A series of festivals kicked off the tourism season over the past week as the tourism industry is trying to raise the number of international visitors to Viet Nam. The 2013 Hue Traditional Craft Festival took place from April 27 to May 1. During the five-day festival, over 1,000 youngsters from across the city participated in a drawing competition under the theme “Hue through the eyes of its children”. Meanwhile, the Goddess Ponagar Festival in Nha Trang proved a huge hit on April 30, attracting tens of thousands of pilgrims. The annual event, held to commemorate the Holy Mother of the Cham community in the central region, combines spiritual rituals with cultural activities, including a requiem and flower floating to pray for peace, happiness and prosperity, together with dancing, singing and the acting out of old stories. Also on April 30, the “Do Son-The Call of the Sea” festival was launched in Haiphong city as part of the National Tourism Year 2013 in the Red River Delta, signaling a new tourism season in Do Son beach. A wide range of activities will be held, including a golf tournament with the participation of more than 100 golfers, an imperial boat race,…
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