Domestic and foreign visitors to the northwestern province of Dien Binh are increasing day by day as the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7, 1954 -2014) is approaching.

According to the province’s statistics, between March 15 and April 15, more than 85,000 people, including 2,000 from abroad, visited the Dien Bien Phu Campaign relic sites such as Hill A1, Dien Bien Phu Victory Statue, and Dien Bien Phu Victory Showroom.

Most of them were war veterans, including those who directly involved in the battle, and students who wish to learn more about the values of the victory.

To serve increasing flows of arrivals on this occasion, the province’s tourism sector has invited over 30 presenters from local agencies in addition to the existing staff at the sites while providing training courses for the new ones.

Preparations for the celebration were examined by Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Thanh Cung, who is deputy head of the organising committee for the national-level celebration, on April 18.
Dien Bien Phu is the place witnessing a fierce battle ending with Vietnam ’s victory that put an end to the French colonial rule in Vietnam in 1954.

The number of visitors to Dien Bien province has been on the rise, from 178,000 in 2004 to 380,000 in 2013. While only 10,000 foreign tourists came to the province in 2004, the figure last year reached 66,000.

With a host of activities planned to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, the province hopes to welcome 440,000 visitors, including 75,000 foreigners this year.

Alongside the Dien Bien Phu relic site, Dien Bien is also home to several famous sightseeing spots such as Muong Nhe primitive jungle, Hua Pe and U Va hot springs, and the Pa Khoang and Huoi Pa lakes.-VNA