Spreading smiles at Ha Long Carnival

16:00 | 25/05/2015 Society

(VEN) - Once a normal tourism destination, now the beach city of Ha Long is regarded as an international destination, and one of the unique features of the city is its carnival.

Spreading smiles  at Ha Long Carnival

Although the 2015 Ha Long Carnival was held 10 days later than the annual usual plan (On April 30 and May 1), the art performance on the street held on May 8th in Ha Long City still attracted the participation of thousands of domestic and foreign visitors.
The contents of this year’s program included three parts: “Greetings from the beach city”, “Convergence of Quintessence” and “The smile of Ha Long” with participation of more than 2,700 local and foreign professional and amateur artists. This was a combined art performance between singing-dancing and music performance on stage and along nearly 1km stretch of a local street.
One of the new features of Carnival Ha Long 2015 was that the art performances on the main stage and on the street took place at the same time. This combination made viewers feel more clearly about a novelty and created a more lively and new festive atmosphere. In addition, the tourist sites in the province were introduced and inserted with local cultural characteristics.
According to Vice chairman of the Quang Ninh Province People’s Committee Dang Huy Hau, the annual Ha Long Carnival was held for the first time in 2007. After eight years with continual innovations and creativeness both in form and in content, each year the carnival brought new experiences to domestic and foreign tourists and became a special, distinctive and unique product and a brand of Quang Ninh tourism.
The Ha Long Carnival 2015 was not only an impressive and colorful cultural festival but also helped audience understand more about the friendliness and hospitality of the local people. This was shown right in the theme of the festival -   ‘Convergence of Quintessence – Spreading Smiles’.
Talking about this theme, General Director of Ha Long Carnival 2015 Dinh Anh Dung said when mentioning Quang Ninh Province, people could think instantly of the Ha Long Bay, but there are also other outstanding potentials with valuable tangible and intangible cultural heritages. In addition, Quang Ninh has also launched the program “The smile of Ha Long”, which was aimed to broadcast the image of friendly and hospitable Ha Long people and Quang Ninh people in general with lovely smiles to tourists.  
Ha Long Carnival has helped the local region to attract an increasing number of domestic and foreign visitors. The Quang Ninh Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s statistics showed that, in the first four months of this year, Quang Ninh attracted 4.2 million visitors (including about one million foreign visitors), a year on year increase of 14 percent and equal to 54.9 percent of the year’s plan. In 2015, Quang Ninh tourism sector targets to welcome 7.7 million tourists (including 2.7 foreign visitors), an increase of 200,000 visitors compared with 2014, with a revenue of VND6.5 trillion, VND1 trillion plus more than last year. Quang Ninh targets to become an international standard tourism center by 2020.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is preparing a plan to develop Ha Long into a nationally-recognized tourist brand. Experts have said that Ha Long has necessary conditions to achieve this.

                                                                                                                                                                             By Thanh Tam

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