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Hanoi pushes smoke-free zones in hotels, restaurants
Publication Date : 30-01-2014
Hanoi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism wants to promote smoke-free restaurants and hotels this year, said department deputy director, Mai Tien Dung.
The department would encourage restaurants and hotels not to allow smoking in crowded areas.
The move is being made not only to improve the city's image, but also to conform with the nation's Law on Tobacco Harm-Reduction.
A representative from World Hospital Organisation's Office in Hanoi, Le Duc Truong, said that many countries banned smoking in restaurants and hotels to ensure a healthy environment. Already, a few in Vietnam also do the same.
At present, Ha Noi has 317 hotels, six hostels, five tourist apartment blocks and four luxury apartment blocks with a total of nearly 16,000 rooms.
Last year, the city received 2.5 million foreign visitors - 22.9 per cent higher than in 2012, nearly 14 million domestic visitors - 13 per cent higher than in 2012. This year, the number of foreign visitors is expected to increase by 15 per cent.