Da Nang (People’s Daily)-As the most attractive tourist city in Vietnam, Da Nang has welcomed more than 500,000 Chinese tourists in the past 10 months, surpassing last year’s total, a local tourism promotion official said.
Photo: APEC Park in Da Nang
Nguyen Thi Hoai An, Deputy Director of the Da Nang Center for Tourism Promotion, told People’s Daily at the APEC International Media Center that APEC summits and President Xi Jinping's visit to Vietnam could introduce the city to more Chinese citizens, that may help the city attain its target of 550,000 Chinese tourists in 2017.
Photo: Da Nang tourism information inquiry
"Da Nang has received more than two million overseas tourists, and more than a quarter of them are Chinese, who patronize our hotels, restaurants, and tourism spots." Nguyen said.
Last month, the mobile app "DANANG-FantastiCity" was launched, and its Chinese version aims to help Chinese tourists know the city better.
Photo: An interviewee introduces the mobile app
Investing in Da Nang is another option for the Chinese. “So many Chinese have chosen to invest in Da Nang,” she added.
Nguyen said she believes tourism serves as a natural bridge between the two countries. More Chinese people are visiting Da Nang and other Vietnamese cities, and it is through their tours that they get to know the real Vietnam, establish friendship with the Vietnamese and help promote bilateral ties.