Vietnam upholds heritages for sustainable tourism development
Updated : Wednesday, September 19, 2018 11:14 AM (GMT+0700)

Vietnam’stangible and intangible cultural heritages are a key part of the country’stourism, so the preservation of the heritages is crucial for sustainabletourism development.

A corner of Hoi An ancient city - Photo: VNA

Vietnam is home to 24tangible and intangible cultural heritages, and natural heritages recognised bythe United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),including eight natural heritage sites, 12 intangible cultural heritages andfour documentary heritages.

According to Deputy DirectorGeneral of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu, thePolitburo’s Resolution 08-NQ/TW on developing tourism into a spearhead economicsector stresses the preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage value.

Cultural tourism is hoped tobecome a key product of the sector, he said, adding it has drawn large numbersof domestic and international visitors, helping drive tourism growth, createjobs and enhance the local socio-economy.

Last year, UNESCO-recognisednatural and cultural heritages welcomed more than 16 million visitors,including 7 million foreigners, earning more than 2.5 trillion VND (107.5million USD) from entrance tickets.

Many localities havedeveloped their own tourism brands based on their cultural heritages. TheComplex of Hue Monuments, royal court music, woodblocks, the imperial archivesof the Nguyen Dynasty and poetry on Hue royal architecture have made Hue cityan alluring destination, as it received 1.8 million foreign visitors andpocketed 320 billion VND (13.76 million USD) from entrance tickets last year.

Meanwhile, Hoi An ancientcity in central Quang Nam province also an attractive destination in Vietnam.The city greeted 1.96 foreigners and raked in 219 billion VND (9.41 millionUSD) from entrance tickets in 2017. 

Other destinations such asHa Long Bay and Yen Tu (Quang Ninh province), Phong Nha-Ke Bang (Quang Binh),Trang An (Ninh Binh) and Black Lady Mountain (Tay Ninh) have been top tourismspots for years.  

Sieu said the tourism sectorand localities should map out a tourism plan in which tourism development mustbe made in tandem with respecting local cultural values.

Local people play animportant role in branching out cultural tourism, he stated, saying thatbuilding digitalised database on Vietnamese cultural heritages, applyingadvanced technologies into the management of cultural heritages and developingsmart tourism should be a focus.


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