At the conference for the development of tourism in the Hoan Kiem district, held on 10 may 2012, the travel experts said that Hanoi should focus on exploitation and construction of the old quarter in the direction of cultural tourism, shopping and entertainment to increase the attractiveness to domestic and foreign tourists.
Not only attracts tourists by its history, tradition, Hanoi old quarter has also many advantages in the value of architecture, humanities and cuisine. The old quarter contains densely 188 relics and cultural values inside. In addition, the old quarter has acient houses in the tube form with dark brown tile roofs, narrow-short streets, create the opposite fact to the exciting trade conditions for tourists attractions. The old 36 streets residents with their talent and elegant life-styles as the specific characteristics of the capital city also attract visitors for studying and exploration.
Recently, Hoan Kiem district has focused on tourism exploitation by bringing electric vehicles into the service, building pedestrian routes on the weekends. But without the true attention and management, Hoan Kiem tourism products are limited, not really attractive to the tourists.
It is expected in the period from now to 2016, Hanoi and Hoan Kiem district will focus on development of the old quarter into a tourist center of the city. The district will strive to achieve the revenues from trade and tourism to 97-98%.
To achieve the goal, Hoan Kiem District will be in collaboration with the tourism industry for infrastructure upgrading, maintaining the monuments system, restoration of some traditional trade, building more special old quarter tours, speeding up tourism promotion activities and handling cases clinging to tourists.