The northern mountainous province of Lang Son, home to seven ethnic groups, is looking to preserve its traditional festivals in order to promote cultural and tourism potential.

The locality now has more than 300 festivals organised throughout the year. However, according to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Van Pao, commercialisation and wastefulness have been reported at many of them.

Therefore, Lang Son will continue intensifying the implementation of a campaign to build a cultural lifestyle in residential areas in order to ensure the pure nature of festivals, while diversifying cultural and tourism products to serve locals and visitors.

It will tighten coordination between local authorities and offices to ensure social order and safety and environmental sanitation, and arrange service shops appropriately at relic sites during the festivals.

Inspections will be also strengthened to detect any organisations and individuals who take advantage of festivals to increase prices for tourists or seek profit from relic site conservation.-VNA