A number of attractive festivals and fairs will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from December 1 to 31 in an effort to boost good consumption and attract more tourists.

A fair will take place from December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015 at Phu Tho Gymnasium where 400 booths showcase garments, food, cosmetics and handicraft items, said Deputy Director of the municipal Tourism Promotion Centre Nguyen Bao Anh.

Earlier, a food festival introducing special cuisines from 20 countries and territories will open at 23/9 park from December 4 to 7.

The visitors will be indulged in a joyful atmosphere with various cultural and sporty activities such as Flamenco dance and street music performances.

The annual ceremony to welcome the first international tourist delegation on January 1, 2015 will be held at Tan Son Nhat airport, showing the local people’s hospitality.

The city expects to welcome 4.4 million foreign holidaymakers and 17.6 million domestic visitors a year-on-year increase of 7 percent and 13 percent respectively, and the total revenue of tourism sector is estimated at 89,405 billion VND (4.3 billion USD) by the end of 2014, according to HCM City’s people committee.-VNA