Hanoi, Vietnam -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/09/2013 -- This year sees the 110th anniversary of tourism development in the region of Sapa. This interesting and scenically beauty region in the northwest of Vietnam has seen many developments in recent decades. One of the poorest areas in the country it has benefitted greatly from advance tourism. The local ethnic populations sell their handicrafts to tourists and local business are reaping the rewards.
To mark this anniversary a ceremony is to be held on November 2nd in the central Stadium in Sapa town. The ceremony will be the platform for the announcement by the government to declare the mountain terraces in the area, a national heritage. A series of activities will be organized, running from October 15 until November 3. The ethnic minorities in the region are being discussed at a seminar, aimed at improving and sustaining their cultural heritage. There will also be discussions on maintaining the sustainable tourism within this mountain region.
There will be a street festival in Sapa town itself and many performers are expected to attend. Local traditional Hat Giao Duyen folk songs will be performed Dao Do ethnic people. A photo exhibition is planned to allow visitors to see the huge advances made in the area in recent years. The Dao Do will also perform wedding rituals for tourist in the town at the time of the festival.
This is an incredibly beautiful part of the world and is worthy of being seen by many more people. The journey from Hanoi is normally taken by train, although there is now also a bus. The train arrives at Lao Cai on the Chinese border and cars and minivans then ferry the tourists to Sapa. The largest growth area here has been in trekking holidays. Many people are now enjoying getting out of the crowded cities and into the fine countryside that Vietnam has to offer. The road into Sapa rewards holiday makers with breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys, including the now famous rice terraces.
The region has benefitted greatly in the past decade with tourism figures rising dramatically. In the first half of this year some 650,000 tourists spent VND 1.3 trillion, this is equivalent to more than $61 million. This continually upward trend is excellent news for the whole of the Vietnam travel and tourism industry. Mr. Tran Truong, CEO of tour giants, Asia Tour Advisor says, “The accolade of National Heritage status for the terraced hillsides in Sapa is justified. This is an area of exceptional beauty and great cultural significance. It is hoped that the award will further improve tourism in, what is one of the country’s poorest regions.”
It would appear that October / November will be an extremely busy time in the mountain town of Sapa.
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