Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi (Photo courtesy of Bui Van Doanh) Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi has been shortlisted for the World's Leading City Destination at the 2019 World Travel Awards (WTA), providing an excellent opportunity for the Vietnamese capital to promote itself as a safe and friendly destination for both domestic and foreign visitors . The local tourism sector is calling for locals and tourists to vote for Hanoi at the WTA's website http://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote, which will end on October 20. Popular places in Hanoi include Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and Thang Long Imperial Citadel. According to the municipal Department of Tourism, the number of foreign visitors to Hanoi increased by approximately 19 percent between 2015 and 2018. They came from over 190 countries and territories in the world. In 2018, Hanoi welcomed 26.31 million visitors, a year-on-year increase of 10.4 percent. International arrivals reached over 6 million, up 21.3 percent, the department said. In the first nine months of 2019, Hanoi served more than 21.5 million vacationers, up 9.5 percent against the same period last year, including over 4.7 million foreigners, up over 10 percent. Tourists… Read full this story
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