Vietnam hopes for stronger ties in culture, sports, tourism with Italy

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien (Photo: VNA)
HCM
City (VNA)
– Vietnam wants to enhance cooperation with Italy in
tourism promotion, cultural exchange, heritage preservation and sports,
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien told Italian Deputy Minister
of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Donari Bainchi on September 7.

At the
meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Thien appreciated Italy’s assistance to Vietnam in
restoring world cultural heritage site My Son Sanctuary, asking the European
nation to continue supporting his country to protect and restore UNESCO-recognised
cultural heritage.

Vietnam
is ready to coordinate with Italy in exchange programmes and sharing experience
in art performance, music and sports, he added.

Hailing
Italy’s cultural values and tourism potential, Thien expressed his hope for
cooperation with the country to expand tourism promotion programmes and create
favourable conditions to increase Vietnamese and Italian tourists to each other’s
countries.

Deputy
Minister Bainchi pledged to step up cooperation in training preservationists
and sending experts to Vietnam to get directly involved in restoring local historical and
cultural relics. Italy is also ready to organise sports cooperation programmes
such as a sports summer camp for Vietnamese youth to attend short-term football
training courses in Italy.

She said she is impressed with Vietnam’s landscapes and tourism potential, asking the
Vietnamese Government to provide more optimal conditions for tourism promotion
activities such as extending the validity of visas into Vietnam for Italian tourists or allowing
Italian tourists to exit and enter the country many times.

The two officials agreed to step up coordination to successfully
organise Vietnam’s tourism promotion programme in Italy this October and the
Italian Culture Week in Asia in Vietnam one month later.-VNA



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