The sky over Binh Thuan Province in south-central Vietnam was lit up by spectacular fireworks and colorful drone lights on Saturday night as the opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year 2023 themed ‘Binh Thuan-Green Convergence’ was held on Phan Thiet City’s beach.
The National Tourism Year 2023 will feature over 200 events, with 13 of them to be organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and other ministries.
Among them, Binh Thuan Province will host more than 30 cultural, tourism and sports events, while rolling out 164 other events with the participation of 41 centrally-administered cites and provinces throughout the year.
|An amazing drone show simulates dragon fruit, for which Binh Thuan Province is known. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre
According to the organizer, last year saw Vietnam’s tourism as a highlight of the country’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts, with an upsurge in the number of domestic tourists.
Tourism is meant to become one of the nation’s spearhead economic sectors.
The National Tourism Year, which is a typical annual event, is aimed at stimulating the growth of tourism and driving up the post-pandemic recovery.
Via the event, Vietnam can popularize cultural features, tourism potential, and tourist products among local and international visitors.
|A drone show simulating the Vietnamese national flag with a yellow five-pointed star on a red background lights up the sky. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre
A series of activities in the National Tourism Year 2023 in Binh Thuan Province reflect a bright expectation of the tourism industry, including efforts in promoting and introducing tourism and turning the industry into a spearhead economic sector in Vietnam in general and Binh Thuan in particular.
Binh Thuan Province is endowed with a long coastline of 192 kilometers, Phu Quy Island, natural tourism resources, and stunning landscapes, while the province is home to the Mui Ne national tourism area.
These factors make the province capable of developing various types and products of tourism such as leisure tourism, sightseeing, adventure tourism, sea-based tourism, eco-tourism, cultural tourism, and religious tourism.
|A photo shows an art performance highlighting the cultural features of the Cham ethnic minority group at the opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year 2023 in Binh Thuan Province. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang said that the important event is a response to the message sent from the third national conference on tourism chaired by the prime minister.
Over the past few years, together with socioeconomic growth, the tourism industry has made great strides and become a key sector, said the deputy prime minister.
Vietnam’s tourism really becomes a spotlight on the global tourism map, winning multiple global awards, he affirmed.
With the theme ‘Binh Thuan-Green Convergence,’ the country’s tourism is moving toward a sustainable and green sector, Quang added.