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Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) recently revealed the programme for the 2019 National Tourism Year themed “Nha Trang, colour of the sea.”

The tourism year is seen as a golden opportunity for the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa to promote its cultural heritage, natural resources and tourism products, thus attracting more domestic and foreign tourists to the locality.

The MCST urged Khanh Hoa to improve state management in tourism, create favourable conditions for businesses to participate in the activities, ensure political security and social order and safety and protect the environment.

There will be three major events, including the opening ceremony scheduled for late 2018, the Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa sea festival in May 2019 and the closing ceremony in late 2019.

Highlights of the programme will be beauty pageants like Miss Universe Vietnam and Miss Tourism ASEAN, along with the Hong Kong-Nha Trang Yatch Race.

Khanh Hoa, with a coast of more than 380 km and hundreds of islands and islets, and a sunny year-long climate, has many advantages for tourism, especially sea-island tourism.

Besides Nha Trang Bay, Khanh Hoa also boasts Cam Ranh and Van Phong bays, both natural masterpieces. 

Khanh Hoa’s tourism sector has experienced a breakthrough in recent years. The number of tourists to the province has enjoyed average expansion of 15 percent - 17 percent in recent years. 

In 2017, 5.5 million domestic and international holiday-makers visited the locality.

Khanh Hoa’s target of serving 6.5 million tourists in 2018 is expected to be fulfilled as in early December, the province welcomed its 6 millionth visitor of the year.

Next year, the locality aims to serve more than 7 million visitors, including some 3 million foreigners.-VNA