Cultural heritage sites help drive tourism growth
Updated : Monday, December 03, 2018 11:00 AM (GMT+0700)

Preservation of culturaland natural heritage sites plays an important role in tourism growth inVietnam, experts said at a conference on November 30 in HCM City.

The UNESCO-recognised world heritage site Ha Long Bay welcomed 6.9 million visitors
last year, earning nearly 10.8 trillion VND (463 million USD) in revenue. — Source:

Vo Van Thanh of the Southern Institute of Social Sciences(SISS), said thanks to tourism, protection, conservation and restoration ofworld heritage sites were improved.

"In Vietnam, heritage tourism activities havecontributed to introducing the country’s World Heritage sites”, he said.

The conference, which discussed the opportunities and challengesfor cultural heritage values, was organised by the HCM City University ofCulture in collaboration with SISS, the HCM City Institute for DevelopmentIssues, and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation andRestoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

More than 300 cultural experts and researchers from Vietnamand abroad took part in the event.

Preservation of heritage sites has helped create jobs andimproved living standards in local communities, Thanh said.

Last year, heritage sites brought a high level of visitorsand revenue from ticket sales and tourism services, according to the Ministryof Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Cultural Heritage Department.

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province, for example, welcomed6.93 million visitors last year, including 2.9 million foreigners, ayear-on-year increase of 12.9 million.

Its tourism revenue reached nearly 10.8 trillion VND (463million USD), a rise of 39 percent compared to 2016.

The Hue Citadel welcomed 3 million visitors, including 1.8million foreigners, earning 320 billion VND (13.7 million USD) from entranceticket sales, a four-time increase compared to 2011.

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang of the cultural heritage departmentsaid: “Tourism is considered a motivating factor to protect cultural andnatural heritage sites. It is one of the most effective means for culturalexchange between Vietnam and the world”.

Vietnam has eight UNESCO-recognised World Heritage sites andeight UNESCO-recognised world biosphere reserves.

The World Heritage sites are the Hue Citadel, Ha Long Bay,Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha – Ke Bàng National Park, ThangLong Royal Citadel complex, and Ho Dynasty Citadel.

The biosphere reserves are the Can Gio Mangrove Forest in HCMCity, Nam Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai and Lam Dong provinces, Cat BaArchipelago in Hai Phong city, Hong (Red) River Delta, Kien Giang biospherereserve in the Mekong Delta, Cu Lao Cham in Hoi An, Western Nghe An, and Ca MauCape in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.

Source: VNS/VNA

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