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Foreign tourists flock to Vietnam on New Year’s Day

Foreign tourists flock to Vietnam on New Year's DayThe number of foreign visitors to Vietnam has risen sharply during the 2014 New Year holiday as many provinces and cities across the country have offered attractive tourism services and incentives.

24 German tourists visit Hoi An ancient town

The central Quang Nam province’s Hoi An ancient town hosted a ceremony on the first day of the New Year to welcome the first international tourist delegation from Germany.

The event aimed at promoting a beautiful, hospitable and friendly city took place at Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda) – a world famous tourist destination in Hoi An.

Truong Van Bay, Vice Chairman of the Hoi An city People’s Committee, said as well as  excellent tourism services, local residents are encouraged to be friendly and welcoming towards international visitors. Hoi An has set up twin relationship with many cities around the world to boost cross-cultural exchange.

Quang Nam receives 3.4 million arrivals in 2013

Hoi An, the ancient city of Quang Nam province welcomed the 1.6 millionth foreign tourist on December 31, bringing the total number of arrivals to the central province in 2013 to more than 3.4 million, up 20% from the previous year.

The number of foreign tourists to Quang Nam saw a year-on-year increase of 19% and has been attributed to the provinces improved tourism services.

Ho Tan Cuong, Deputy Director of the Quang Nam provincial Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said as well as tourism services, Quang Nam has paid close attention to creating a safe and friendly environment for visitors.

The same day, Hoi An city also organised a street festival to celebrate the 2014 New Year, including a fashion show, a fireworks display, and colorful music and dance performances.

HCM City welcomes 180 foreign tourists

On January 1, HCM City received the first international delegation of 180 tourists at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Coming from Hong Kong (China), the US, and various European countries, they were warmly welcomed and presented with New Year gifts from representatives from the HCM City Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

In 2013, HCM City received 4.1 million international arrivals, up 8.1% from the previous year..  La Quoc Khanh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said in 2014 the city will aim to  keep a close eye on promising new markets such as Japan, Russia and the Middle East.

Hanoi visitors welcomed in Hue city

20 first visitors from Hanoi were welcomed at a January ceremony in the former imperial city of Hue in central Thua Thien-Hue.

Nearly 2.6 million tourists visited Hue in 2013, including more than 900,000 international visitors, generating a revenue of almost VND2,470 billion, 11% higher than last year’s figures.

Thua Thien-Hue  is offering new tourism services and incentive tours in the hope of attracting 2.7 million arrivals in 2014.

To achieve the set target, Phan Tien Dung, Director of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, said it is essential to upgrade infrastructure of key tourist attractions, increase the quality and frequency of flights to Hue and improve services at Chan May port.

Tourism promotion abroad is also vital  to help foreigners obtain information on the tourism potential and value in Vietnam, he added.

(Source: VOV)