10:45 | 26/12/2018 Society
(VEN) - The National Tourism Year 2019 will be held in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, under the theme “Color of the Sea”. The organization of this national event is expected to promote the province’s sea tourism potential, natural beauty and traditional culture, and attract investment in tourism development.
During the year, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ministries and agencies will jointly organize 13 activities and Khanh Hoa will organize 50 others. The opening ceremony will take place in May 2019, parallel to the curtain-raising of the local biennial Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa Sea Festival. In addition, the upcoming event will feature various special activities, such as a sea tourism program, a triathlon event, the 2019 Miss Vietnam beauty peasant, a conference on developing the central coastal areas, and a Hong Kong (China)-Nha Trang yacht race.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, deputy director general of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said the provinces hosting the National Tourism Year are often selected on the basis of proposals from localities and the themes are aimed at encouraging the development of local tourism products. “Color of the Sea” has been chosen for the National Tourism Year 2019 in Nha Trang City to help promote its sea and island tourism. Activities and events during the year will introduce local sea and island tourism, Huong emphasized.
Compared to other central coastal provinces, Khanh Hoa holds great potential for tourism development, especially sea and island tourism. The province has 385km of coastline and about 200 big and small islands, with stunning natural landscapes such as Van Phong, Nha Trang and Cam Ranh bays listed among the world’s most beautiful. It also has many beautiful beaches, with white sand, blue sea, and a temperate climate, as well as many exciting festivals such as the Ponagar Temple festival, a whale worshipping festival, and the salanganes nest festival.
The locality currently has 690 lodging facilities with more than 32,000 rooms, including 108 three- to five-star hotels with over 18,000 rooms. In addition, Khanh Hoa has modern road, railway, aviation and waterway infrastructure. More than 20 carriers operate out of Cam Ranh International Airport, providing direct flights that create favorable conditions for international tourism.
During the 2012-2017 period, the number of tourists grew exponentially from 2.3 million in 2012 to 5.5 million in 2017. By November 2018, Khanh Hoa Province had 61 travel companies, 17 branches, and two representative offices of international travel companies. It had also granted 787 international and 397 domestic guide cards. In 2018, the province is expected to welcome more than 6.3 million visitors, an increase of 15 percent compared to a year ago, including 2.8 million foreigners. Total tourism revenues are forecast to reach VND20.5 trillion.
China, Russia and the Republic of Korea are currently the largest visitor-generating markets for Khanh Hoa’s tourism. Although the number of tourists to the province has increased, especially international visitors, tourist spending remains at a low level.
Permanent Deputy Chairman of the Khanh Hoa People’s Committee Tran Son Hai said tourism is considered a spearhead economic sector in local socioeconomic development. In 2019, Khanh Hoa plans to welcome more than seven million visitors, including over three million foreigners. The province will also focus on improving tourism quality, and promoting potential and advantages of sea and island tourism.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Quang Tung said National Tourism Year 2019 is an opportunity for
Khanh Hoa Province to introduce cultural values and special tourism products to attract domestic and international
tourists, creating a breakthrough in tourism development and promoting local socioeconomic development.