The Hanoitimes - Hanoi has received 1.2 million foreigners and 10.6 million Vietnamese in 2010, a year-on-year increase of 18 percent, thanks to its successfully organising the 1,000th anniversary and National Tourism Year.
Hanoi plans to have 11.8 million to 12 million Vietnamese visitors and 1.8 million to 2 million foreign ones in 2015.
To achieve the target, Mai Tien Dung, Deputy Director of the Municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that the city must make full use of natural resources, cultural and historical relics and diversify tourism products. It should combine tourism development with natural resource and environment protection, improve the quality of services, and develop human resources.
Dung added that the city should also increase investment in infrastructure, strengthen promotion activities, improve environmental sanitation and transport systems and complete a master plan for tourism development by 2020 with a vision for 2025 and detail plans for specific destinations.
A series of tours were set up for holidaymakers and achieved a good response. These included tours around Hanoi to landscapes and relic sites such as the Thang Long Royal Citadel, the Presidential Palace, the Temple of Literature, Sword Lake, Hanoi Opera House and the city’s museum. Tours were also arranged that linked Hanoi and other ancient capitals as well as tours to military sites; eco-tours to Ba Vi district; tours to craft villages and tours to Hanoi Old Square.