Festive cheer in Da Nang, Hoi An hinh anh 1Tourists enjoy the Winter Festival at the ​Ba Na Mountain resort in Da Nang City. (Photo: courtesy ​Ba Na Hills)

Da Nang (VNA)
— Visitors to the central coastal city of Da Nang this New Year will find themselves immersed in a celebratory atmosphere, as the city is planning many festive activities.

Specifically, renowned resort Ba Na Hills is celebrating the Winter festival with the theme Sac Dong (Winter Colours), which will go on until the end of December. The event offers many colorful performances of art forms including circus acts, rollerblading and dancing.

Meanwhile, Da Nang Museum and Marble Mountains Tourist Area will welcome the first visitors of 2018 to these destinations on the first day of the New Year.

Other popular tourist attractions within the city are also preparing to welcome their first New Year visitors through various activities such as renovating their structures, preparing welcome banners, ensuring environmental sanitation and safety and offering attractive promotion programmes.

According to Da Nang’s tourism authority, the number of visitors to the city during the New Year 2018 is expected to reach nearly 143,000, an increase by 17.9 percent in comparison with the same period of 2017, among which, international visitors are estimated to reach over 81,000, increasing by 16.2 percent, while the domestic ones are estimated to reach over 61,000, increasing by 12 percent.

Tourists to the coastal city this festive occasion will also have the chance to travel via some new air routes such as Incheon-Da Nang, Hong Kong-Da Nang, Busan-Da Nang and Deagu-Da Nang or Osaka-Da Nang, operated by Vietjet Air, Eastar Jet, Jestar, T’way Air, and Air Busan.

On this occasion, the city’s tourism authority will hold a ceremony welcoming the first flight arriving at Da Nang International Airport on New Year day. Meanwhile, a ceremony to receive first four ships arriving at Tien Sa Port will be organised on January 1, 2018.

A "Welcoming New Year 2018" programme is taking place in the ancient town of Hoi An in the neighbouring province of Quang Nam from December 24 to January 2 to promote local tourism among domestic and international tourists.

The event includes a variety of exciting activities organised in An Hoi Garden of Statues such as night traditional arts performance and cuisine showcase, a photo exhibition featuring photos of Quang Nam’s tourism by both professional and unprofessional photographers nationwide, a dancing festival entitled "Spring Dances" featuring performances by local high school students and a musical night with many local jazz bands.

Other highlights of the programme are the re-appearance of Hoi An town in the early 20th century, the ceremony of honouring the travel agent who has brought the most tourists to the town, a flash mob performance and a lucky lottery, which will all be celebrated on December 31.

Besides, a ceremony to welcome the first group of tourists to Hoi An will take place at Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda) on January 1.

According to Nguyen Van Son, Vice Director of the local People’s Committee, the festive event is expected to leave an unforgettable impression on tourists arriving in the town for the New Year.-VNA