Hanoi wants to further capitalize on its creative software. The Hanoi People’s Committee recently issued a plan on building a ‘Hanoi – creative city’ dossier to apply to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.
The municipal Department of Culture and Sports is tasked to join hands with the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, the UNESCO Office in Hanoi and relevant agencies to build the dossier.
The offices will conduct survey, gather documents and statistics of the city in various fields such as culture, architecture and education, among others. The office wants also to gather support from the local population and from visitors by arranging workshops and symposiums to collect opinions from Vietnamese and foreign scientists and experts.
Hanoi is indeed considered as the cultural capital of the country with a high number of art galleries, cultural and education institutions, museums and many private associations looking after fostering handicraft, design or literature. The city is also considered as one of the most striking destination for architecture. It was recently nominated by Conde Nast Traveller UK as the second best destination to visit for architecture lovers.
The dossier is set to complete before June 28. A Hanoi delegation will participate in a session announcing the result in France in November.
Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network fosters international cooperation within and across cities of the world that have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.
Hanoi is the second most visited destination in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City. In 2018, Vietnam capital city welcomed 26.31 million visitors, including more than 6 million foreigners. Hanoi is expected to welcome more than 14.3 million domestic and international visitors in the first half of 2019, a 9.5% increase from the same period last year, according to the municipal Department of Tourism. Total visitors arrivals from abroad should top 3.3 million during the same period.
The city is currently home to nearly 3,500 accommodation facilities, with more than 60,800 rooms. Notably, there are 67 hotels with between three- to five-star ratings, seven luxury condotel complexes, as well as about 10,860 houses being leased to foreigners.