Food and Music of An Bang Sea, a night event organized on An Bang Beach in Hoi An City in Quang Nam province last weekend, attracted many visitors.
Le Ngoc Thuan, owner of the Shore Club and DeckHouse An Bang Beach, was surprised that the event attracted many foreigners.
There are around 1,000 foreigners living or staying temporarily in Hoi An and Quang Nam.
Because of Covid-19, they do not have many choices for entertainment services, especially at night. The big event lasted from 4 pm to midnight.
After the event finished and people left, the An Bang Beach area was cleaned up and returned to its normal state.
“The success of the event has prompted me to join forces with partners to organize the activity more regularly, possibly once a month,” Thuan said.
|Development of the night-time economy has been a topic of discussion among government agencies. Tran Dinh Thien, a respected economist, pointed out that the underdevelopment of a night-time economy is one reason behind the low revenue in the tourism industry.|
According to a businessman who has been in Hoi An for a long time, it is not easy to organize such an event. The organization board has to ask for permission from local authorities and seek support from relevant units to ensure the smooth operation of the event.
“It won’t be a good idea to organize events every night, or business households will feel that the events affect their business and ‘spoil the fun’,” he explained.
Thuan stressed that night entertainment events and festivals are needed to develop night-time economy in a way that fits local conditions. It is also necessary to set up a law for night-time economy development.
“The night-time economy is a delicious cake. However, there should be a good enough mold,” he commented, adding that there should be detailed regulations to regulate the activities of ‘sleepless cities’.
Nguyen Son Thuy, secretary general of the Quang Nam provincial Tourism Association (QTA), said there should be a master plan for the night-time economy, a reasonable legal framework, and a security environment.
“Providing services at night helps diversify service types and increases travelers’ spending, thus contributing to economic growth,” Thuy, who is also director of Indochina Unique Tourist, said.
If there is a clear strategy for night-time economy, it would be easier to call for investment from different economic sectors.
Development of the night-time economy has been a topic of discussion among government agencies. Tran Dinh Thien, a respected economist, pointed out that the underdevelopment of a night-time economy is one reason behind the low revenue in the tourism industry.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a project to develop the night-time economy in Viet Nam to allow some activities to run overnight until 6am of the next day in some major tourism cities and zones.
As new cases of COVID-19 are being identified in a number of localities, the inroads made by the country’s tourism sector over the last few months via a domestic market stimulus programme are now at risk of stalling.