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16/11/2019 - 08:14

Winter tourism services in Hue

Although there are not yet too many new products, some new services and destinations exploited in recent years have partly created more attraction for Hue tourism this winter

Experiencing tea enjoyment atĐại nam Thái Y viện (Dai nam Royal Medical Office). Photo: Nguyen Hung

New combination

This winter, rain is forecast to be less; therefore, Hue tourism sector judges that the tourism activities are more favorable than the previous years.

Winter is also the peak season for European and American tourists. The Department of Tourism judged that the specialized services exclusively for these types of tourists will continue to be further exploited and expanded. The occasions such as Halloween, Christmas, New Year's Day are always elaborately and nicely prepared by companies. Specifically, during Halloween, there are many entertainment spaces with exciting atmosphere; Hue people join in, creating a connection between destinations and tourists.

Mr. Nguyen Van Phuc, Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism said this winter, Hue tourism put  into operation a number of new tourist attractions such as Le Ba Dang art space, Dong Khuyet Dai space, Dai nam Royal Medical Office with different services. Tourists can experience the services inside without fear of rain, promising to meet the needs of tourists to Hue.

Mr. Phuc emphasized that the new destinations are on the tourist routes to the traditional tourist sites, so it is very convenient to incorporate those destinations into the tours, effectively complementing heritage and cultural products. From now until the end of 2019, quite a few famtrip groups from European and American tourist markets will come to Hue to survey. Hue tourism sector will seize these opportunities to advertise, introduce and experience the services in order to attract tourists this year and beyond. The tourists who choose to tour three localities of Hue - Da Nang - Quang Nam also have more choices and increase the experience time in Hue.

Le Ba Dang space (Thuy Bang, Huong Thuy) is targeting the particular type of tourists, so a lot of tourism companies cannot incorporate it into their tours

Bamboo Airways has just had its first flights from Hanoi to Hue. Mr. Truong Thanh Minh, Director of the Tourism Promotion Information Center, Chairman of the Travel Association said that when Bamboo Airways was officially present in Hue, AV Travel Company combined and exploited Hanoi - Hue tour with 3 days and 2 nights. Tourists from Hanoi can come on Friday and return to the Capital on Sunday. Competitive tour tickets are also sold to international tourists to Hanoi, who need to visit Hue. The new tour also attracts domestic tourists, especially in the low season.

Adding the appropriate products

Mr. Truong Thanh Minh judged that the winter in Hue always creates certain difficulties for businesses to organize tours. How to enable tourists to enjoy the interesting experiences about the scenery, culture, heritage ... in the rain and cold of Hue is always an issue posed. Hue rain lasts long and easily discomfort tourists in going sightseeing, which leads tourists to choose to stay in the hotel rather than exploring Hue.

Ms. Duong Thi Cong Ly, Director of Hanoi Tourism Joint Stock Company, Hue Branch said that recently Hue has had some new products and destinations, but these needs to be more promoted and perfected.The survey conducted by the company showed that some destinations can basically attract tourists, but some are targeting certain types of tourists. It is very difficult to organize "popular" tours because of its impact on the plan of tour organization.

The Travel Association said that Hue lack spaces for enjoying art, for tourists to hear the stories of Hue in a cozy, traditional art space with a warm fireplace for drinking tea, eating  sweet soups ... This experience space can hold only about 30-40 tourists. Therefore, such spaces need to be soon formed so that Hue can have more highlights for tourists in winter.

Another product assessed as very suitable for exploitation in winter in Hue is the chain of resort services combined with medical examination, spiritual tourism and meditation. There is a need to organize the 3-to-5-day courses on medical examination combined with relaxation... Mr. Truong Thanh Minh said the weakness of spiritual tours in Hue, which has long been a combination of forming product chains for sale suitable for tourists’ psychology, has not yet overcome.

A plus is that Hue tourism sector welcomes the survey delegation from Singapore, who learns about and helps orient the service on spiritual products towards the formation of a supply chain in order to attract Singaporean tourists and other types of tourists in particular in the near future.

Mr. Dinh Manh Thang, Chairman of the Provincial Tourism Association also suggested what Hue needs is a space to enjoy and explore, to bring cuisine closer to tourists. If this can be done, Hue will definitely fascinate more tourists.

Story and photos: Duc Quang

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