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Free tours for international media covering Trump-Kim Summit

Released at: 09:08, 26/02/2019

Free tours for international media covering Trump-Kim Summit

International reporters at the International Media Centre. Photo: Tienphong.vn

International media covering summit in Hanoi offered free tours to famous attractions in the north like Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Ninh Binh.

by Le Diem

The Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNAT) has announced it is coordinating with tour operators to organize free tours to popular tourist destinations in Vietnam’s north for media coming to Hanoi to cover the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, scheduled for February 27 and 28.

There are nearly 3,000 journalists from news agencies in 40 countries and territories arriving in Hanoi, including Reuters, AP, AFP, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NHK, KBS, and Yonhap. They can register for the free tours at the International Media Center, 91 Tran Hung Dao St, Hoan Kiem District.

The reporters can discover Hanoi for free on city tour buses with open decks or take free buses with Hanoi Tourist, a leading tour company, to see nine or ten popular sites around the capital. They will also enjoy typical Vietnamese food and drinks and take a tour of the Old Quarter and visit some families that have lived in Hanoi for many generations.

Other tours with boat trips on Ha Long Bay and around Ninh Binh are already being offered by Saigontourist, another local leading travel company. Both destinations are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and have been featured in movies. Ha Long Bay boasts thousands of islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, while Ninh Binh is known as “Ha Long Bay on Land”, given its limestone mountains rising out of paddy fields. Visitors can also explore diverse grotto networks and the peaceful life of local farmers and fishing families at both destinations.

VNAT will also provide the media with information, images, and videos on Vietnam and its people as well as popular destinations and the typical cultures found in different areas. These will be available together with free handicraft souvenirs at the exhibition space at the International Media Center. Reporters can also use public buses all over Hanoi for free from February 25 to March 2.

The historic summit is also a “historic opportunity” for Vietnam’s tourism industry as the event receives global attention, according to Mr. Ha Van Sieu, Deputy Head of VNAT. Vietnam is therefore making every effort to take the opportunity to introduce and promote the beauty of the country and its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and friendly people.

Vietnam welcomed a record 15.4 million foreign visitors last year, a whopping 20 per cent increase against 2017. It is expected to welcome 17-20 million foreign visitors annually by 2020, earning revenue of $35 billion each year and contributing 10 per cent to the country’s GDP.

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