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Gửi lúc 09:48' 27/05/2012
Hoan Kiem eyed as nucleus of Hanoi tourism development

Hanoi is making its final adjustments to a draft plan on the City's tourism planning development by 2020 for six main areas, in which priority will be given to developing tourism in the city's Old Quarter.

The Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Truong Minh Tien said that the Ha Noi Old Quarter is not only attractive to tourists by its historical remains and traditional trade streets but it also has many other advantages on values of architecture, human culture, and special food and beverage. Hoan Kiem District has 188 historical and cultural monuments located mainly in the old quarter area. In addition, other specific characteristic of the Ha Noi Old Quarter is tube-shaped houses with sloping deep brown tile roofs and narrow, short streets amid the bustling trade are factors that attract the tourists' discovery.

In reality, the number of foreign tourists and visiting and staying in Hoan Kiem district is quite large, thanks to several new programs such as the organization of a walking streets at the weekends and tours using environmentally-friendly electric cars to help domestic and foreign visitors discover Hanoi's Old Quarter.

However, according to the vice chairman of Hoan Kiem District People's Committee, Cao Bich Lan investment in tourism products of the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem district in general has not focused on main issues. Although there are more than 300 hotels in the district, most of them are one or two star hotels. As a result, the service quality has not satisfied tourists' demand. The space is limited and the narrow streets are often congested and there are only a few traditional craft workshops.

For these reasons, tourism experts supposed that it's necessary to build Hanoi Old Quarter into a tourism center according to the trend of culture, shopping and entertainment tourism in order to increase attractiveness among domestic and foreign tourists.

Some have said that Hanoi needs to continue to restore and reinforce historical, cultural relics including communal houses, temples and pagodas. The Ha Noi Old Quarter currently has more than 50 communal houses which are regarded as the city's typical feature. After the restoration of the Kim Ngan Communal house at 44 Hang Bac Street, many foreign tourists when coming here have tried to discover more about the jewellery craft villages in Bac Ninh, Thai Binh and the Hanoi suburb. This seems to be a new trend that tour providers can exploit in a larger scale.

According to Ha Van Sieu, Head of the Tourism Research and Development Institute, basically, the infrastructure network in the Old Quarter is quite good. The issue, however, is to increase service quality to make tourists' stay longer. The area and space of walking streets should be expanded to make it really an attractive tourist site for the tourists who want to discover Hanoi.

Sharing the same view, Cao Bich Lan said the main solution to develop tourism in the Hanoi Old Quarter is to expand the walking route. After the success of the project to restore Ta Hien Street and some other places like 87 Ma May, 38 Hang Duong, 28 Hang Buom in the coming time some other streets including Hang Bac and Lan Ong will also be restored with focus on building facades as well as public infrastructure on the street. Several other projects will also be stepped up to exploit the potentials and the traditional cultural values of the Old Quarter.

The Institute of Tourism Development Research and Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism are completing the planning of Hanoi tourism development by 2020. It is predicted that by 2016 the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem district in general will be built into a tourism center of the capital. To achieve this target, in the coming time Hoan Kiem district will join hands with tourism sector to upgrade infrastructure and historical relics, restore some traditional professions, organize more typical tours on the old town in order to promote the city's tourism.

Source: VEN
Tác giả: Dang Ngoc Bich
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