Haiphong gets tourist-ready

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{mosimage}The port city of Haiphong in northern Vietnam welcomed more than two million tourists in 2005, including 512,000 foreigners, 16 percent more than in 2004. This year the city is doing what it can to increase the number of visitors.

Wishing to become a northern coastal tourist center in the recent years, the city has looked for internal strength and been promoting tourism, hoping to establish a reputation as a tourist-oriented city.

A full range of tour packages are available, including trips to the countryside south of the city, which thousand of Vietnamese and foreign tourists have enjoyed.

The scenery and traditional products of nearby craft villages and the traditional art and culture found in the Vinh Bao rural district of the city are all making a good impression on tourists.

To continue drawing visitors to the city, the Haiphong Tourism Department worked with UNESCO Vietnam, the Human and Biosphere Program, the Environment Research and Education Center, and the Vietnam Television Station and together made a film about the world biosphere reserve in the Cat Ba Archipelago. The film has been shown at the Aichi International Exhibition held recently in Japan. The tourism department also got together with the Haiphong Department of Culture and Information to organize a tourist-cultural day and the second

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