Danang seeking to diversify foreign tourists
  • |, LD | October 22, 2019 12:18 PM
The central city of Danang is making efforts to attract more visitors from different markets to avoid the dependence on the Chinese and South Koreans who account for the majority of the city’s international travellers.

In the first nine months of this year, Danang welcomed more than 7 visitors, up 18.4% on-year, including 2.8 million foreigners, up 20.9%. Among those, Chinese and South Korean visitors accounted for nearly 80% of the city’s foreign travellers during the phase.


Tourists in Danang

Many travel firms worried that Danang is facing an imbalance in foreign tourist numbers, which would cause the city to depend on Chinese and South Korean travellers.

According to Cao Tri Dung, head of Danang Tourism Association, over the past recent years, Danang has witnessed a sharp rise in Northeast Asian tourists, particularly from China and South Korea. This was a good signal for the municipal tourism sector.

But, the domination of Chinese and South Korean travellers would pose risks for the city’s tourism industry. In case, these two markets face any negative impacts, the number of tourists to Danang would drastically fall.

“We have recognised this and are trying to boost tourism promotion activities to other markets, including Japan, Australia, India, Western Europe and Russia from now to 2021 besides keeping visitors from China and South Korea stably,” Dung added.

Despite holding a modest rate, tourist number from Thailand to Danang between January and September this year grew by 42.9% on-year. Currently, around 60 direct flights from Danang to Thailand were being conducted per week. Flights from Danang to other markets such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Canada have also been increased by 50% against last year.

The Danang Department of Tourism reported that the city will open direct air routes to Jakarta, Phnom Penh and Vientiane cities.

Danang and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak will also plan to co-operate In eco-tourism and community tourism in the 2019-2025 period.

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