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Bicycle parade celebrates World Tourism Day 2013

Nhan Dan Online – The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism announced this morning that roughly 150 university and college students from Hanoi are joining a bicycle parade tomorrow as part of the 2013 World Tourism Day festivities.

This year’s celebration is themed ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future’, which shines a spotlight on the actions taken by the tourism industry to contribute to a more sustainable water future.

The bicycle parade is going to depart from the Hanoi Opera House in three groups and ride on major street routes before finishing at Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park, with a view to convey the message of responsible tourism and water resource protection to local people and tourists.

According to a report released by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam has welcomed approximately 5.5 million international tourist arrivals in the first nine months of the year, representing a year-on-year increase of 9.9%, while domestic tourist arrivals are estimated at 31 million, up 11% compared to the same period of 2012.

Total revenue from tourists has reached roughly VND153 billion (US$7.2 million) in the period, increasing 23.5% against last year.

The report also pointed out the weak points and challenges Vietnam tourism needs to address, including poor service quality, overcharging and insufficient infrastructure.

Created Date: 10/10/2013
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