Nguyen Tran Vuong, head of the department’s Tourism Management Office, attributed the surge in the number of tourists to the Grape and Wine Festival that took place from April 26 to May 2, coinciding with the five-day holidays from April 27-May 1.
This year, the festival included various activities, including field-trips to vineyards; an industry-trade fair; a contest for ethnic minority groups in the province; a performance of Raglai’s “Bo ma” (farewell to the dead) ceremony; a street festival; and a beach sport festival.
The festival was held during the grape harvest season, leaving strong impression on visitors.
Nguyen Thi Lan, from Thai Binh province, said that she was impressed with local products, such as grapes, sheep-breeding farms, untouched beaches and fresh seafood.
Ninh Thuan province has ideal soil and weather conditions for grape cultivation. The province is now home to more than 1,200 hectares grown with vines, and 57 wine-making facilities.
The province plans to expand the vineyard area to 2,500 hectares, and zone off some 100 hectares for high-quality grape cultivation.