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First foreign visitors of 2020 arrive in Hanoi & HCM City

The first 13 foreign tourists arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on the first day of 2020 on two flights landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

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The first international visitors arriving in HCM City in 2020 pose for a photo. (Photo


Four of them arrived on a Japan Airlines' flight while the others arrived from France on a flight operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines in cooperation with Air France.

This year, the city will make a breakthrough in implementing its tourism development strategy with the introduction of sustainable and culture-based tourism products in order to attract 10 million foreign visitors and 35 million domestic tourists.

It will also strive to earn 165 trillion VND (more than 7.1 billion USD) from tourism services in 2020.

Last year, the city's tourism turnover saw a year-on-year increase of 10 percent to reach more than 140 trillion VND (6.04 billion USD).

During the year, it received 8.62 million international arrivals, up 13.5 percent year-on-year, and 33 million domestic visitors, up 13 percent year on year.


The event on the occasion of New Year’s Day contributes to promoting and attracting tourists to the city in particular and Vietnam in general (Photo: VNA)



The city has set a goal of welcoming 10 million international visitors; 35 million domestic tourists and the total tourism revenue are expected to reach VND165 trillion in 2020 (Photo: VNA)




A foreign tourist is presented with Vietnamese conical hat on the first day of 2020 (Photo: VNA)



Ho Chi Minh City tour guide at the welcome ceremony for the first foreign tourists to the City in 2020 (Photo: VNA)




Lucky visitors receive New Year gifts (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi welcomes first foreign tourist in 2020


The first foreign tourists of Hanoi in 2020



Alain Baron, a French national flying with national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines from France to Hanoi, became the first foreign tourist to set foot in the capital city in 2020.

A ceremony to welcome Baron and 14 other foreign visitors was held at the Noi Bai International Airport on January 1 by the municipal Department of Tourism, the Vietnam Airlines Corporation and the Noi Bai International Airport.

Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai noted that Hanoi has been chosen as a favourite destination by many foreign tourists, and many leading travel magazines named the city among the most attract tourism spots of the region and the world.

The ceremony to welcome the first foreign visitors to Hanoi is hoped to help the capital city promote its images and people to international friends.

The number of tourists to Hanoi reached nearly 29 million in 2019, up 10 percent from the previous year, including over 7 million foreigners, a year-on-year rise of 17 percent.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, the tourism sector grossed over 103.8 trillion VND (4.48 billion USD) in revenue, up 34 percent compared to the previous year.

In 2019, Hanoi won the Travelers’ Choice Awards and was ranked among the 25 leading destinations in Asia, and the 25 world’s leading places on TripAdvisor website.

Hanoi was also shortlisted for the World’s Leading City Destination at the 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA).

In 2020, the capital city strives to welcome approximately 32 million visitors, including 8.22 million foreigners, up 10.2 percent and 17 percent year-on-year respectively.

The total tourism revenue is expected to exceed 116.7 trillion VND, a yearly rise of 12.5 percent./.VNA