|Video: Hanoi to provide free wifi at popular tourist sites|
|Hanoi to install more free Wi-Fi hotspots to boost tourism|
|Free wifi at festival spots in major cities|
Hanoi will install free public wifi hotspots at more tourist sites to better serve visitors to the capital city.
To this effect, a coordination program on improving the effectiveness of information and communications and promoting the IT application in tourism activities in the capital city for 2021-2025 signed between the Department of Tourism and the Department of Information and Communications on March 24, Vietnamplus reported.
Besides the locations equipped with free wifi in 2020, this year Hanoi has approved nine additional venues which are popular tourist destinations.
|Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) is a popular tourist site in Hanoi. Photo: VNA|
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dang Huong Giang, Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism, said that realizing the directions of the Government and the city on the implementation of "dual goals" of promoting economic development and preventing COVID-19, the department has actively coordinated with relevant to devise plans to stimulate tourism.
The capital's tourism has shown signs of recovery. Since they reopened earlier this month, local destinations such as Huong Pagoda, Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), Ngoc Son Temple, the Duong Lam Ancient Village welcomed a large number of tourists, especially on the weekends.
Hanoi strives to welcome 19 million tourists in 2021
Hanoi is expected to welcome 13.16-19.04 million tourists in 2021, up 45-65.5 percent as compared with the previous year, according to a scenario put forth by the municipal tourism sector.
The number of domestic visitors is projected to reach 10.96-15.34 million, up from 50-70 percent year-on-year, and room occupancy is set at 45-50 percent.
Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Tran Trung Hieu said Vietnam and the capital city in particular have been regarded as a safe destination.
|Night tour of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. Photo: VNA|
However, he stressed, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the local tourism sector to focus on developing the domestic market and further restructuring the market while making preparations to serve international tourists when possible.
Travel organizations and businesses have offered new, typical tourism products that match Hanoi’s potential and strength, with attention paid to culture, heritage, cuisines, festivals, craft villages, eco and medical tourism.
The city attracted some 8.65 million holidaymakers in 2020, equivalent to 30 percent as compared with 2019, of whom foreign arrivals were estimated at 1.11 million, equivalent to 15.8 percent from last year.
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