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PM: Hue should strive to bolster tourism in 2018
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PM: Hue should strive to bolster tourism in 2018

Tourists visit the Hue Imperial Citadel - PHOTO: VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged authorities of the former imperial capital of Hue in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to take full advantage of its historical values and cultural heritages to make a breakthrough for the province’s tourism sector, the Government news website reports.

The central city, home to Nguyen Dynasty which reigned the country from 1802 until 1945, has been dubbed by the Prime Minister as the “Kyoto of Vietnam,” characterized by the abundance of historical and cultural sites, including the former Hue Imperial Citadel and royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty’s kings. 

Data from the provincial tourism department shows the province in 2017 welcomed around 3.8 million visitors, a pickup of 16% against the year earlier, including 1.5 million foreigners, a 42% year-on-year surge while tourism revenue hit VND3.52 trillion (US$155 million), up 10% against 2016.

Though these results may seem positive, the province’s tourism and service sector has failed to reach its full potential, as tourism only contributed 15% to the province’s budget collection in 2017, PM Phuc told a meeting with the provincial authorities last week during his first working visit to Thua Thien-Hue Province on the occasion of the New Year 2018.

Tourism development in Hue should be different from some of Vietnam’s vibrant cities such as HCMC, Hanoi, Danang and Haiphong as the former capital city is endowed with a long-established historical and cultural tradition and is in close proximity to many world-recognized cultural heritages such as Hoi An ancient town, My Son sanctuary and Son Doong, the world’s biggest cave and Phong Nha Cave.

Phuc suggested that the provincial authority make greater efforts and make full use of the peaceful and romantic beauty of Hue that cannot be found anywhere else in Vietnam to bring a fresh breath of air to the province’s tourism this year.

Last year, the city created a new tourism product for domestic and international visitors to the central province by opening the Hue Imperial Citadel for public viewing at night.

2018 is promising to be a busy year for the province’s tourism sector as the biennial Hue Festival is scheduled to take place from April 27 to May 2 in the former imperial city, with the convergence of more than 20 art troupes from many countries around the world.

The city is pinning high hopes that the cultural event, featuring a street carnival, an international food festival and a hot air balloon show, will lure more tourists at home and abroad.

The province has set the target of wooing up to 4.2 million tourists this year, with foreign arrivals making up 40-45%, and earning VND4.2 to 4.3 trillion in tourism revenue.

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