Hoi An: A New Addition to UNESCO Creative Cities Network

The announcement ceremony took place on December 31st in Quang Nam province, where it was revealed that the historic city of Hoi An has become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).


During the ceremony, Hoi An Chairman Nguyen Van Son mentioned that the city has been recognized as a top cultural destination by various reputable websites. Hoi An possesses a wide range of intangible cultural heritages, including trade villages, handicrafts, and folk arts, in addition to its diverse and unique architectural complex.

The announcement ceremony took place in Quang Nam province on December 31, revealing that Hoi An, an ancient city in the province, has become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). (Photo: dangcongsan.vn).

Nguyen Van Lanh, Vice Chairman of the Hoi An Municipal People’s Committee, also emphasized the city’s ongoing efforts to preserve traditional craft villages.

Currently, there are five traditional craft villages with nearly 658 small businesses and 1,710 business households operating in the crafts and folk arts sector. Approximately 4,000 workers directly earn an average income ranging from VND 85 million (US$3,500) to nearly VND 100 million per year from crafts and folk arts, according to Dtinews.

Lanh believes that joining the UNESCO Global Creative Cities Network is a testament to Hoi An’s commitment to sustainable development based on local resources. The city’s leader, the Hoi An Municipal People’s Committee, emphasized that this is also an opportunity for Hoi An to further integrate into the global community.

Tens of thousands of visitors flocked to Hoi An during the New Year holiday

Hoi An was designated as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. The city is also known for Ho Tram, which was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009.

From December 30, 2023, to January 1, 2024, Hoi An welcomed tens of thousands of tourists for the New Year holiday. On the first day of 2024, the initial group of foreign visitors arriving in the ancient city were greeted with flowers and lanterns – symbolic elements of Hoi An.

Truong Thi Ngoc Cam, Director of the city’s Centre for Culture, Sports, Radio, and Television, stated that other cultural events to attract tourists in 2024 include the Quang culinary festival and Hoi An Youth – Countdown Party 2024.

Fanasy Nguyen Le