Tourism Festival 2008, with the theme "Halong - Towards
a world natural wonder", the Halong Tourism Festival 2008
will be organized as an undersea and roadshow carnival, from
April 26 to May 1.
Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Quang Ninh
province Vietnam, Nhu Thi Hong Lien, revealed that the
opening ceremony of the Halong Tourism Festival 2008 is
arranged meticulously, with a floating stage on the sea and
a procession of ship and barge models.
activities will take place at the Bai Chay bridge, Cua Luc
bay and support events will be held at the Tra Co tourism
Don, Halong and Uong Bi Vietnam.
Many shows by domestic and international art troupes will be
organised during the festival, including an art - fashion
festival of northern provinces, unicorn-dragon dance show, a
classical concert on Dau Go cave, a flag hoisting ceremony
on Halong Bay
Vietnam, Miss Halong pageant contest, an
international beach volleyball contest, a bicycle
procession, an international trade fair and a food festival.
Lien said Quang Ninh invests tens of billions VND in this
events and the province is now ready for the festival.
Quang Ninh currently has 13,000 rooms, including 6,000 rooms
of three star standard and up and 100 ships totalling 5,000
rooms of three star standards for tourists. The province
expects to welcome 15,000 visitors to the Halong Tourism
"All activities are to call for visitors to vote for
Halong Bay as a world natural wonder. Visitors will be
exempted 50% of sightseeing fees to the bay during the
festival and up to 100% on the opening day of the
festival," Lien said.
The organizing board will place computers at hotels, tourist
sites, wharves, etc. to serve tourists' vote for Halong
The bay is now in the top ten ranking of the selection of
seven world natural wonders on website www.new7wonders.com
of NewOpenWorld organization. On December 31, 2008, the top
21 sites will be chosen for the next round of selection.