|Launching the National Tourism Year as Vietnam announces victory over Covid-19|
The opening ceremony of National Tourism Year 2020 was scheduled on February 22 in the northern province of Ninh Binh.
According to VNA, the year will take the theme “Hoa Lu – ancient capital of a thousand years” with 27 activities, including Bai Dinh pagoda festival that will open on January 30, Hoa Lu festival from April 1-3, and Trang An festival from April 10 to the late May 2020.
The Miss Capital ASEAN 2020 final round, the “Yellow Tam Coc - Trang An” tourism week, an international workshop on “xam” singing, a music exchange between provinces having world heritages and twinning localities at home and abroad, the second Trang An marathon tournament, and Ninh Binh trade and tourism fair are also planned for.
Other activities include Dau temple festival, Duc Thanh Nguyen temple festival, Thai Vi temple festival, display of Ninh Binh antiques, the Hoa Lu Volleyball Cup 2020, a photo competition themed “Ninh Binh land and people”, an international symposium on the preservation of world cultural and natural heritage values in combination with sustainable tourism development, among others.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will also organise 11 activities while 24 cities and provinces hold 79 events in response to the year.
It’s a chance for Ninh Binh tourism to draw local and foreign visitors and promote its tourism development, contributing to the socio-cultural development of the province.
Cancel the opening ceremony amid coronavirus outbreak
However, the ministry has also asked Ninh Binh Province to cancel the opening ceremony in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Ninh Binh Provincial People’s Committee has been requested to direct the local Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to carry out the event and coordinate with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) to organise associated activities.
According to the VNAT, Vietnam can post an 80 percent decline in the number of foreign visitors this year if the COVID-19 pandemic is not brought under control by the end of the year.
If the pandemic is controlled by June, the number of foreign visitors could fall by 70 percent to just 5.5 million, VNA reported.
It said that following the 33 percent growth posted in January, the number of foreign arrivals fell by 22 percent in February and 68 percent in March.
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