Hanoi was ranked 7th on a new list of 10 fastest-growing tourism cities together with Jakarta indicating Southeast Asia’s rising significance as a key travel hub.
Foreign arrivals to Hanoi grew 16.4 percent between 2009 and 2016, based on MasterCard’s The Global Destinations Cities Index 2017 report, after Osaka, Chengdu, Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta and Tokyo.
Hanoi ranked 13th in the previous edition of the report, which measured arrivals growth between 2009 and 2015, while Jakarta ranked 11th.
Asia-Pacific raking in $91.16 billion in 2016 and is leading global tourism by dominating visitor arrivals and revenue compare with $74.74 billion for Europe and $55.02 billion for North America.
Half of world’s top 10 destination which are: Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo located in this region.
TripAdvisor also named Hanoi as the cheapest destination between 2014 and 2016 with an average budget for 3 nights holiday cost only $494, one fourth compare with city of New York – the most expensive one.
In 2015, the visual social network Pinterest ranked the Vietnamese capital the third most-pinned location of all time, while Lonely Planet named the city’s Old Quarter a once in a lifetime experience.
International arrivals to Hanoi in 2016 increased 4 millions from previous year which is a 23 percent grown.
The number reached 3.5 million in the first nine months of this year, up 24 percent from a year ago, according to the city’s statistics office.0