Many additional choices
The expansion of the Capital’s administrative boundery is a chance for the tourism sector to set up more new tours. Before annexing to Ha Noi, Ha Tay province, Me Linh district of Vinh Phuc province, and four communes of Lương Sơn district, Hoa Binh province including Dong xuan, Tien Xuan, Yen Binh and Yen Trung had their owned precious tourist resources, such as primary forest, traditional craft villages, hundreds of unique historical – cultural heritages. Those have been seen as the background to establish highly attractive tourist products and create more choices for tourists, raising the revenue and contributing to the Capital’s general development.
After 2008, Ha Noi has established six tourist complexes, including the Capital central, Son Tay – Ba Vi, Huong Son – Quan Son, Soc mountain – Dong Quan lake, Van Tri – Co Loa, Ha Dong and vicinity areas with diversified tourist products meeting visitors’ travelling demands. Major products includes MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) tourism, eco-tourism, resort; agricultural and farming tourism, etc.
With such diversity, visitors to Ha Noi can choose traditional destinations like Thang Long Royal Citadel, Ba Binh Square, President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Van Mieu – Quoc tu Giam ( Temple of Literature - First National University of Viet Nam), West Lake, especially Ha Noi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.
In addition, tourists can enjoy art tourism in association with heritages (Dao Thuc Water Puppet show and Co Loa relic site in Dong Anh suburban district) or eco-tourism and resort tourism in Ba Vi area or craft village tourism (Van Phuc Silk Village and Bat Trang Ceramic Village), etc.
According to Nguyen Tien Dat, Director of TransViet Travel Company, travel companies have been benefiting greatly since the Capital’s administrative boundary expansion because of a wide range of unique tourism products.
Notably, Duong Lam ancient village (Son Tay Town) is a well-known destination for international visitors to Ha Noi.
Visitors at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam
Over the past decade, Ha Noi’s tourism has welcome a large number of foreign tourists from 160 nations and territories in Western Europe, Australia, North America, Eastern Europe, Northeast Asia.
Particularly, the number of foreign visitors reached 1.3 million in 2008 and 4.95 million in 2017, increasing by nearly four times – accounting for 40% of the total number of international tourists to Viet Nam.
In the period of 2008 – 2017, Ha Noi posted an average annual increase of 12% in the number of domestic visitors. Tourism revenue in the 2008-2016 period saw an average growth of 16%. In 2017, total tourism revenue fetched VND 70,958 billion, posting a year on year surge of 15%, etc.
Besides, the city has successfully organized a series of tourism promotion activities, such as Year of national tourism 2010, Ha Noi traditional craft village festival, VITM Ha Noi , etc.
Expanding the Capital’s boundary is seen as a great chance for tourism to further develop, significantly contributing to the city’s economic development.