Downtown Ho Chi Minh avenue poised to turn into pedestrian zone boosting nighttime financial system

Downtown Ho Chi Minh street poised to become pedestrian zone boosting nighttime economy

Foreigners stroll alongside Le Loi Avenue in downtown HCMC, August 2022. Picture by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

Authorities in District 1 are looking for suggestions from native authorities to show Le Loi, one of many metropolis’s busiest areas, right into a pedestrian-friendly zone to spice up night-time tourism.

In a proposal submitted to the Ho Chi Minh Metropolis’s Folks Committee, district authorities stated after the road is cleared of a development website serving the town’s first metro line, it ought to turn into a pedestrian zone.

The municipal Division of Tourism agreed with District 1’s proposal, saying it might turn into a brand new tourism product to draw extra vacationers and improve their spending.

The Division of Transport advisable the road ought to solely be closed to site visitors on weekends.

The one-kilometer-long avenue lies close to vacationer sights together with Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh Opera Home and Nguyen Hue pedestrian avenue and used to host a collection of purchasing facilities, enterprise institutions and eating places.

Nonetheless, it was blocked from mid-2014 to construct Ben Thanh Station, one of many three underground hubs of Metro Line No. 1.

HCMC at present has three pedestrian zones, together with one close to Quang Trung Monument in District 10.

The opposite two are in District 1. Bui Vien Avenue is off-limits to automobiles from 7 p.m. throughout weekends whereas the middle strip on Nguyen Hue Avenue has turn into a large plaza closed to site visitors.

In 2019, HCMC obtained over 8.6 million international guests, or almost half the full international arrivals in Vietnam.

This yr, the town eyes 3.5 million international vacationers.