has so far this year become one of two localities
in the country that have attracted the largest number
of foreign tourists, mainly from 162 countries worldwide,
said Nguyen Quang Lan, director of the capital city's
accounted for 34 percent of the total foreign arrivals
in the country in 2004, Lan added.
was attributed to the efforts of Hanoi's tourism companies
to advertise attractive tourism programmes such as
tours to traditional craft villages, pagodas, temples,
and ancient villages in Hanoi and surrounding areas.
tourism sector has cooperated with 15 provinces and
cities in organising hundreds of tours to those localities
such as adventure tourism in northern mountainous
areas, Fanxipang mountain climbing in northern mountainous
Lao Cai province, sea tourism in Nha Trang, eco-tourism
in Cuc Phuong National Park (northern Ninh Binh province)
and Sapa (Lao Cai province) and tours to ethnic minority-inhabited
Tu, deputy general director of the Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism, suggested that the capital
city's tourism industry increase its competitiveness
in the quality of tourism services, tours imbued with
national cultural identity and cooperate with other
provinces and cities in tourism in order to fulfil
the target of welcoming 4.5 million tourists, including
1 million foreigners, this year.
addition, the city's tourism industry should continue
tapping international tourism markets, including France,
Russia, China, the US, Japan and Western Europe while
seeking new markets such as Africa, the Middle East,
Asia and South Asia, he noted.
now has around 360 hotels with almost 8,000 rooms
meeting international standards and 200 international
travel agencies with more than 1,000 tourist guides.