The Hanoitimes - Thousands of Vietnamese tourist attended the splendid parade held as part of the spectacular Carnival Ha Long 2018 in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province on April 26.
With stellar performances of more than 1,000 domestic and foreign artists, the kaleidoscope of culture, history of tourism of the northern province of Quang Ninh was highlighted at the event.
Under the three themes: Discovering spiritual and festive lands, Discovering vibrant ethnic colours and Ha Long-legend and international exchanges, the images of Yen Tu mountain, traditional festivals, long beaches and high-end hotels and entertainment zones were brought closer to the tourists than ever.
The splendid parade in Ha Long.
With meticulous preparation, the parade has become an impressive highlight, making significant contributions to the success of Carnival Ha Long 2018. This year, the province also hosts the National Tourism Year 2018-Ha Long- Quang Ninh. Tickets will be distributed free for local people and tourists at Ha Long city and the entrance of Sun Carnival Square, the venue of the ceremony, which is able to host more than 10,200 spectators.
The province is estimated to welcome about 575,000 visitors during the four-day holiday (from April 28 - May 1) celebrating the National Reunification Day (April 30) and Labour Day (May 1), representing a rise of 25% year-on-year, according to Quang Ninh Deapartment of Tourism.
In 2017, it received 9.87 million arrivals, including 4.28 million foreigners, up 18% and 23% annually, respectively. The sector earned over VND17.88 trillion (US$786.9 million), up 30% compared to the previous year, and contributed VND3.2 trillion (US$140.8 million) to the State budget, accounting for 11.9% of the local budget collection.
The province hopes to welcome 12 million visitors this year, including five million foreigners, and earn VND22 trillion (US$$968 million) in tourism revenue, according to Quang Ninh Department of Tourism.