Tourism Year to focus on Red River region
HAI PHONG (VNS)— The rich cultural tapestry of the Hong (Red) River Civilisation is being celebrated during the National Tourism Year 2013 in the delta, which kicked off last night in the northern port city of Hai Phong.
Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the annual event aims to promote national tourism and connect it with socio-economic development.
"The National Tourism Year has now come to this region and will highlight the outstanding value of the Hong River Civilisation, allowing us to sustainably develop this unique culture and improve eco-tourism. In addition, the event will also help connect other heritage sites and biosphere reserves across the country, promoting quality tourism," remarked culture minister Hoang Anh Tuan at the launching ceremony.
This year's event follows the National Tourism Year 2012 for the north-central coastal region that recently drew to a close in Hue City.
According to the Chairman of the Hai Phong City People's Committee, Duong Anh Dien, all the cities and provinces of the Red River Delta region have diverse natural landscapes.
"The Delta is a cradle of the wet rice civilisation and is proud of its outstanding cultural and historical value. Numerous significant architectural relics, traditional festivals and ancient villages have cemented the region's unique and rich culture," he said.
The National Tourism Year 2013 will provide an opportunity for Hai Phong and other cities in the region to strengthen their regional co-operation and offer more tourism services.
To mark the event, Hai Phong will organise several activities such as a lion dancing performance, fishing contest and a festival at Trang Trinh temple. — VNS