Vietnamese tourism market charms foreign visitors

17:25 | 09/07/2014

VGP – Viet Nam’s tourism sector has seen its prestige and brand name rising following its good performance at international rankings over the past six months.

A corner of Ha Long Bay – Illustration photo

The Capital City of Ha Noi entered the list of Top 10 destinations as rated by the world’s largest travel website TripAdvisor.

Ha Long Bay was ranked 4th among eight most beautiful landscapes in the world by The UNESCO World Heritage Site earned the 16th place in the list of 26 “places that look like they have been taken out of fairy tales,” according to US-based website BuzzFeed Travel.

The central province of Quang Binh secured the 8th position out of 52 ideal destinations for tourists in 2014, according to New York Times. Son Doong Cave in the province was selected by Business Insider (the US) and  National Geographic (Russian version)  as one of the world’s 12 most impressive cave and world-class venture tours in 2014.

Ba Na cable car ranked third in Top 11 most amazing cable cars in the world, according to a vote of the UK/s Telegraph.  

Three Vietnamese hotels were named in the “world’s best service” list in 2014, including 25 hotels around the world, by TripAdvisor, the world-renowned travelling website. These hotels are Ha Noi  Serene Hotel (12th), Holiday Diamond Hotel in Thua Thien Hue (18th), Essence Ha Noi Hotel (21st).

Thua Thien-Hue was honored to be an ASEAN City of Culture in the 2014-2015 term with cultural heritage like Hue Imperial Citadel and court music.

The British magazine Rough Guides classified the ancient town of Hoi An as one of the 20 most interesting destinations to discover night life globally.

International tourists chose Nha Trang as an ideal destination for summer 2014, according to Price of Travel.

La Maison 1888 Restaurant, located inside the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort right in the coastal city of Da Nang, became one of the top four most beautiful restaurants in the world.

The above selections have helped promote image of the Vietnamese tourism industry farther.

In the first half of 2014, over 4.28 million foreign visitors came to the Southeast Asian country, representing a year-on-year increase of 21%. 

The number of domestic guests was 23.4 million, up 7% against the same period last year. The tourism industry earned VND 125 trillion in revenue, posting a year-on-year surge of 22%./.  

By Kim Loan