2008 Can Tho National Tourism Year to Open on Nguyen Tieu Festival

The 2008 National Tourism Year celebrations, themed “The Mekong Delta’s Waterways and Countryside,” will be held on Cai Khe Island, on the banks of the Hau River on February 21, 2008.

The celebrations will mark Tet Nguyen Tieu (festival of the 15th day of the first lunar month), according to the director of Can Tho City’s Department of Tourism, Dinh Viet Khanh.

On stage, there will be more than one thousand artists from art troupes nationwide partaking in parades, and musical performances amongst many other events.

There are now nine cities and provinces registering to take part in the big tourism event, which is expected to attract visitors to its numerous festivities, including the Southern Fruit Festival, Int’l Travel Expo., festival of Ba Chua Xu (Country Lady), Culture and Tourism Week and others across Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang Province, Kien Giang Province etc.

The 2008 Can Tho National Tourism Year aims to highlight the Mekong Delta’s unique characteristics and numerous cultural activities that take place in the city and across neighboring cities and provinces throughout the year. The closing ceremony will take place on December 21.

By T.N – Translated by Kim Khanh

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