Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam and is now the capital city of Thua Thien-Hue Province, located on the central coast.

Tourists coming to Hue today do not have so many choices to enjoy their holidays, tourism experts and travel firms said at a conference to boost the central city’s tourism development on Friday.

Experts pointed out at the event that the tourism products in Hue are not diverse enough, with most of the packages involving visits to cultural heritages citywide.

In the meantime, new tourism products are still being developed, therefore not available to serve holidaymakers, they said.

When night falls, normally the best time for tourists to get some fun, Hue also has nothing interesting to thrill visitors, according to industry insiders.

Others complained that hotel and food service prices in Hue are too high, given their quality.

Tourists are still annoyed and overcharged by scam traders, and most of the city’s tourism promotion campaigns were poorly organized and unimpressive.

The Festival Hue, a biannual event of national significance which aims to enhance cultural exchange between participating countries and promote local tourism, only helps the city become more interesting during the festive time.

Once the festival is over, the city is left in its usual frigid atmosphere, according to experts.

The conference also pointed out that every edition of Festival Hue tends to include too many shows and activities.

Experts thus suggested at the meeting that Hue promote diverse hues and shades of its tourism products to solve all such problems.

The new products could be beach tours in Lang Co Beach and mountain adventure packages on Bach Ma Range, according to insiders.

While tourists will always visit imperial palaces and mausoleums in Hue, they should be taken also to pagodas, temples, fruit gardens or houses in the countryside.

The tourism sector of Hue should therefore try to attract investors with healthy financial muscles to have capital to develop such new products, rather than incapable investors, said Cao Tri Dung, chairman of Vietnam Travelmart, a tourist agency in the neighboring city of Da Nang.

In 2015 Hue only welcomed more than 3.2 million visitors, a four percent drop from a year earlier.

By comparison, Da Nang received 4.6 million tourists in the same year, a 20.5 percent year on year increase.

Tuoi Tre News - April 2, 2016