The 11th annual meeting of the Council for Promoting Tourism in Asia (CPTA) will be held in Hanoi from October 9-13, expecting to attract delegates fromTokyo, New Delhi, Seoul, Taipei, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Ulaanbaatar, and Tomsk.
Seeing tourism as order cialis online a source of strength for sustainable development, the meeting will focus on evaluating the work implemented during the past years and design plans to carry out new projects.
Participant will define responsibilities of state tourism management agencies and municipal governments, as well as tourism agencies and businesses in developing tourism sectors in CPTA member cities.
During the meeting, CPTA member cities will seek measures to lure more visitors to Asia through cooperative projects, programmes and campaigns.
The meeting will also focus on strengthening cooperation between member cities as well as between tourism promotion agencies and businesses.
The host city of Hanoi plans to introduce its tourist potentials, tradition, culture, history, beauty spots and tourist products and services as well as that of its surrounding areas.
Hanoi’s tourism potential will also be introduced in other foreign markets such as Canada, China and the Republic of Korea.
Last year was the first time the city’s annual foreign tourist arrivals exceeded 2 million, and the city expects to welcome 2.25 million foreign visitors this year.
In 2012, Hanoi was rated the best destination in Vietnam for city life by Lonely Planet Traveller, the world’s leading tourist magazine.
Together with Hoi An, the city made the 2012 top 10 attractive destinations in Asia, as chosen by Smart Travel Asia, a Hong Kong online tourist magazine.
It came second in a list of 100 international cities with good hotel services, which was compiled by the well-known tourism website Trivago.
According to the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, though the Hanoi’s tourism is regarded as a potential gold mine for the capital city, its performance to boost the development of the sector has been limited.
Hanoi is endowed with lots of tourism advantages including excellent cuisine, beautiful landscapes together with historical relic sites, craft villages and low spending costs. On the other hand, these advantages have not been fully tapped to change Hanoi capital into an attractive tourism destination due to a lack of renovation, announced by the Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi at a March 7 working session with the Hanoi Tourism Corporation.
In addition, he also recommended the Hanoi tourism sector should boost to upgrade the wide range of tourism facilities in hope of promoting Hanoi’s images to the world as well as helping tourism managers and staff improve their professional skills.
The statistics showed that the capital city greeted 2.58 million foreign tourists, earning US$ 1.83 billion and accounting for 14-15 percent of its GDP. This year 2014, the city expects to attract about 3 million foreign tourists.
Hanoi promotes trade village tourism
Hanoi is developing tours to six selected local trade villages as part of efforts to promote this type of tourism in the capital city.
Destinations include Van Phuc silk, Bat Trang pottery, Phu Vinh rattan and bamboo, Son Dong fine art sculpture, Du Du sculpture, Quat Dong embroidery and Ngo Ha mother-of-pearl inlay villages.
The city is planning to develop this type of tourism in 14 other traditional trade villages.
With 1,350 trade villages, including 207 recognised ones, they create much potential for tourism in Hanoi .
Among those, only Bat Trang pottery and Van Phuc silk villages are capable of attracting visitors. However, the number of tourists travelling to these sites is declining due to several internal factors.
Van Phuc silk village in the city’s Ha Dong ward used to have 1,000 silk weaving looms. However, only 250 still operate, with 400 households involved due to the impacts of urbanisation.
According to statistics from Gia Lam district’s Bat Trang commune People’s Committee, the Bat Trang pottery village welcomes about 60,000 visitors both from home and abroad who come to buy pottery products, bringing in 9.52 million USD a year.
However, the tourists have not had a chance to experience the village’s cultural and historical values and participate in making pottery products.
Officials said this is the common situation in other trade villages in Hanoi due to the lack of synchronous coordination among tourism managers, travel agents and local authorities.
The Vietnam National Tourism Administration said the authorities of localities with trade villages should be more involved in tourism development and offer favourable policies and conditions to encourage local people to participate in tourism activities.