15:24 | 18/07/2016 Society
‘Northwest Colours’ will be the theme of the National Tourism Year 2017, announced the organising board at a press briefing in Hanoi on July 11.
Terraced rice fields (Photo: Vietnam Pictorial)
The National Tourism Year 2017 will be hosted by the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai in co-ordination with eight Northwestern provinces - Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, and Ha Giang - as well as other cities and provinces across the country including Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Hue, Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City.
Ha Van Thang, Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Lao Cai province, said that as the host of National Tourism Year, Lao Cai has coordinated with other regional localities to prepare, with the focus on developing tourist products in the northwest region.
According to Thang, there will be 42 events during the National Tourism Year 2017, including 22 cultural, sport and tourism events, eight tourism promotion activities, and four international co-operation events.
The opening ceremony of National Tourism Year 2017 is scheduled to be held in February, 2017.
Meanwhile, a cultural, sport and tourism festival of the northwest ethnic groups to be held in October this year will be the event’s curtain raiser.
The northwest region is home to more than 30 ethnic groups, a slew of tangible and intangible cultural heritages, famous historical sites and imposing landscapes.
In 2015, the region received 8.9 million tourists, including 1.6 million foreign nationals, while the country received 7.94 million international arrivals, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The region has 12 areas earmarked for development under the national strategy on tourism development in the period through 2020, including the Dong Van Karst Plateau, Ban Gioc Falls, Mau Son Mountain, Ba Be Lake, Tan Trao, Dien Bien and Hoa Binh Reservoir.
Four national tourist attractions that feature in the strategy are Lao Cai city (Lao Cai province), Pac Po historical site (Cao Bang province), Lang Son city (Lang Son province), and Mai Chau district (Hoa Binh province).
The northwest region comprises eight provinces, namely Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Son La and Phu Tho./.