Last year Hanoi welcomed more than 26 million visitors, 6 million of them were foreigners. The ceremony to welcome the first visitors of 2019 to the city is one of series of activities that Hanoi is holding to promote its tourism potential.
Speaking at the event, Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department Tran Duc Hai, said “Hanoi is a national political administrative center with rich tourism resources and attractive, high-quality tourist products. Local people’s hospitality and friendliness are also the city’s attraction.”
Hanoi has been selected as a favorite destination by foreign tourists during the past several years. The World Travel Award nominated Hanoi among other 17 cities for the award “The world’s leading city destination in 2018”.
This year the city hopes to receive more than 28 million tourists including 6.6 million foreigners, a growth of 9.8% against last year. The city is accelerating a project on upgrading the My Dinh Sports Complex to host the first Formula 1 racing by 2020.
The 7-day event would also include parades, a showcase of racing cars, and other events. The city also plans to build a US$500 million multifunctional entertainment complex with a horse racing course in Soc Son district. With its increasing investment in tourism infrastructure and promoting local attractions, the city expects to make a breakthrough it its tourism development in the near future.