Tourism events in HCM City lure visitors

The city organized 32 street music shows at weekend from May to mid-December last year, attracting nearly 5 million tourists. Foreign tourists at the Nguyen Hue walking street, Ho Chi Minh City The fourth Ao Dai (traditional long dress) festival 2017 attracted over 50,000 visitors. Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Bui Ta Hoang Vu said the southern hub will develop the festival into a cultural tourism festival, making it a unique tourism product of the city. Meanwhile, the southern fruit festival, which lasted for three months, drew over 1.6 million tourists and sold over 400 tons of fruits. A highlight of the event was a floating market where more than 40 boats sold 150 kinds of fruits such as guava, rambutan, durian, strawberry, custard apple, grapefruit and palm fruit, among others, at 20-30 percent off market prices. Various activities were held as part of the festival, including a contest on southern delicious and safe fruits, the Asia food festival and folk games. Apart from organizing annual tourism events, the city also promoted sightseeing places such as the Independence Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the Cu Chi Tunnel Historical Complex, and the Bitexco Financial Tower. In 2017, HCM City welcomed over 6.38 million international vacationers and raked in over VND 115.9 trillion in revenue. In 2018, the city aims to greet 7.5 million foreign holidaymakers and gross VND 138 trillion in revenue. To realize the goal, the city will develop meeting, incentive, conference and event (MICE) tourism, culinary tourism,… [Read full story]

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