Tourists invited to explore unique ethnic culture in Y Ty

NDO – The Y Ty Autumn Festival officially kicked off in the northern province of Lao Cai on September 2. Y Ty, a commune in Bat Xat district, has become a famous destination among travellers. It is well-known for both natural and human beauty. The festival, held for the first time, has drawn thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. The festival, part of the National Tourism Year 2017 themed “Colours of the Northwest”, features various activities demonstrating the special culture of ethnics in Bat Xat. The event features a wide range of activities such as a photo exhibition on the land and people of Y Ty, folk games, a mountain climb race, art performances, among others. Visitors to the event can learn more about “trinh tuong” (earthen) houses of the Ha Nhi ethnic group and daily activities of northwestern people such as weaving and making “banh day” (a kind of glutinous rice cake) and liquor. Aside from folk games, songs and dances, tourists can also experience local farmers’ life, buy souvenirs and taste the mountainous cuisine at a market. Visitors are provided with a chance to enjoy beauties of the The Pa terraced rice field valley – a national tourist attraction – and the primary forest. ... [read more]

Viet Nam News PHÚ THỌ - Tourism development cooperation among eight Vietnamese northwestern provinces yielded substantial results in 2016, according to a tourism review conference held in the northern province of Phú Thọ on Monday. Hosted by the Phú Thọ Province People's Committee, the conference brought together provincial leaders from Phú Thọ, Lào Cai, Lai Châu, Điện Biên, Sơn La, Yên Bái, Hà Giang and Hòa Bình, as well as representatives from the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism and local tourism enterprises. The conference discussed the positive results of tourism cooperation in four fields: policies, development of typical tourism products, promotion and development of human resources. In 2016, tourism activities were shown to be more effective than ever. The number of visitors to the region was estimated at nearly 18 million, 11.8 per cent more than 2015. In addition, the region hosted 6.4 million overnight visitors - including 1.2 million foreigners - an increase of 11 per cent. Addressing the conference, Hà Văn Siêu, deputy director general of Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, acknowledged the contribution of the provinces and tourism agencies. However, he suggested that the region's tourism industry, despite its high potential, has not been properly developed. "The national tourism year 2017 in the northwest will wake up the region's potential and open up opportunities for the development of the northwestern tourism," he said. At the conference, participants also discussed the main contents of the programme and its current problems. They suggested diversifying tourism products, tightening…... [read more]

The tour aims to promote cross-border tourism between Vietnam and China, as well as the common development of the four locales in particular. The launch ceremony was attended by leaders of Mong Cai city and the Tourism Department of Quang Ninh province, and China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Tourism Development Committee, Dongxing and Guilin city authorities. According to Nguyen Tien Dung, Vice Chairman of Mong Cai city People’s Committee, under the framework of the tour, travellers from the two countries will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of tourism products of each side. The province’s authorities and tourism sector will continue to create conditions, improve service quality and offer tours to meet visitor demand, he said. The event is considered as one of main activities in Vietnam National Tourism Year 2017. Two groups, with 60 visitors, from Vietnam and China carried out entry and exit procedures at the Mong Cai international border gate on the opening day. The number of Chinese visitors accounts for about 40 percent of the total foreign tourist arrivals to Quang Ninh province each year. In 2016, Mong Cai welcomed 1.6 million visitors.... [read more]

The first Sapa Snow Festival attracted 23,000 visitor arrivals during December 23rd - 25th, 2016. Visitors were invited to play folk games, enjoy traditional songs and dances, and taste signature dishes of local people. The festival was held to advertise the tourism potential, cultural beauty, land and people of Sapa and Lao Cai province in general to tourists at home and abroad. On the sidelines, it featured various activities such as singing and dancing performances, folk games, a re-enactment of the Red Dao ethnic group’s traditional wedding, and a photo exhibition of snow in Sa Pa. The Festival is one of the first activities of the National Tourism Year 2017, which is themed “Lao Cai-Northwest”. It is expected to be a new tourism product held annually to offer tourists a chance to experience Sa Pa’s winter. Sapa district has welcomed around 970,000 tourists since the beginning of this year, including about 745,000 local visitors. The total revenue of the local tourism sector was over VND1.69 trillion./. BTA... [read more]

(TITC) – On December 25, 2016, the closing ceremony of National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – the Mekong Delta themed “Discovering the Southern Land” took place in Kien Giang Province. According to Mr. Pham Vu Hong - Chairman of Kien Giang provincial People’s Committee, the National Tourism Year 2016 has contributed to boosting investment in tourism infrastructure projects such as resorts in Phu Quoc Island, Phu Quoc International Passenger Port, cable car system An Thoi – Hon Thom, etc. In particular, in 2016, Kien Giang attracted 15 projects, adding to the total of 435 tourist accommodations with 10,998 rooms. Also, the province received 5.4 million tourist arrivals, increasing 24% over 2015 including 319,000 international arrivals, rising 31.4% over last year; total tourism receipt reached VND 3,532 billion. Speaking at the event, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien stressed that in 2016, Viet Nam’s tourism sector, with its efforts recorded a mark with 10 million international visitor arrivals, increasing 26.0% compared with the previous year and 62 million domestic trippers; earning over VND400 billion. Addressing the closing ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam highly valued the contribution of tourism sector, local authorities, business and local communities nationwide, particularly Kien Giang and Mekong Delta provinces to the success of the National Tourism Year and the growth of tourism sector in 2016. In 2016, many important issues related to e-visa, tourism promotion, exit and entry regulations, etc. have been settled. Furthermore, tourism service quality has been improved…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the People`s Committee of Kien Giang province jointly organised a ceremony to close the National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – the Mekong Delta, themed “Discovering the Southern Land”, in Phu Quoc island district on December 25. In the National Tourism Year 2016 hosted by Kien Giang, an array of national and global-scale events were held in Mekong Delta cities and provinces and several localities across the country. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attends the ceremony. Speaking at the event, Chairman of Kien Giang provincial People’s Committee Pham Vu Hong said during the year, the locality has attracted 15 tourism projects. Particularly, the National Tourism Year 2016 has been a big opportunity for Phu Quoc to promote itself as a tourist paradise, attracting domestic and foreign investors. In 2016, the island had 244 valid investment projects with a combined capital of over 314 trillion VND (14 billion USD), according to the Phu Quoc Economic Zone Management Board. The province welcomed over 5.4 million visitors, up 24 percent annually. Of them, over 319,200 are foreigners, a 31.4 percent increase from last year. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Vu Duc Dam praised the efforts of the tourism sector, local authorities, mass organisations and local communities in improving tourism environment, contributing to the success of the National Tourism Year 2016. Revenues from tourism sector grew 18.6 percent while the annual number of foreign visitor arrivals surged over 26…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Việt Nam has received more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016 - a new record for the country's tourism industry. The figure was given at a conference held on Sunday to review the National Tourism Year 2016 - Phú Quốc - Mekong River Delta. At the event, which took place at the famous island of Phú Quốc in the southern province of Kiên Giang, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyễn Ngọc Thiện said that the new record is a meaningful milestone for the industry as the figure of 10 million is far beyond the target of 8.6 million tourists. British citizen Michael Tonge became the 10 millionth tourist visiting the country when he arrived on Phú Quốc Island on Sunday. In 2016, Vietnamese tourism also has witnessed record growth, with the number of foreign tourists increasing 20 per cent. At the conference, vice chairman of the Kiên Giang provincial's People Committee Mai Văn Huỳnh, said as the National Tourism Year 2016 was focusing on Phú Quốc, the province had tried its best to implement several events and activities to further promote the island's tourism potential, aiming to attract more tourists to the spot. Among those promotional activities was the launch of the Phú Quốc - Kiên Giang Green Tourism campaign, which aims to develop the region's tourism based on its potential of natural land and sea landscapes while heightening natural and environmental protection among local residents, enterprises and tourists. "During the National…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – the Mekong Delta, themed “Discovering the Southern Land”, came to an end on Sunday on Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province. The year-long event, hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Kien Giang Provincial People’s Committee, was part of a series of national and global events held in Mekong Delta cities and provinces and other localities nationwide to introduce Vietnam’s tangible and intangible cultural values, people, and beautiful regional landscape. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam says the National Tourism Year 2016 raised revenues from tourism activity 18.6 percent and helped the number of international tourist arrivals to surge 26 percent. He hailed local investors for investing in large-scale, high-quality tourism projects emulating international standards. The Deputy PM expressed his hope that National Tourism Year 2017, themed “Northwest Colors” and hosted by Lao Cai province, will continue to propel Vietnam’s tourism sector forward.... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has praised the efforts by tourism sector to make the National Tourism Year 2016 a success with an increase of 18.6% in revenue and 26% in foreign visitors. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the “National Tourism Year 2016: Phu Quoc - Mekong River Delta” in Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang province, Deputy PM Dam said he hopes that National Tourism Year 2017 to be hosted by Lao Cai will give momentum to Vietnam’s tourism industry. On Sunday, Vietnam welcomed the 10millionth foreign visitor, Mr. Andrei Balzer from the UK, at Phu Quoc international airport. This year, the number of foreign tourists increased by 2 million compared with last year. The sector served 62 million domestic tourists and earned total revenues of 18 billion USD. Vietnam aims to lure 11.5 million international tourists, serve 66 million domestic visitors, and earn 20 billion USD in revenue next year.... [read more]

Kien Giang (VNA) – The National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – the Mekong Delta, themed “Discovering the Southern Land”, came to an end at a ceremony held in Phu Quoc island district, Kien Giang province on December 25. During the year hosted by Kien Giang, a series of national and global-scale events were held in Mekong Delta cities and provinces and several localities nationwide. Chairman of Kien Giang provincial People’s Committee Pham Vu Hong said as a result of the year, the province has attracted 15 tourism projects and served over 5.4 million visitors, up 24 percent annually. Of them, over 319,200 are foreigners, a 31.4 percent increase from last year. Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam hailed the efforts of the tourism sector, local authorities, mass organisations and local communities in improving tourism environment, contributing to the success of the National Tourism Year 2016. Revenues from tourism activity rose 18.6 percent while the annual number of international tourist arrivals surged over 26 percent to reach 10 million for the first time ever, he said. The Deputy PM expressed his hope that the National Tourism Year 2017, themed “Northwest Colours” and hosted by the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, will further propel Vietnam’s tourism forward./.... [read more]




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