Capital develops traditional craft village tourism


VGP – Thanks to thousands of historic and cultural relics; hundreds of traditional craft villages, abundant non-tangible heritages, the Capital City of Ha Noi boasts diverse cultural resources and has spared no effort to boost traditional craft village tourism. 

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The Ha Noi Department of Tourism reported that in the first three months of 2019, the city welcomed nearly 7.5 million of visitors, up 10.6% against the same period last year. 

Out of the figure, nearly 1.9 million foreign guests arrived in Ha Noi, up 15.5% against the same period last year. Meanwhile, the city handled 5.6 million of domestic guests, up 9%. Tourism revenue hit VND 26.9 trillion, representing a year-on-year growth of 32%.  

Ha Noi is home to 1,350 craft villages, accounting for 59% of the national total number. The Ha Noi municipal Peoples Committee recognized 297 craft villages. A large number of craft villages have exported products namely Bat Trang ceramic, Kieu Ky gold and silver (Gia Lam district); Van Phuc silk (Ha Dong district), Chuyen My mosaic (Phu Xuyen district), Quat Dong embroidery (Thuong Tin district), and Phu Vinh rambutan (Chuong My district). 

The city has conducted numerous policies to spur tourism in craft villages especially in Van Phuc and Bat Trang craft villages. Ha Noi has spared no effort to upgrade transport, electricity, water infrastructure; improve environmental landscape; develop tour guide contingents; support craft villages to build trademarks; advertize products; and handle environmental protection. 

Boosting connectivity

The Ha Noi Department of Tourism reported that foreign visitors spent US$ 113.5 per day including US$ 35 in purchasing goods in Ha Noi. The level is relatively low. Hence, craft village development is expected to raise average spending level of tourists in Ha Noi. 

Director of the Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai said that the Department planned to assign each district to select one to two unique tourism products; and diversify art performance to attract tourists. 

He also stressed the importance of boosting connectivity among businesses; support professional tourism; guiding workers of craft villages to advertize products; and assisting craft village households./. 

By Kim Anh