Ha Noi welcomes over 8 million visitors in first half of 2012

June 25, 2012 10:51 pm 

HA NOI, June 25 — Ha Noi has attracted about 8.33 million visitors during the first six months of this year, according to the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The city, which was listed as one of the cheapest global tourist destinations for the summer of 2012 by the world's largest travel website TripAdvisor, lured over 1.03 million foreign tourists during the first half of the year, a rise of 20 percent over the same period last year.

The capital city also saw 7.3 million domestic tourists arrive during the first half of the year, an increase of 24 percent, compared to the same period last year.

Visitors to Ha Noi came from over 160 territories and countries including western Europe, North East Asia, Australia and North America, among others.

Ha Noi would strive to attract about 2.5 million international and 14 million domestic visitors by 2015, which could earn the capital about US$ 2.1 billion, added the department. (PNA/VNS)

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