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.