-A Monitor Report
1 Nov, 2017  |
: The 2017 Global Destinations Cities Index produced by credit card company Master-card said foreign arrivals in Hanoi grew at 16.4 per cent between 2009 and 2016, the fastest after Osaka, Chengdu, Colombo, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta and Tokyo.
Jakarta's and Hanoi's entry into the top 10 point to Southeast Asia's rising significance as a key travel hub, the report said.
In the previous edition, which measured arrivals growth between 2009 and 2015, Hanoi ranked 13th, while the Indonesian capital came in at 11th.
The survey, which ranked 132 cities, found the Asia-Pacific leading global tourism by dominating in terms of visitor arrivals and revenues, raking in US$ 91.16 billion in 2016, compared to US$ 74.74 billion for Europe and US$ 55.02 billion for North America.
Hanoi was named the cheapest travel destination by TripAdvisor travellers bet-ween 2014 and 2016. The travel site estimated last year that a three-night holiday for two in Hanoi cost only US$ 494, a quarter of the New York cost, the most expensive travel destination in the ranking.
International arrivals in Hanoi topped 3.5 million in the first nine months of this year, up 24 percent from a year ago, according to the city's statistics office.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, to visit.