As part of his opening address at the function, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam noted that this year’s ceremony is being held at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage many countries worldwide, with tourism being one of the hardest-hit sectors.
According to the Deputy PM, due to the swift response and drastic measures put in place during the initial phases of the pandemic, Vietnam has been able to successfully control numerous COVID-19 outbreaks, making it easier for several economic sectors to recover, including the local tourism sector.
“When Vietnam is yet to open its doors to international travelers, this is a good opportunity for visitors to discover more about the natural beauty and cultural tradition of the country, fostering love for the homeland and national pride,” said Deputy PM Dam.
He therefore requested that State agencies and tourism service providers work to perfect their policies and design fresh products aimed at welcoming back international travelers when the international tourism market reopens.
It remains imperative to support coronavirus hit travel firms, deploy digital transformation in tourism, develop a safe, friendly, and cultural tourism environment, alongside preserving the unique traditional values of the nation, he stressed.
At the opening ceremony, delegates, tourists, and local people enjoyed a special art programme which was performed by more than 500 artists, models, and people. Following the conclusion of the art show a high-altitude fireworks display was also put on.
The northern province of Ninh Binh has been selected to host this year’s national tourism year, as it is home to the UNESCO-recognised Trang An tourism complex, the imperial city of Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phat Diem Church, and various other tourist destinations.
Ninh Binh has made numerous breakthroughs in tourism development over the years, making it one of the leading travel destinations nationwide.