Hue wins ASEAN tourism awards
The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has won three ASEAN tourism awards, which will be presented at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2022 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on January 19.
Ngo Mon (Noon Gate) is part of the UNESCO-recognised world heritage site of Hue Monuments complex. (Photo: Thua Thien-Hue newspaper)
Director of the provincial Department of Tourism Tran Huu Thuy Giang told Vietnam News the awards were seen an honour for the endless efforts made by the provincial tourism industry in challenging COVID-19.
Hue, which offers its unique tourism service: One Destination-Five UNESCO recognised world heritages, bagged the ASEAN MICE destination, while Silk Path Hotel and Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa took the ‘green hotel and resort’ prize.
Tour services in the former imperial capital, royal palace and tombs as well as the ancient architecture of Hue monuments complex won the ASEAN sustainable tourism product.
Giang said the awards would help the local tourism recover strongly in 2022 and help other destinations in central Vietnam.
The provincial tourism board also introduced the winner of the 'gastronomy capital logo' – an initial step to building a unique cuisine brand in Thua Thien-Hue, which will promote tourism in the coming years.
Hue hosted the first 151 tourists visiting the province in the New Year on a flight on Vietnam Airlines on January 1.
Giang said Hue would be offering its unique tourism service – One Destination-Five UNESCO recognised world heritages – to attract visitors to the central city in 2022.
Hue, the imperial capital in Vietnam for over 100 years, has been a unique destination in central Vietnam with its five UNESCO heritage offerings: the ancient citadel relic complex, Hue royal court music, Nguyen Dynasty’s wooden blocks, Nguyen Dynasty’s royal administrative documents, and literature on Hue royal architecture.
In the past years, Hue was presented with ASEAN Clean Tourist Awards with Hoi An city in Quang Nam province, and Da Lat city in Lam Dong province, with the titles valid for 2018-2020.
Thua Thien-Hue province's Department of Culture and Sports has revived the wearing of the ao dai (traditional long dress), promoting the beauty of the 300-year-old long dress fashion.
Hue city, a tourism hub in central Vietnam, aims to be a ‘zero plastic waste’ destination by 2030.
The central destination has hosted the International Hue Festival for 20 years./.