A total of 16,600 international visitors attended the Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Sea Festival, which took place from June 3 to 6 in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province. The festival had a room occupancy rate of 78.8 percent, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.
In addition, over 450,000 day trippers visited the province during the festival.
During the closing ceremony, Dinh Van Thieu, vice-chairman of the Khanh Hoa Province People’s Committee, stated that the sea festival included more than 70 cultural and sports activities.
The 10th edition of the festival showcased various large-scale events, such as a modern seaside stage and a remarkable light show featuring over 1,650 drones at the opening ceremony.
One of the festival’s highlights was the ao dai parade, which had the participation of 6,000 women wearing the traditional Vietnamese costume.
“The Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Sea Festival 2023 has provided locals and tourists with a satisfying experience and has expanded their knowledge about the province’s traditional cultural features,” said Thieu.
Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, a tourist from Binh Dinh Province, expressed her enthusiasm for the festival, saying that she attended every night to watch the various interesting performances and shows held at April 2 Square.
Thanh mentioned that her family planned their trip to Nha Trang City during the festival to enjoy both swimming and experiencing cultural activities.
She was most impressed by the light show using drones and the food booths offering a wide variety of local dishes.
Nguyen Minh Thang, deputy director of Corex Business Solutions JSC, the company responsible for the drone light show, expressed their plans to turn the drone light displays into a world-class tourism product in Khanh Hoa Province.
|A drone light show, a unique product of this year’s Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Sea Festival. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre|
Le Bich Tram, a resident of Nha Trang City, expressed the excitement of the local community for the comeback of the sea festival after being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She proudly stated that this festival is a unique program in Khanh Hoa Province.
During the four-day event, Nha Trang City was busier than usual, she added.
The closing ceremony featured performances by renowned singers such as Ngo Kien Huy, Ali Hoang Duong, Hien Thuc, and Thu Minh.
In 2022, the province received 2.57 million tourists and generated approximately VND14 trillion ($600 million) in tourism revenue, as reported by Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper, citing the province’s Department of Tourism.
In 2023, Khanh Hoa Province aims to welcome four million visitors, including 1.5 million foreigners, and targets a revenue of VND21 trillion ($900.6 million) from tourism.
|The Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa Sea Festival 2023 featured many food booths with various specialties. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre|