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Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions record strong recovery in this year’s first half

Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions record strong recovery in this year’s first half

Monday, July 18, 2022, 19:16 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City tourist attractions record strong recovery in this year’s first half
People visit Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, July 17, 2022. Photo: N.Binh / Tuoi Tre

Many popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City have welcomed a large number of visitors since the beginning of this year, signifying a strong recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huynh Dong Tuan, deputy director of Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday that the venue has welcomed about one million visitors so far this year.

A sharp increase in the number of guests has been recorded during summertime, Tuan added.

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the park still tries to improve its operating model and invest in new services to attract more visitors, thus gradually increasing its revenue.

Among the new attractions at the park, the Suoi Tien Farm allows visitors to cherry-pick grapes in the garden and learn about the hi-tech plant nurturing process, Tuan elaborated.

Meanwhile, Cu Chi Tunnels in the namesake district have been welcoming about 500 international tourists a day on weekends, a representative said, expecting the site to receive more visitors in the coming months.

“We served approximately 170,000 visitors, including 146,000 domestic tourists, in the first six months of 2022,” he elaborated.

Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 recorded more than 360,000 visitors in this year’s first half, which exceed its original target.

“We have organized a night market this summer, which lures about 1,000 guests a day and creates a new nighttime tourism product for the city,” a representative stated.

The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in District 1 admitted more than 2.3 million visitors between January and June, reaching 82.2 percent of the venue’s target for this year and generating about VND75 billion (US$3.2 million) in revenue.

The zoo has been crowded not only on weekends but also on weekdays.

After two years of being affected by the pandemic, the city's tourism industry has been taking steps to recover and develop robustly in terms of revenue and visitors, said Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, director of the municipal Department of Tourism.

The city is promoting a variety of products and services, including waterway tourism, inner city tours, and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) tourism in order to reach the target of welcoming 3.5 million international visitors this year.

“With many four- and five-star hotels as well as various restaurants and culinary services, the city is completely capable of developing MICE tourism,” Hoa explained.

The tourism department will continue working with local businesses to clear hurdles to capital access, human resources, and administrative procedures to spur the tourism sector and attract more visitors in the remaining months of the year.

The southern metropolis welcomed 11 million tourists, including nearly 500,000 international visitors, in the first six months of this year, recording a turnover of VND50 trillion ($2.14 billion).

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