Artists perform at a beach festival in Đà Nẵng City. The central city was ranked among the most searched destinations by Indian tourists on the travel website Skyscanner. VNS Photo Công Thành

The central city of Đà Nẵng was ranked one of the most searched destinations by Indian tourists in terms of food, weather, shopping and historical site visits on the travel website Skyscanner – with a 1,141 per cent increase, the city’s tourism promotion centre said.

It said 71 per cent of search hits by Indian tourists focused on food, while 65 per cent queried weather in the beach hub in central Việt Nam.

The centre also said Đà Nẵng joined the top 10 search destinations on Skyscanner, a list including Krabi (Thailand), Mahe (Seychelles), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Osaka (Japan).

About 38 per cent of searches targeted the opportunity of tasting local cuisine in Đà Nẵng when visiting the coastal destination in 2024.

Đà Nẵng has more than 100 restaurants serving from 100 to 300 guests at a given time, and 30 Indian food restaurants.

The city’s tourism department earlier hosted a promotion programme in New Delhi and Gurugram, India, and called on Air India, Vistara and IndiGo to launch more air routes between Đà Nẵng and India.

The department said 95,000 visitors from India had visited the city, accounting 50 per cent of total Indian tourists visiting Việt Nam in nine months of 2023.

Five-star Furama resort Đà Nẵng had already prepared for hosting MICE and weddings for Indian tourists, while low-cost carrier Vietjet Air resumed seven new international routes from Đà Nẵng to the five largest cities in India – New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bangalore – in early 2022.

Indian travel companies including One Above, In Time, Tourister Vinnaayak Holidays, Kesari Travels, Jain&Jain, While Board and Plutus Voyage, also paid attention to favoured locations on the beach in Đà Nẵng.

Basheer Adul Rahim, director of One Above from India, expects that the number of Indian tourists to Đà Nẵng would reach 3 million in the next two years, with new direct air routes launched between Đà Nẵng and New Delhi.

The complex of Furama resort Đà Nẵng-Ariyana was awarded with World luxury Awards 2023 in categories of the Best Luxury Beach resort in ASEAN, while Don Cipriani’s restaurant was awarded as the Best Luxury Heritage restaurant in Asia.

Furama’s International Convention Centre –host of the APEC 2017 – won as the Best Convention Centre in Việt Nam, and V-Sense Wellness & Spa in the resort took the Best Theme Spa design in Asia.

Đà Nẵng hosted 5.6 million tourists, of which 1.6 million were international arrivals, in three quarters of 2023. VNS