Hanoi (VNA) – About 30,000 people visited the 2016 Hanoi traditional handicraft village tourism festival at the Thang Long Royal Citadel between September 29 and October 2, said Do Dinh Hong, Director of Hanoi’s Tourism Department.

The festival had 260 booths showcasing items made by 150 trade companies and individuals from 30 out of 47 craft villages in the city, such as Van Phuc silk, Bat Trang pottery, Phu Vinh rattan and bamboo weaving, Ha Thai lacquerware, Dinh Cong silver inlay, Quat Dong embroidery and Ngu Xa bronze casting.

The event accomplished the goal of contributing to preserving, honouring and developing traditional crafts in combination with tourism.

It provided a venue for artisans, businesses and travel companies to explore opportunities to arrange tours to craft villages as a sustainable tourist product.

Seminars on how to get Vietnamese traditional craft villages involved in tourism and international integration, and to promote linkages of the local tourism agencies were held together with the marketing of thematic tourism products and discount tours.

The festival constitutes Hanoi’s efforts in turning the festival into one of the national and regional culture-tourism events and assert the city’s position as a major tourism centre in the country and the region.-VNA