The Vietnam Records Organization has recognized the artwork as the largest doodle drawing about tourism in Vietnam. The announcement was made during the closing ceremony of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Week which took place in front of the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1 on Sunday night.

The Tourism Week started on December 4 and the drawing, measuring 3×22 meters, took 80 hours to complete. It involved twenty-five artists who doodled the city’s cultural features and tourist attractions, while 2,500 residents and tourists contributed by painting the drawing.

This collaborative drawing showcases the cultural richness and tourist attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, boosting its image as an appealing tourist destination. Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, director of the municipal Department of Tourism, stated that the recognition of the doodle-art drawing signifies the successful collaboration of 2,500 dwellers and tourists in the city.

A doodle-art drawing composed of 22 pieces describing the tourism-centric features of Thu Duc City and 21 districts across Ho Chi Minh City smashes a national record for the biggest of its kind. Photo: Hai Kim / Tuoi Tre

The drawing not only showcases the rich culture of the city but also captures the warm hospitality and generosity of Ho Chi Minh City people. It serves as a powerful representation of the city’s cultural, culinary, and historical richness in both Thu Duc City and the 21 districts of the metropolis.

The engagement with Ho Chi Minh City through doodle art during this year’s tourism week has significantly contributed to the promotion of the city’s tourism brand. The event has captivated both residents and visitors.

According to statistics from the municipal department, the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Week 2023 attracted 71,000 travelers. The city’s tourism industry has experienced a significant surge with room occupancy reaching 80% over the past week. Participating travel firms have reported a substantial increase in revenue, solidifying the success of the event.

This year’s edition of the Tourism Week saw a record-breaking number of ambassadors, with 120 individuals representing the diverse tourism offerings of the city. This marks a new milestone for Ho Chi Minh City.