Viet Nam News
HỘI AN — The 6th Quảng Nam Heritage Festival showed off the precious values of the central province and introduced domestic and international visitors to traditional lifestyles and heritages, the festival’s Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh said at the closing ceremony in Hội An last night.
She said the festival – themed ‘Quảng Nam – Connecting Cultural Heritage Journey’ – drew thousands of artists, craftsmen, sportsmen, researchers, scientists and businesses from 33 countries and territories in an exciting week of cultural exchanges in Quảng Nam Province cities and districts.
“The festival successfully introduced traditional Quảng Nam trades, including silk, pottery, ginseng, cultural performances of ethnic groups, local cuisine and world heritages of Hội An, Mỹ Sơn Chàm Island to the global community,” Thịnh said.
“This year’s festival saw the involvement of community and friendship among hosts and visitors during a week of festivity. It’s really a favourite rendezvous for cultural exchanges among countries and friends,” she said.
The festival, which is held every five years, hosted 35 cultural events in Hội An, mountainous areas and beaches from June 7-14.
The festival was a prelude to the Financial Ministers Meeting of the 2017 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) Summit this October.
According to the festival’s organisers, nearly 1 million visitors flocked to destinations in the province during the festival.
The central province hosted 4.4 million tourists, of which 2.3 million were foreigners, in 2016, and target for 5 million tourists in 2017.
The province, 800km south of Hà Nội, has attracted 110 tourism projects since 1997. The tourism industry contributes around 10 per cent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The provincial tourism industry created total revenues of VNĐ6.8 trillion (US$302 million) in 2016. — VNS