Hanoi looks to improve nightlife experience
  • | | September 12, 2020 04:38 PM
Experts shared their opinions about how to develop tourism via nightlife experiences for Hanoi.


Tourists in Hanoi's Old Quarter

Hoan Kiem District People's Committee has completed a pilot plan to boost the night-time economy in the area. According to the district authorities, the night-time economy has been formed in Hoan Kiem for years such as the pedestrian street, beer street, clubs and bars. Some of them have become an inseparable part of daily life there and an attraction to tourists.

According to the report, 65 facilities that are allowed to open until 2 am have seen revenues increased year on year. The average monthly revenue in 2017 increased by 55% compared to 2016. The monthly revenue in 2018 increased by 30% compared to 2017 and the revenue in 2019 increased by 10% compared to 2018. The street food area on Tong Duy Tan Street which was created in 2003 has operated well with 54 facilities. Food safety hygiene standards are also high compared to other places. It has attracted many tourists after 6 pm.

However, there are still many problems that need to be dealt with like the lack of parking places.

Hoan Kiem District authorities pointed out that the night-time economy is lucrative but the nightlife experience in Hanoi is still lacking and its potential hasn't been fully exploited. Hoan Kiem People's Committee asked to let all businesses, from the spa, entertainment, financial and shopping areas to open through the night. They will organise the night food area on Tong Duy Tan-Cam Chi. Trang Tien Street will be turned into a fashion street for fashion runways. Shopping areas with specific themes will be organised and open 24/7.

Vice-chairman of Hoan Kiem People's Committee Nguyen Anh Quan said that they would work with tour agencies to organise night-time tours to cultural and historical relics, art performance shows and explore local cuisine at night. According to them, not as many facilities have registered to open until 2 am as hoped. After midnight, most people gathered at the majority of those registered facilities which are nightclubs and bars. The other facilities said that since the pedestrian street only opens at weekends, it's hard to train and arrange an experienced night-shift staff.

Nguyen Manh Tuan, chairman of Hanoi Tourism Association, said that the pilot plan for Hoan Kiem District only extends the opening hours of bars, restaurants and pedestrian street. It still lacks breakthroughs to make night-time activities more diverse. He went on to say that they can allow some services that are considered sensitive and put them under strict monitoring and management.

Economist Nguyen Thi Thuy agreed that the bigger half of the revenue comes at night. She said day-time tourism only contributed 30% of the total tourism revenue, 70% of the revenue came from night-time activities. Even in big cities like Hanoi, Danang and HCM City, the night-time activities are only limited to eateries and shopping. In order to make the night-time economy better and more diverse, more unique and diverse services will be a huge help. However, the authorities should survey tourist demands and needs first instead of making assumptions.

Department of Tourism said that the pilot plan has been transferred to the Hanoi Institute for Socio-Economic Development Studies for review. According to the department, this is a long process and they must take into account the human resource and management system.

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