Hanoi sets tourism goal

HANOI, 23 June 2016: Hanoi will establish an official master plan that outlines tourism development through to 2020.

The city will target 30 million tourists by 2020 of which 5.7 million should be international visitors generating USD5.38 billion in revenue.

Vietnam Investment Review reported that the master plan would be empowered by a government decree. Details were presented at a workshop, last week, under the title Vision 2020.

inside no 1The annual growth in international visits to Hanoi was estimated at 8% to 10%, while tourism revenue was expected to improve 15% to 17%.

On average, occupancy rates would be around 60% to 65% according to the plan.

The city will also adjust its tourism development plan in six districts: the city centre, Son Tay in Ba Vi district, Huong Son – Quan Son Lake in My Duc district, Soc Mountain – Dong Quan Lake in Soc Son district, Van Tri – Co Loa in Dong Anh district, and Ha Dong district.

Suoi Hai Lake in Ba Vi district will be developed as a national tourism area by 2030, the report said.

Traditional villages such as Bat Trang, Van Phuc and Duong Lam will be improved to meet international standards.

Dong Anh district is also calling for investment to become a specialised tourism zone.

Hanoi is creating a legal framework to provide the best conditions possible for investors and empower strategies and plans.

The draft decree is based on feedback from international experts, according to of Hanoi People’s Committee chairman, Nguyen Duc Chung.

Weaknesses have been studied to identify solutions and prepare the plan that will be written into a formal decree.

In 2015, Hanoi welcomed 3.26 million international tourists and 16.43 million domestic tourists, earning revenue of USD2.46 billion.

This year, the city projects 21.165 million tourists, including 3.8 international tourists, and revenue of USD2.69 billion.