Visitors ​at Lac village of Mai Chau district (Photo: VNA)

Hoa Binh (VNA) – A northwestern region community-based tourism village festival concluded in Mai Chau district of Hoa Binh province on October 9 after three days.

According to the organising board, visitors to the festival were impressed by the cultures of ethnic minority groups. Along with preserving and promoting cultural identities of the groups, the festival also helped strengthen national unity.

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Twenty collectives with outstanding contributions to the organisation of the festival were honoured as part of the event.


Within the framework of the festival, a conference was held in Mai Chau district to seek enhance the sustainable development of northwestern region community-based tourism.

With its natural landscapes and diverse ethnic cultures, northwestern localities can tourists with unique and fascinating tourism products.

However, the number of visitors to the region has yet to meet its potential due to poor infrastructure and ineffective tourism promotion, along with poor human resources quality and a worsening environment.

At the conference, participants focused on boosting community-based tourism growth to ASEAN standards, building a code of conduct for community-based tourism, and preserving ethnic minorities’ culture in developing community-based tourism.

They also discussed other issues in the region’s community-based tourism, including costumes, cultural spaces and accommodations.-VNA