First international visitors arrive in Da Nang

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 12:47

First foreign tourists come to Da Nang by cruise ship Taishan. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Lê Lâm

A flight from Hong Kong with 172 passengers landed at Da Nang International Airport on January 28.

These were the first tourists to arrive in the the city on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

On the same day, cruise ship Taishan with 900 passengers on board docked at the Tien Sa port – the first visitors to reach Da Nang by sea during the holiday.

The ship’s passengers have two days to go sightseeing in the central city, tour Hue City in Thua-Thien Hue Province and visit Quang Nam Province

During the Lunar New Year holiday, Da Nang will also welcome other ships, such as Genting Dream and SS Virgo.

Tourism has been the key economic sector in Da Nang in recent years, with the city witnessing a yearly increase in the number of tourists.

In 2016, the city welcomed 5.51 million tourists, including 1.67 million international visitors, and generated VND16 trillion (US$717 million) in revenue.

So far, there are 20 international air routes to Da Nang. Da Nang International Airport served 8.78 million passengers in 2016.

Meanwhile, the number of passenger ships arriving at Da Nang's ports has increased in recent years. In 2016, the city welcomed 58 ships with 81,271 tourists, up 3.6 times from the previous year. — VNS

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