HANOI, 8 March 2018: Tourist arrivals in Vietnam’s central province of Thua Thien-Hue increased by 46.6% during the first two months of the year.
During the same period in 2017, the central province attracted 715,960, the official Communist Party news channel, Nahn Dan Online, reported.
The increase was partly due to special festivities organised during the Lunar New Year holiday in February that attracted more domestic visitors.
During the six days of the Lunar New Year (Tet), 14 to 19 February, the province welcomed more than 110,000 visitors and gained over VND66.28 billion (USD2.9 million) in tourism revenue.
During the Tet holiday, the iconic Flag Tower in the Hue Imperial City was decorated with 1,000 LED lights, a popular venue for tourists for selfie and group photography.
Other historical sites such as the tombs of the Nguyen emperors and Thien Mu Temple were also popular with tourists during the holiday.
An exhibition was opened at the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang during Tet, giving visitors an insight into the life and times of emperors during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last ruling monarchy in Vietnam.
Sung An Palace, located in the complex of Minh Mang’s tomb, was also the venue of another exhibition on the life of the second Nguyen emperor.