With the aim of attracting more domestic and foreign tourists, The Hanoi People’s Committee are testing longer opening hours, until 2am, for restaurants & bars in Hoan Kiem district. Free wi fi will also be available and Hoan Kiem Lake will be traffic free from September 1.
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Hanoi’s Old Quarter is considered to be an attractive & historic place that is popular for both domestic and foreign tourists.
So, Hanoi’s authorities have made several decisions to promote tourism in the future.
According to the statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, during the first six-months of this year Hanoi welcomed 1.5 million international visitors. An increase of nearly 40% over the same period last year and with tourism revenues reaching 55,000 billion VND.
The number of tourists to Hanoi has constantly risen, accounting for 35% of the total international visitors to Vietnam, bringing key revenue for the capital and the country.
According to a recent decision by the municipal People’s Committee, restaurants and bars in Hoan Kiem district will be allowed to remain open until 2am instead of midnight from September 1.
The rule is only being applied from Friday to Sunday on a trial basis.
The aim of the pilot plan is to draw more tourists, particularly foreign tourists, and control late-night business operations in Hanoi capital.
The decision has received positive feedback from travel companies who hope that it will encourage tourists stay longer in Hanoi.
Also the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake will be closed to traffic for pedestrians at weekends from September 1.
The streets will be closed to traffic from 7pm-2am in summer and 6pm-2am during winter between Friday & Sunday and on some holidays.
The streets include Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Lai, Le Thach, Dinh Le, Nguyen Xi, Trang Tien (from Ngo Quyen to Dinh Tien Hoang), Hang Khay, Le Thai To, Hang Trong (from St. Joseph’s Cathedral to Le Thai To), Nha Tho and the Cathedral square.
The trial period will run until the Lunar New Year (Tet) Holiday 2017.
The first pedestrian streets in Hanoi – Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong and Dong Xuan in the Old Quarter – were inaugurated in 2004, where visitors could walk, shop and sample street foods.
In addition, Hanoi will offer free wifi around Hoan Kiem Lake next month.
Twenty-one hotspots are being installed around Hoan Kiem Lake as Hanoi prepares to launch its free public wifi service in the area from September 1.
Visitors to Hoan Kiem Lake, a famous destination, will be able to roam using the free wifi hotspots.
The free wifi hotspots will debut at the same time Hanoi city starts to turn streets around Hoan Kiem Lake into walking-only streets every evening from Friday to Sunday to make the area more tourist-friendly.