Hanoi to prioritize cultural and eco-tourism

Published:  09:29 Wednesday - January 05, 2011 Hanoi will prioritize the development of cultural and eco-tourism in the coming years, Mr. Mai Tien Dung, Vice Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said at a tourism promotion conference on December 17.


The capital city will fully tap its natural, cultural and historical potentials in order to diversify tourist products develop tourism while protecting environment.

Hanoi currently has some 5,100 historical sites, and over 1,300 traditional craft villages. International magazine Travel & Leisure has voted Hanoi as one of five most attractive Asian tourist cities since 2002.

The city has 639 hotels, including 38 three, four or five-star hotels, with 5,000 international standard rooms, 10 large trade centers, 84 supermarkets, 410 markets and over 200 convenience stores.

As planned, the city will develop major tourist areas in Ba Vi-Vien Nam, Tam Dao-Soc Son, the Red River corridor, and Quan Son-Huong Tich.

It will also embellish and develop cultural and historical sites of Co Loa, Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam, Thang Long royal citadel, Son Tay ancient citadel, Duong Lam ancient village, the Old Quarters, and tourist spots around the WestLake and the SwordLake.

The city will build large-scale eco-tourism resorts in Huong Son, Suoi Hai-Ba Vi, Soc Son, My Duc and along the Red River.

Hanoi is estimated to lure 11.8 million tourists, including some 1.2 million foreign visitors, this year, up 15.5% against last year.

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