At 10.20am today, a welcome ceremony for the first 180 international air passengers to set foot in Da Nang on Lunar New Year’s Day (the 1st day of the 1st lunar month) took place at the city’s International Airport. The foreign first footers arrived on a direct Jetstar Pacific-operated flight from China’s Macau.
The event was hosted by representatives from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Department’s Travel Management Office, the Central Airports Authorities, and the municipal Tourism Promotion Centre.
During their stay in the city, the guests are scheduled to visit some of the popular tourist attractions, including the Ba Na Hills Resort, the Son Tra Peninsula, the Marble Mountains and the Museum of Cham Sculpture. In addition, they will go shopping at the Han Market and the BigC mall.
According to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the number of tourist arrivals to the city is estimated to reach about 212,837 over the Tet Festival, a 16.5% increase compared with the same period last year. An estimated 78,703 of them are foreigners, a 15.9% increase in comparison with the same period last year, whilst the remaining 134,134 are domestic visitors, a 16.8% increase.