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Ho Chi Minh City plans fireworks displays at 3 venues during second river fest opening

Ho Chi Minh City plans fireworks displays at 3 venues during second river fest opening

Sunday, May 05, 2024, 10:55 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City plans fireworks displays at 3 venues during second river fest opening
The second Ho Chi Minh City River Festival will take place on a larger scale than the first edition. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism has proposed setting off fireworks at three venues during the opening ceremony of the second Ho Chi Minh City River Festival, slated to last from May 31 to June 9, director of the department Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa said on Friday.

The department has sought the municipal administration’s approval for the three low-altitude pyrotechnic shows at the Saigon River bank in Thu Duc City, the Ba Son Wharf in District 1, and a riverside park near the Landmark 81 skyscraper in Binh Thanh District.

Following art performances at the opening ceremony, the fireworks will be set off at the three venues at 9:30 pm, 9:40 pm, and 9:55 pm, respectively, on May 31.

These shows will last 15 minutes each.

Hoa said the second river festival will be held at Saigon Cruise Port and Hiep Phuoc Port, as well as other tourist venues in the city.

This year’s river festival will take place on a larger scale than the first edition, the official added.

The High Command of Ho Chi Minh City has also proposed fireworks displays during the fest.

In 2023, the river festival was first organized in the city between August 4 and 6, drawing over 51,000 visitors.

The first-ever river festival treated revelers to a slew of art performances and captivating programs at the Saigon Cruise Port, the Bach Dang Wharf Park, and the Binh Dong Wharf, as well as along the banks of Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal and the Saigon River.

The event delighted visitors with ‘Tren Ben Duoi Thuyen’ (At the Wharf, on the Boat) spaces in the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe Canal area in District 1 and the Binh Dong Wharf in District 8, along with an outdoor art show titled ‘Saigon – River Tells Stories.’

The event helped increase the number of tourists to the city and fuel the growth of waterway tourism services.

The southern metropolis welcomed 10.8 million domestic visitors and 1.8 million international travelers in the first four months of this year, rising three and 32 percent, respectively, year on year.

The city generated some VND60 trillion (US$2.4 billion) in tourism revenue in the period, up 17 percent over the same period last year and reaching 32 percent of the full-year target.

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