Hanoi welcomes the 2.5 millionth international visitor
In the afternoon of December 20, Japanese tourist – Mr. Hajime Mori received a campaign medal for the 25 millionth international visitor to Hanoi in 2013.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism – Mr. Ho Anh Tuan, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) – Ms. Hoang Thi Diep attended the reception.
Hajime Mori said he was lucky to be the 2.5 millionth international visitor to Hanoi, especially on the occasion when Vietnam and Japan are celebrating the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations.
“I am glad to be formally welcomed like this and I wish the friendship between the two countries to further develop,” he said. The Japanese visitors in the same group with Hajime Mori were also presented with flowers.
Mr. To Van Dong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that in 2013, Hanoi was in the top 10 of the best destinations in Asia and the top ten rising destinations in the world by prestigious institutions in the world.
He also said that by the end of 2013, Hanoi welcomed 2.5 million international tourists, an increase of 22.9 percent compared with 2012. The total revenue from tourism is estimated at VND38.5 trillion, up 20.3 percent from last year.