In recent years, Hanoi has hosted numerous concerts performed by legendary singers from around the world. The city has become a regular stage for world music tours, bringing with them foreign fans who discover the beauty of Vietnam along the way.
Destination for global music stars
The latest event is the South Korean group Blackpink concerts at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, on July 29 and 30.
Since then, the number of people looking for tickets has skyrocketed. Especially the VIP tickets, which cost nearly VND10 million (US$422), were sold out as soon as they went on sale. The number of tourists flocking to Hanoi is also expected to soar to join the concerts.
This is not the first time Hanoi has been on the stage for world-renowned artists. In 2018, the bands of yesteryear Boney M and Modern Talking held their concerts at the Vietnam National Convention Center, attracting thousands of spectators.
Following these successes, the 2019 Monsoon Music Festival was held at the Thang Long Imperial Citadel and featured German band Scorpions, English singer Joss Stone, Irish band Kodaline, and British group Bond, among others.
Musician Quoc Trung, the festival's music director, said after the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam has become a performance destination for old-time stars from around the world.
"Christina Aguilera performed at the Hay Glamping Music Festival 2022 in Hanoi, which welcomed four global groups of other times, namely The Moffatts, A1, 911, and Blue," the musician illustrated his remark.
By organizing international music activities, Hanoi and Vietnam have promoted the brand of "a safe, friendly, and attractive destination."
The need for a specific music tourism strategy
According to travel experts, music tourism is a trend among young people. The global music tourism market is estimated to reach US$1.3 billion by 2033, providing opportunities for host countries to earn huge profits through catering and accommodation services. Blackpink's concert in Hanoi showed that Vietnam is an attractive market.
Vu Quynh Anh, CEO of Hoang Minh Travel, said that the upcoming concert of the South Korean group has already drawn a large number of tourists, increasing the city's tourism revenue. At the same time, a positive image has been created, identifying Hanoi as a culturally vibrant destination for music tourists.
Nguyen Hong Nhat, General Director of Asia Premier Cruises, said high-end tourism combined with performances, typically shown on yachts, is gaining popularity. "Vietnam will become a destination for art and music and can develop music tourism if there are proper mechanisms for investment and coordination," he noted.
Meanwhile, Phung Quang Thang, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Travel Association, believes that tourists are often willing to spend on related services, products, local goods, and cuisine to see their idols perform in person. This means that the demand from tourists is always huge - whether the supply is professional enough to meet this demand.