Secretary of Ha Noi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai works with Department of Tourism (13:58 14/03/2019)

HNP - Politburo member, Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai on March 13th presided over a working session with the Department of Tourism on the sector’s outcomes in 2018 and two first months of 2019, and key missions for the capital’s tourism development in 2019. 

Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai speaks at the session.

In attendance were Vice Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Council Phung Thi Hong Ha, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy, among others. 


Giving a report at the session, Director of the Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai said that Ha Noi welcomed 26.31 million tourists in 2018, up 10.4%, in which, the number of foreign visitors to Ha Noi reached over 6 million, up 21.3% year on year. Total revenue from tourism is estimated at VND 77,480 billion, an inter-annual rise of 14.2%.
In the first two months of 2019, the total number of tourists to the capital is estimated at 4.86 million, a year on year increase of 10.7%. Among these visitors, there are about 1.15 million foreigners, representing anincrease of 16.5% from the same period of last year. Tourism is calculated to earn to the capital more than VND 17.3 billion, up 34.7% compared to the same period of 2018. 
According to the director, the department has synchronously taken various measures to promote tourism development, such as enhancing promotion and disseminating the images of the city, among others.
Furthermore, the department has worked with districts and towns to develop tourism products, namely, Co Do (Ba Vi), Van Tu (Phu Xuyen), Van Phuc (Ha Dong), Bat Trang (Gia Lam),; and enhanced the state management to improve the quality of travel services.
The  US’s TIME magazine voted Ha Noi one of eight top destinations for all visitors. The city was also nominated by the World Tourism Organization to compete with other 17 candidates.
The department’s leader also requested the city to speed up construction of key tourism works and put them into use soon, namely, National Exhibition and Fair Centre, Kim Quy Cultural, Tourism and Amusement Park (Dong Anh), Tan Vien International Luxury Tourist Area (Ba Vi), Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. 
Making conclusion at the session, Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai praised the department’s effort and achievement over the past time. 
However, he said that the tourism growth has not been commensurate with the city's potential and advantages; facilities for tourism have not met the requirements; the scale of travel businesses has been small; there have been incidents adversely affecting the capital’s image. 
Thus, the department needs to strengthen the management and work out measures to improve the capacity of domestic travel enterprises, and enhance IT application in tourism promotion, the Secretary urged.
He also stressed the need to strengthen the education of environmental protection among local residents, and encourage them to join hands to build a green-clean-beautiful city. 

By Tran Huong



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