Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi is working to expand its nocturnal economic activities form a typical economic sector that contributes to the socio-economic development of the capital.
The city’s main nightlife centers include Old Quarter streets such as Ta Hien, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ma May, Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Dong Xuan, Hang Bong and Hang Buom, where tourists often gather for shopping , and cooking and entertainment activities. The streets become busier on weekends.
The pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake also attract visitors. In the first three years of launch, the number of international visitors choosing to stay in Hoan Kiem District has increased by 13-22.8% every year, helping to increase state budget collection in the district.
This year, the city opened two more pedestrian zones, Trinh Cong Son Street and Son Tay Ancient Fortress.
According to Nguyen Dang Thao, Director of Duong Lam Ancient Village-Son Tay Ancient Fortress Board, every day a walking route of Son Tay Fortress receives about 10,000 visitors and even 15,000 on busy days. point.
Son Tay Fortress was a military base built in 1822 during the reign of King Minh Mang to protect the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
Night tours in Hanoi including “Decoding the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long” at Thang Long Imperial Citadel and the “Holy Night – Glorious Vietnamese Spirit” tour in Hoa Lo Prison also made the city more attractive at night.
As part of efforts to promote the city’s cultural values, boost its tourism development, and increase the stay time and spending of tourists, Hanoi designs a plan to drive the development of the nightlife economy in Hoan Kiem District, focusing on cultural, culinary, entertainment and shopping services.
Meanwhile, the city also plans to create additional nighttime pedestrian spaces around Ngoc Khanh Lake and Dao Ngoc-Ngu Xa Peninsula on Truc Bach Lake.
Director of the municipal tourism department, Dang Huong Giang, said that in addition to focusing on potential areas for the development of the night economy, the city should clarify the conditions of certain night services and issue specific regulations. in the field as well as measures to manage infringements.
Earlier, the prime minister approved a plan to develop Vietnam’s night economy to allow certain activities to take place at night until 6 a.m. the next day in some major cities and tourist areas.
The project aims to harness the potential of the night economy in Vietnam to promote overall economic growth, improve residents’ incomes while limiting risks and negative impacts on political security, social order and security.
Under the project, nighttime activities would have extended opening hours in some key tourist areas, including Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Thua Thien-Hue, Can Tho, Da Lat and Phú Quoc.
After the pilot implementation, the evaluation of economic efficiency and management efficiency would be carried out to develop a working model of the night economy and extend it to other localities.
Specific nighttime activities permitted by the plan were not disclosed.
Under the project, policies to encourage businesses and business households to participate in the night economy would be developed, including improving their ability to access formal financial sources, especially bank credit.
The promotion of tourism for night activities would be strengthened as well as the construction of night tourism products based on the cultural factors of each locality.
The prime minister also asked provincial and municipal people’s committees to study nighttime business models suitable for their regions.
The negative and positive impacts of nighttime activities must be carefully considered, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also asked localities to develop area plans to implement night activities in the future./.