The Superstar Gemini cruise ship carrying 1,400 mostly Chinese passengers docked at the city’s Tien Sa Port. They visited the Cham Museum, Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, and Linh Ung Pagoda, and watched performances at Nguyen Hien Dien Classical Drama Theatre.
Danang is the five-star cruise ship’s final Vietnamese destination. It departed from Hainan, China and was organised by Saigontourist travel agency.
The city’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism estimates 47 tourism ships bearing 24,000 passengers will dock at Tien Sa Port in the first quarter of this year—a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.
An Air Asia A320 plane flying from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur transported 152 tourists to the Danang International Airport on February 10.
During the five days of Tet, the airport welcomed more than 4,000 visitors from 40 flights along its 12 international air routes.
More new routes servicing Hong Kong, Russia, Bangkok, and large Chinese cities such as Chongqing and Dalian are expected to launch by the end of 2013, raising the number of air passengers to 190,000 (an increase of 20 percent).
The southern province of Ca Mau simultaneously managed to attract 25,500 visitors to its beautiful forests and beaches, three times higher than the previous year’s figure.
The most popular destinations include Hon Da Bac—welcoming 14,000 travellers on the second day of Tet alone—and the late President Ho Chi Minh’s memorial site, which received 2,000 visitors during the Tet holiday.