At the June 4 parade, Dinh Van Thieu, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, spoke of the importance of the special cultural event in preserving and promoting the beauty of the iconic Vietnamese garment Ao dai, and its value as part of the nation’s cultural heritage. The Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa Sea Festival was then officially opened on the evening of June 3 with an extravagant light show featuring 1,653 drones.

The 10th edition of the festival will run from now until June 6 and will treat visitors to more than 70 events taking place in Nha Trang and other localities. Notable events include an art programme on June 4, a musical gala on June 5, and a closing ceremony on June 6.

Since 2003, the biennial festival held in the beach resort city of Khanh Hoa has become a trademark of the city. Unfortunately, the 2021 festival was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the setback, Khanh Hoa welcomed 2.57 million tourists in 2022, achieving a tourism revenue of nearly VND14 trillion (US$590.5 million). For this year, Khanh Hoa is aiming for four million visitors, including 1.5 million foreigners, and a revenue of approximately VND21 trillion.