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Dong Thap hosting Culture & Tourism Week

Released at: 13:55, 10/07/2019

Dong Thap hosting Culture & Tourism Week

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Wide range of cultural and tourism activities being held in Mekong Delta province from July 10-14.

by Le Diem

A Culture and Tourism Week is taking place in Cao Lanh city, the capital of the Mekong Delta’s Dong Thap province, from July 10 to 14.

The goal of the annual event is to introduce local traditional culture, natural resources, and traditional craft villages and specialties to domestic and international tourists. It also provides an opportunity for travel companies to seek cooperation, strengthen tourism links, and create new inter-provincial tours, as well as to promote trade, investment, and cooperation in tourism development to make tourism a key sector in the province by 2020.

This year’s event will be the largest ever, with the participation of Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An ancient town in central Quang Nam province, and other cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta.

It will feature arts performance and “don ca tai tu” - typical southern folk music.

There will be a showcase introducing local tourism products, together with a conference to review tourism links between the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City in the first half of the year. FAM (familiarization) trips are also being organized for travel agents to visit orchid gardens, agri-tourism models, Tram Chim National Park, and Xeo Quyt historical and ecological sites.

As Quang Nam and Dong Thap bear many similarities, especially cultural values and agricultural and ecological products for tourism development, Dong Thap province has coordinated with the central province to introduce safe farm products, traditional craft villages, and cuisine.

A conference on agricultural tourism will be held to identify ways to develop agri-tourism in the province in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner. Dong Thap is focusing on community-based tourism to provide travel experiences with homestays, orchid gardens, and examples of local daily life, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The province has developed 73 community-based tourism sites, with most being in Lai Vung district, Thap Muoi district, and Cao Lanh city. Many households have developed models of community-based tourism that have attracted tourists and travel operators.

The event also features a series of cultural and tourism activities, including writing calligraphy on lotus leaves, as Dong Thap is the country’s “Kingdom of Lotuses” and the flower is the symbol of the province, a photo exhibition, gastronomy contests, and folk games.

Dong Thap welcomed nearly 2 million tourists in the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 2.6 per cent. Tourism revenue was estimated at VND500 billion ($21.5 million), up 25 per cent.

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