Costa Allegra, with 300 tourists from Hong Kong and China, was received by Saigontourist and docked at wharf No 4.
Tourists on the cruise ships are always led to do sightseeing in Da Nang Vietnam, the imperial capital city of Hue and Hoi An ancient town. Moreover, the two Vietnamese travel companies also led them to the Da Nang city centre. For the first time, the five-star guests were able to travel the city on cyclo, the traditional means of transport in Vietnam.
As such, in the first 15 days of January, the sea city of Da Nang received four cruise ships, which brought 1,400 international tourists. In January, Da Nang plans to receive 4,000 cruise tourists, up by 2.5 times compared to the same period last year. It is expected that in 2007, Da Nang will receive 53 cruise ships with 21,000 travellers (the figures were 26 ships and 13,500 tourists in 2006).
According to Ms Tho, the number of ships and tourists to come to Da Nang in 2007 will be the biggest ever in the last three years. Saigontourist has been leading in attracting tourists to the sea city in the central region, where there is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The higher number of cruise ships has helped raise the room occupancy capacity in hotels in Da Nang City. Furama resort, for example, was 70% occupied in January, up by 20% over the same period the previous year.
Ms Tho has pointed out that the biggest problem of Da Nang tourism is the lack of four and five star hotels capable of receiving high-class guests from Europe. Furama is the only five star resort in the city, while Sandy Beach has just been recognised as a four-star resort, and other hotels are three-star. That explains why foreign tourists from the US and Europe mainly stay in Hue and Hoi An after going to Da Nang. The majority of the tourists staying in three star hotels in Da Nang are regional tourists, mainly coming from Thailand.
Ms Tho said that this year Da Nang would see two more four star hotels operational. The Riverside Hotel will be put into operation in February or March, while the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Hotel is expected to open its doors at the end of the year. The appearance of new high-grade hotels is hoped will help improve the accommodation situation in Da Nang Vietnam .
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