Pristine beach in Quang Nam Province (Photo: VNA)
 

Quang Nam (VNA) – The 6th Quang Nam Heritage Festival showed off the precious values of the central province and introduced domestic and international visitors to traditional lifestyles and heritages, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh said at the closing ceremony in Hoi An on June 14.

She said the festival – themed ‘Quang Nam – Connecting Cultural Heritage Journey’ – drew thousands of artists, craftsmen, sportsmen, researchers, scientists and businesses from 33 countries and territories in an exciting week of cultural exchanges in Quang Nam province.

 


“The festival successfully introduced traditional Quang Nam trades, including silk, pottery, ginseng, cultural performances of ethnic groups, local cuisine and world heritages of Hoi An, My Son, Cham Island to the global community,” Thinh said.

“This year’s festival saw the involvement of community and friendship among hosts and visitors during a week of festivity. It’s really a favourite rendezvous for cultural exchanges among countries and friends,” she said.

The festival, which is held every five years, hosted 35 cultural events in Hoi An, mountainous areas and beaches from June 7-14.

The festival was a prelude to the Financial Ministers Meeting of the 2017 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) Summit this October.

According to the festival’s organisers, nearly 1 million visitors flocked to destinations in the province during the festival.

The central province hosted 4.4 million tourists, of which 2.3 million were foreigners, in 2016, and target for 5 million tourists in 2017.

The province, 800km south of Hanoi, has attracted 110 tourism projects since 1997. The tourism industry contributes around 10 percent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The provincial tourism industry created total revenues of 6.8 trillion VND (302 million USD) in 2016. –VNA