Binh Dinh counts on cultural attractions to spur tourism
The government of Binh Dinh will make the most of cultural attractions to attract local and international tourists to this central coastal province, according to the province's vice chairwoman.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh told reporters on Monday that the province had identified Binh Dinh-style martial arts, tuong (traditional theater opera) and poetry as the province's attractions for visitors.
Binh, who was also head of the organizing committee for the Tay Son-Binh Dinh Festival, said the province had realized cultural values as an advantage through the biggest-ever festival, which ended last Sunday. "We highlighted our original attractions such as martial arts of its style, tuong, poetry and the everlasting spirit of Tay Son movement in the province," she said.
She said at a meeting held to review the festival that it was difficult for Binh Dinh to have a competitive edge over localities if it was unable to identify its original attractions as localities of central Vietnam have many things in common.
She said the festival was successful in some extent as local people gave their full support to the provincial authorities' determination to stage a major festival featuring activities close to the province's cultures such as the National Traditional Opera Arts Festival and the Traditional Vietnamese Martial Arts Tournament.
She said the initial success of the festival supported the province's goal of attracting more both local and international visitors. "This helps boost tourism, cultural, economic and social development in the coming years."
Van Trong Hung, director of the province's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the festival attracted 20,000 local and international visitors and that this number excluded the guests who were invited to this event.
Hung said the Department would propose organizing the Tay Son-Binh Dinh Festival every two years as one of the highlights of the province to further promote itself in the coming years.
Therefore, the province will continue to restore cultural and historical relics to make it more attractive to local and travelers.
(Source: SGT, URL:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/08/797460/)
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