Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNTA), said the regional sport event offers a golden opportunity for Vietnam to promote its tourism. The Games is taking place in Hanoi and 11 neighboring cities and provinces, from May 12-23 with the participation of nearly 5,000 athletes from 11 countries in the region. This is the second time Vietnam has hosted SEA Games, the first in 2003. Two years after the 2003 SEA Games, the number of international tourists to Vietnam rose sharply, from 10-20 percent annually, Sieu said. Prior to the ongoing SEA Games 31, scheduled to last until May 23, Vietnam started to fully reopen its borders on March 15, with a host of incentives towards both domestic and international visitors. On the occasion of the Games, the VNTA has launched a special website at https://seagames31.vietnamtourism.gov.vn/ that gives an overview on Vietnam's tourism as well as necessary information regarding visa, exit-entry and medical procedures to foreign visitors. The website also spotlights tourism in Hanoi and the 11 localities that host the Games – Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc, Bac Giang, and Phu… Read full this story
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