The information was released at a press conference organised by the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee on April 24.
The opening ceremony and Carnaval Ha Long 2018 will include two main events: a ceremony and an arts performance. The Carnaval and arts programme will consist of three parts on themes of “Spirituality; Unique and Multi-Colour; Integration and Diffusion”. In addition, there will be a high-altitude fireworks display and a DJ show.
From April 27 to May 2, a number of cultural activities will also be held in Quang Ninh, including the Asian Food and Culture Festival 2018 (April 27 at October 30 Square, Ha Long city); the One Commune One Product (OCOP) Fair (April 27 at the Quang Ninh Planning, Fair And Exhibition Palace); and an arts performance entitled “Hello Ha Long 2018” (April 29 at Bai Chay ferry station, Ha Long city).
According to the provincial Tourism Department, the province’s master plan for tourism development by 2020 with a vision to 2030 sets the target of turning Quang Ninh into an international tourism centre, and the nation’s leading tourism centre, which has a synchronous and modern infrastructure system and diversified tourism products.
By 2020, Quang Ninh, which is home to the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, is aiming to welcome 15-16 million tourists, including seven million foreigners, and to rake in VND30-40 trillion (US$1.3-1.7 billion) in revenue. The tourism sector is expected to contribute 14-15% to the gross regional domestic product (GRDP), and generate jobs for about 130,000 people.