Tourism development in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has remained slow, according to director of the provincial Department of Tourism Le Huu Minh who claimed the locality still lacked ‘special products’.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Thua Thien-Hue Province recently held a seminar on the tourism development in the locality.
An art performance at Hue Festival 2018
At the event, Minh claimed the province’s tourism products are still poor. He said it was necessary to diversify activities at the Imperial City at night for visitors as well as have more night markets, food centres and spiritual tours.
The province is home to 89 travel firms, but most of them are small scaled. Meanwhile, Phu Bai Airport only serves domestic flights with the modest capacity of just 1.6 million passengers per year.
Last year, Thua Thien-Hue welcomed 3.8 million visitors, but their stay there was no more than two days and their spending remained low.
At the seminar, Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said that Thua Thien-Hue should take advantages of the locality’s advantages for tourism development by introducing more new products. The extremely popular Hue Festival is organised every two years and is a good opportunity for the locality to lure visitors.
This year, the festival attracted around 400,000 travellers between April 27 to May 2.
Nearly 1,300 artists, including hundreds of foreign performers, came to the city to participate in 38 events during the festival.