VGP – In the past three years, Ha Noi has installed free public Wi-Fi systems at tourist destinations, scenic spots and relic sites across the city, contributing to improving the quality of destination services and developing smart and sustainable tourism.
Meeting visitors’ demand
In recent times, Bat Trang pottery village in Gia Lam district has seen a remarkable change in branding and promoting tourism development through the establishment of utility systems, including self-running presentations and smart bicycles.
Similarly, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long heritage area has offered free Wi-Fi service since 2018 and upgraded it in 2019, enabling visitors to use applications to learn about the heritage and destinations in an effective way.
According to the Ha Noi Department of Tourism, since 2017, the agency has coordinated with the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications (VNPT), Ha Noi branch to install free Wi-Fi systems in the form of socialization at relic sites, aiming to facilitate the development of smart tourism.
By 2019, units had installed the systems in 11 areas with 200 hotspots and 200 transmitters. VNPT Ha Noi has also installed free Wi-Fi at scenic spots across the city, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Huong Pagoda (My Duc district), and the Co Do artist village (Ba Vi district).
Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Tourism Tran Trung Hieu said that the installation of free Wi-Fi system has contributed to improving the quality of destinations and meeting the needs of visitors. This is an important premise for Ha Noi to focus on developing smart tourism in the near future.
Developing smart tourism
According to the Ha Noi Department of Tourism, since free Wi-Fi systems were at some local destinations, they have recorded about 8.2 million visits, with a monthly average of 400,000-500,000.
This year, the department continues to complete the Ha Noi Tourist Map, so the installation of free Wi-Fi at the relic sites have made it easy for visitors to look up information about destinations through this map.
To continue implementing the Resolution No. 06/NQ-TU issued by the Standing Board of the Ha Noi Party Committee on June 26, 2016 on “developing Ha Noi tourism in the period of 2016-2020 and the following years”, the municipal Department of Information and Communications has requested VNPT Ha Noi and related units to install additional public Wi-Fi systems at 14 scenic and relic sites in the city.
This is also one of practical activities to celebrate the 1010th anniversary of Thang Long - Ha Noi and the 17th Congress of the Ha Noi Party Committee, and to improve the quality of destinations to attract tourists, thus contributing to boosting socio-economic development andovercoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ha Noi is step by step implementing projects and solutions, including solutions on technology and smart tourism development, to make the tourism industry truly its spearhead economic sector with sustainable development.
Since August 2017 Ha Noi has had a wireless Internet system in certain areas such as around Hoan Kiem lake, the ancient citadel of Thang Long, the Perfume Pagoda complex or the ceramic village of Bat Trang.
From now on, the public has free access to public wifi in historic sites and tourist destinations in the capital.
The capital city aims to develop telecommunication and IT infrastructure so as to provide free Wi-fi at tourist spots and at 80% of the hotels and restaurants.
By Vien Nhu