To prepare for the event, the People’s Committee of Hanoi issued Directive No.06/CT-UBND with the messages of “For a green, clean, and beautiful Hanoi,” “For a more beautiful Hanoi and Vietnam in the eyes of international friends.” The directive calls on the authorities, sectors and localities, units and agencies, and citizens of the city to keep the environment clean and beautify the capital through their cultural and civilized conduct so as to create the impression of a civilized, elegant, friendly and hospitable capital.

Foreign tourists to Hanoi 

Not only the localities with gymnasiums, stadiums, and sports facilities in Hanoi are keeping their environment clean and beautiful, Women’s Union organizations, veterans’ associations, and Youth Union chapters are actively participating in and taking the lead in the movement. SEA Games 31 is definitely a driving force for Hanoi to prosper in many aspects, including tourism.

That is because, there are many opportunities for Hanoi to promote its tourism activities and images to the world when organizing the opening and closing ceremonies and various other sports events of the 31st SEA Games.

Since mid-February, the Department of Tourism of Hanoi has developed a plan to kick off tourism activities on the occasion of the 31st SEA Games. After the review of high-quality tourist accommodation facilities, more than 10 hotels were selected to serve the 31st SEA Games. They include Melia Hanoi, Hanoi Daewoo, Pan Pacific Hanoi, Du Parc Hanoi, InterContinental Westlake Hanoi, Hyatt Regency West Hanoi.

According to Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism of Hanoi Tran Trung Hieu, a number of typical tours to visit famous landscapes and tourism products concerning the unique cuisine of Hanoi have been built especially for delegates, coaches, athletes and reporters to the 31st SEA Games.

SEA Games 31 is an opportunity for Hanoi to boost tourism.

A number of tourism businesses of Hanoi have launched new products, such as “A new and different day in the heart of familiar Hanoi” and eco-tours to the suburban areas in Ba Vi and Soc Son district, Son Tay town, or hot air balloon tours. Those tourism products have attracted thousands of people and tourists in the surrounding provinces and cities.

Chairman of the Hanoi Travel Association Phung Quang Thang expects that with more than 10,000 delegates, athletes, coaches, referees coming to Vietnam, SEA Games 31 is not only an important sporting event but also an important opportunity to boost tourism of the capital and neighboring provinces and cities.

Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism of Hanoi Nguyen Hong Minh revealed that before, during and after the 31st SEA Games, the city’s tourism sector will organize many events and activities to attract tourists. They include the Hanoi Tourism Gift Festival, the Hanoi Tourism Festival, the Festival of Food, Tourism and Craft Village of Hanoi.

In 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, Hanoi welcomed nearly 29 million visitors, including more than 7 million international visitors, thanks in part to important events taking place in the capital, such as the Second U.S.-DPRK summit, the Vesak Day. This year, the 31st SEA Games is expected to be a favorable opportunity to help the capital’s tourism sector recover and develop strongly after two years of hiatus due to the pandemic.

Translated by Huong Tra - Long Khanh