is set to welcome its one-millionth foreign visitor
and five-millionth visitor overall for 2005 on December
6, Cao Ngoc Lan, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Tourism
Department told the Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent.
The capital city's tourism industry has posted an average
annual growth rate of 20%. Since 1992, the number of
foreign visitors to Hanoi has increased five-fold.
The city grossed a total turnover of more than VND 8
trillion from tourism services in the past 11 months.
This year, Hanoi was listed among the Top Five Asian
Tourist Cities for the second time by leading US lifestyle
magazine Travel & Leisure.
Hanoi has worked out a master plan for sustainable development
of tourism to more than double [2.16 times] tourism
turnover and increase the number of visitors by 155%
The plan focuses on an annual increase of 15% in the
number of foreign tourists and 17% in the number of
domestic tourists. The city plans to welcome 1.6 million
foreign visitors and 5.7 million Vietnamese visitors
in 2010. Revenues from the tourism industry now represent
10.38% of its GDP.
The city will take effective measures to promote tourism,
develop tourism products, expand markets and invest
in tourist infrastructure facilities, including hotels,
entertainment areas, and other tourism services.