The World Heritage site of Hoi An in central Quang Nam province welcomed a group of 68 Polish tourists on January 1, the first foreign visitors to the city in 2015, promising good luck for the new year.
|Hoi An ancient town lit up on New Year Eve. (Photo: VNA)|
The visitors, who were greeted with flowers and special gifts from local tourist and cultural officials and an art performance, eagerly joined the traditional local games, including Bai choi singing.
One of the tourists, Joanna Dabrowska said she was engulfed in surprise and expressed hope that the ancient town will mark its position in the world’s tourist map.
On the last day of 2014, the city received the 1.7 millionth visitor of the year, who was a German tourist.
On the New Year’s Eve, tourists were entertained by an array of activities and art performances in central Hoi An.
Nguyen Phuc Chu Street, along with a section of Nguyen Hoang Street and An Hoi statue garden was turned into a festive site with food stalls featuring typical dishes, traditional games and foreign bands’ performance, a flash mob by local youths.
Hoi An Ancient Town was recognised by the United Nations of Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1999.
The city will strive to attract more than 1.8 million visitors and earn about 3.56 trillion VND (169.5 million USD) in tourism revenues this year.
In order to better satisfy its visitors, the city aims to provide new and high-quality services, with focus on community-based tourism in eco- and cultural sites.
The locality also targets to further promote services at the World Biosphere Reserve of Cu Lao Cham, along with implementing several projects on developing infrastructure, especially connecting the island to the national power grid.-VNA