A series of festivals kicked off the tourism season over the past week as the tourism industry is trying to raise the number of international visitors to Viet Nam.
The 2013 Hue Traditional Craft Festival took place from April 27 to May 1.
During the five-day festival, over 1,000 youngsters from across the city participated in a drawing competition under the theme “Hue through the eyes of its children”.
Meanwhile, the Goddess Ponagar Festival in Nha Trang proved a huge hit on April 30, attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims. The annual event, held to commemorate the Holy Mother of the Cham community in the central region, combines spiritual rituals with cultural activities, including a requiem and flower floating to pray for peace, happiness and prosperity, together with dancing, singing and the acting out of old stories.
Also on April 30, the “Do Son-The Call of the Sea” festival was launched in Haiphong city as part of the National Tourism Year 2013 in the Red River Delta, signaling a new tourism season in Do Son beach.
A wide range of activities will be held, including a golf tournament with the participation of more than 100 golfers, an imperial boat race, a fishing contest and a trade fair to introduce sea products.
To prepare for the week-long festival, Do Son District has paid great attention to improving the quality of human resources through opening training courses for tour guides and to measures to ensure social security and food hygiene and safety.
The 2013 Cua Lo Tourism Festival kicked off the same day in Cua Lo Town, Nghe An Province to officially launch this year’s tourism season.
With the facility of more than 6,500 guest rooms, the province expects to welcome around 2 million visitors with a turnover estimated at US$ 67 million this year. Various activities are offered to visitors including night octopus catching and tours to well-known historical and cultural sites in the area.
The explosion of cultural festivities is hoped to help reverse the latest data from the General Statistics Office, which revealed the number of international visitors to Viet Nam fell 2.4% in April to 610,000.
According to experts, the fall could be attributed to global economic conditions and the decision to increase single-entry visa fees from US$25 to $45 at the beginning of January.
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