Da Nang is seeking to encourage travellers to stay longer and
spend more while in the central city after surveys found that many people stay
there for less time than in neighbouring Hoi An and Hue.
Travellers stay in Da Nang for 1.8-2 days and spend money (on things like
shopping) for an even shorter period, Huynh Minh Nhon, deputy director of the
city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, told a press conference held
last week to introduce the "Da Nang - the Reservoir in Summer 2012" tourism
Russian travellers coming by chartered aircraft spend only four of their 15-day
tours in Da Nang despite landing there. They spend four days each in Hoi An and
Nha Trang and two days in Hue.
Reports released by the department show that 664 Russians have arrived in Da
Nang since the first flight on May 12 and only 200 of them stayed in Da Nang.
"The problem is that travellers cannot see good conditions for them to integrate
into the community," Nhon said.
According to a survey by the Da Nang Socio-Economic Research and Development
Institute, 92.3 per cent of foreign travellers to the city spent less than
US$2,000. In fact, 70.8 per cent spent less than $500, while only 6.5 per cent
The high costs of accommodation and services and inconvenient traffic are the
reasons making Da Nang unattractive to visitors.
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