The Hanoitimes - With various activities, Lao Cai Cultural Tourism Week will be held from June 1 to 9.
The programme has been co-organised by the Lao Cai Provincial People's Committee, the departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Agriculture and Rural Development, Information and Communication, as well as the tourism association of Lao Cai province.
Various activities, including the Bac Ha (Lao Cai) – Xin Man (Ha Giang) Cycling Tournament from June 1 to 3, which will attract nearly 100 racers; a Street Festival on June 2 at Bac Ha town; and a Plum festival from June 3 to 6, with 20 booths displaying agricultural products, such as Tam hoa plums, Nam Xit rice, Tuyet San organic tea, safe vegetables, honey, and mushrooms of Bac Ha, Si Ma Cai, Muong Khuong, Bao Yen (Lao Cai) and Xin Man (Ha Giang)
Lao Cai Cultural Tourism Week.
As part of the programme, a number of cultural and tourism events will be held at Hoang A Tuong Palace from June 3 to 9. The closing ceremony of the Lao Cai Cultural Tourism Week 2018 will be held at 8pm on June 9.
The Cultural Week aims to introduce and promote tourism products, handicrafts, culinary culture, and other products of the ethnic groups, highlighting the creativity and traditional culture of the ethnic minorities in Lao Cai in general and Bac Ha district in particular.
The event also aims to encourage the conservation and production of traditional handicrafts, promote the participation of the ethnic communities in order to attract tourists, develop tourism, contribute to improving hunger eradication and poverty reduction, and attract resources to develop tourism, as well as promote the image of Bac Ha tourism to domestic and foreign tourists.
Lao Cai province welcomed 3.5 million tourists in 2017, including 700,000 foreigners, up 28% with turnover reaching nearly VND10 trillion (US$439.7 million) , up 49% from 2016. In 2018, Lao Cai targets nearly 4 million holidaymakers., according to Lao Cai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.