HANOI, 11 January 2018: Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has urged authorities of the former imperial capital of Hue to capitalise on the city’s heritage and culture to draw more international tourists.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the former imperial capital is the main tourist destination in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
The Government’s news website chinhphu.vn quoted the PM saying the city should take full advantage of its historical values and cultural heritage to make a breakthrough for the province’s tourism sector.
The central city, home of the Nguyen Dynasty, which reigned from 1802 until 1945, has been dubbed the “Kyoto of Vietnam,” due to its abundance of historical and cultural sites, including the former Hue Imperial Citadel and royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty kings.
In 2017, the province welcomed 3.8 million visitors, an increase of 16% over 2016. Around 1.5 million visitors were foreigners.