Hue-most visited city in Vietnam

Thua Thien-Hue Province received around 1,580,000 tourists, including 412,000 international visitors in the first six month of this year, according to the Steering Committee of Tourism Development of Thua Thien Hue Province.

      Tourists visit Hue ancient capital complex (Photo: Sggp)

The total revenue reached VND1, 400 billion, up 2% year on year.

Hue ancient city is one of the most popular Vietnam destinations. The Hue ancient capital complex became the first in Vietnam to be recognised as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1993. Since then, Hue city has made all efforts to preserve the heritage’s values and been appraised as a good example of heritage conservation.

According to director of the Hue Relic Conservation Center, Phan Thanh Hai, about VND800 billion was spent on restoring 100 architectural buildings since 1996, such as Thai Hoa Palace, Hien Lam Cac Pavillion, Dien Tho Palace, Duyet Thi Duong Royal Theater, Truong Sanh Palace (Palace of Longevity), Tu Phuong Vo Su (“peace in all directions”) Pavilion and others.

The province’s tourism industry has improved service quality, tourism environment while implementing promotion packages and launching exciting tours to craft villages in Hue as well as offering unique craft products imbued with Vietnamese cultural identities to attract travelers.

The local authorities has also organized tourism promotional programs and invited farmtrips from the North America, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand to inquire into Hue ancient imperial city and central provinces; and roadshows in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and central region with the aim of luring more visitors from the localities.

In addition, two direct flights carrying 350 passengers from Bangkok to Hue City landed in Phu Bai International Airport on April 30.

The experimental flights have been operational by Thai airline, New Gen Airways. The carrier cooperated with the Department of Planning and Investment of Thua Thien-Hue Province to open the route. The new service aims to develop and promote its provincial tourism.

Royal Caribbean International Corporation from the US, the world’s second-largest shipping company, and the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation signed an agreement on June 2015 over the upgrading of infrastructure at Chan May Port.

Royal Caribbean will invest $5 million in the upgrades, which will permit the berthing of passenger ships more than 360 meters in length and carrying 4,000 to 5,000 passengers.

The tourism sector expects to receive 4.2 million visitors in 2010, including 2 million international tourists.

By Van Thanh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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