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Electric cars to hit Hoi An streets next year

Released at: 18:20, 20/11/2016

Electric cars to hit Hoi An streets next year

Photo: Duc Anh/Illustration

Ancient town acquires 50 electric cars to ferry tourists around on certain routes.

by Nhi Linh

Visitors to Hoi An will be able to choose to travel by electric car around the ancient town’s old quarter and to An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach from 6am to 10pm, starting next year.

The city has prepared 50 electric cars to serve tourists on these fixed routes. There will also be other options, such as Tra Que vegetable village and Thanh Ha pottery village. The time taken for each car to pick up and drop off passengers is to not exceed two minutes. Journey monitoring devices will also be installed in each vehicle.

Electric cars are clean, energy-saving and environmentally-friendly and also contribute to cutting traffic congestion. Each car can carry 12 people, including the driver, and has a maximum speed of 30 km/h. Recharging is needed after 110 km.

More than ten cities have previously conducted pilot projects on electric cars, such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Quy Nhon. Ticket prices average from VND12,000 ($0.55) to VND20,000 ($0.90) and frequency is around 30 minutes.

Hoi An is organizing many activities to celebrate Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day on November 23 and the day on which it was recognized as the World Cultural Heritage Site, December 4, including a photo gallery, painting exhibitions, pottery exhibitions, foot races, and music shows.

In celebration of the 17th anniversary of being recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site, visits to the old quarter will be free on December 4.

Hoi An has been listed among the 50 most beautiful places in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler, a global luxury travel magazine. Travel website TripAdvisor also placed An Bang Beach, 3 km from Hoi An, in its Top 25 beaches in Asia. As at April 11 there were 1,248 ratings on TripAdvisor regarding the beach, of which 581 people, or 46.55 per cent, judged it “excellent” and 463, or 37 per cent, thought it “good”.

TripAdvisor itself described the beach as “lovely” and suggested the best time to visit is from May to September. An Bang Beach was also voted among the Top 100 beaches in the world by CNN Summer Travel in 2013.

Hoi An is an old trade port and has retained over 1,000 ancient relics, such as streets, houses, temples and tombs. Its architecture is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese, with a little Western as well. It was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999.

This year the city targets welcoming 2.2 million tourists, a 9.47 per cent increase. Guests staying overnight are to reach 911,000, a 4.05 per cent increase.

Last year it welcomed about 2 million tourists, up 22.43 per cent against 2014. There were more than 876,000 tourists staying overnight, up 9.98 per cent, including 710,000 international tourists, up 11.27 per cent, and about 166,000 domestic tourists, up 4.79 per cent.

Trade and tourism revenue in the city in 2015 was about VND3 trillion ($133.4 million), up 7.78 per cent compared to 2014. Trade revenue was over VND 577 billion ($25.6 million), a 2.49 per cent increase, and tourism revenue VND2.270 trillion ($100.9 million), up 9.21 per cent.

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