Hanoi welcomes 740,000 visitors for Reunification Day and May Day

Domestic tourism witnessed a modest uptick, while international arrivals surged during the five-day holiday period.

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Dang Huong Giang, Director of Hanoi Tourism Department, stated that Hanoi welcomed approximately 740,000 tourists, encompassing both locals and international visitors, during the Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1) holidays spanning from April 27 to May 1.

A child exploring Hanoi. Photo: Quynh Anh

According to the report, Hanoi received 737,900 tourists over the holiday period, generating a total revenue exceeding VND2,500 billion or US$98.4 million, reflecting a 10% increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. Among the visitors, the number of international arrivals was estimated at 87,900, representing a 48% increase year-over-year, while the number of domestic travelers reached 65,000, matching the figures for the same period in 2023.

Giang attributed the decline in the number of domestic tourists to the weather conditions, with one of the season’s most intense heat waves coinciding with the latter part of the holiday period.

Vietnam’s second-longest public holiday has contributed to increased demand for overnight stays. The average hotel occupancy rate in Hanoi stood at approximately 60.4%, marking a 2% increase compared to the same period in 2023. Notably, the average occupancy rate for three- to five-star hotels, serviced apartments in central Hanoi, and resorts in the city’s outskirts experienced significant growth, with Glory Son Tay reaching 95%, Silkpath Boutique Hotel in downtown Hanoi achieving 94%, Melia Ba Vi Retreat at 90%, InterContinental Tay Ho at 77%, and Hilton Garden Inn also at 77%, among others.

Commercial centers offering shopping and catering services in the city witnessed an estimated 62% increase in footfall and sales over the five-day holiday, representing a 5% growth compared to the same period last year, with food services being the primary driver.

Red flags adorned the streets of Hanoi on Reunification Day and May Day. Photo: Hoang Hieu

Due to the hot weather, the number of tourists visiting eco-tourism destinations and resorts in suburban districts such as Ba Vi and Soc Son increased slightly, while certain historical sites and heritage locations in central Hanoi experienced a slight decline. Hanoi Zoo welcomed 39,188 visitors; Temple of Literature – Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam relic site received 20,697; Bao Son Paradise Park attracted 20,200 visitors; Ao Vua tourist area welcomed 18,000 visitors; Tuan Chau in Hanoi entertainment area received 7,700 visitors; Duong Lam Ancient Village hosted over 6,000 visitors; Ba Vi National Park recorded 10,241 visitors; Hoa Lo Prison Relics welcomed 13,054 visitors; and the Ethnology Museum attracted 5,000 visitors.

According to the Management Board of the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, 61,417 people visited the late leader’s final resting place during the holiday season, including 3,919 foreign visitors. On the two days of April 30 and May 1, the management board, in collaboration with the city’s tourism department, also provided complimentary water, sweet bread, and milk to both local and foreign visitors to Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum.

On this occasion, the Hanoi Department of Tourism also launched two new tourism products, including the program “Explore the Heritage Road in South of Thang Long” and the tourism model known as “The Community Tourism of Mien Village”, under the theme of “Soul Healing – Mind Calming – Wisdom Nurturing” in Hop Son Village, Ba Vi Commune, Ba Vi District.

A visitor to the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh. Photo: Van Quyet