VGP – Ha Noi served around 262,500 tourist arrivals in February, down 79.9% compared to the same period last year, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.
The decline in tourist arrivals was attributed to the implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures in cities and provinces after the pandemic resurged in the community in late January.
Specifically, international arrivals to the capital plunged by 94% year-on-year to 20,500, while domestic arrivals stood at 242,000, representing a decline of 75%.
The city’s tourist revenue during the month was estimated at VND888 billion (US$38.34 million), down 83.6% compared to February 2020.
During the Lunar New Year holiday (from February 10 to 16), Ha Noi welcomed about 122,000 visitor arrivals, equivalent to approximately 50% of the figure recorded over the same period in 2020.
Some major tourist attractions in the capital also reported a decline in the number of visitors last month, such as the Temple of Literature – welcoming 18,500 tourist arrivals, down 60% year- on-year; the Ha Noi Zoo – attracting 12,300, down 14%; the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – serving 15,000, down 50%; the Ba Vi National Park – recording 1,200, down 10%; and the Bao Son Paradise Park – receiving 1,700 arrivals of visitors, down 45%.
As directed by the Ha Noi People’s Committee, all tourist attractions and relic sites across the city have kept their doors closed to tourists from 0:00 on February 16, aiming to serve disease prevention and control.
In the first two months of 2021, tourist arrivals to Ha Noi were estimated to reach 1.29 million, down 62.8% year-on-year.
The city’s average hotel occupancy rate in February was about 16.1%, down 14% compared to the previous month and down 35.2% over the same period in 2020.
This month, together with the task of building tourism development programs as planned, Ha Noi’s tourism sector will focus on directing travel units, businesses, organisations and individuals across the city to strictly implement regulations on pandemic prevention and control in the new situation./.
By Vien Nhu