Saigontourist introduces Vietnamese cuisine at tourism festival
By Tran Van
HCMC – Saigontourist Holding Company will introduce a variety of Vietnamese dishes from different regions alongside special tour programs to local and international tourists at the HCMC – Development and Integration Festival 2019 from November 29 to December 1.
Saigontourist Travel Service Company and Binh Quoi Tourist Village are the two members of Saigontourist that will be participating in the festival.
At the Vietnamese cuisine pavilion, Binh Quoi Tourist Village will present the southern region’s specialties such as spring rolls, grilled ribs, fried sticky rice, sweet soups, and many more.
Talented artisans from this tourist venue will also show their skills in vegetable carving and flower arrangement. The first 100 guests who spend VND300,000 or more at the pavilion will receive a free fabric bag.
All items and equipment related to the festival at Saigontourist booths are made from eco-friendly materials.
Meanwhile, Saigontourist Travel Service Company will offer guided tours around the festival site for guests to fully enjoy all events of the festival.
The HCMC – Development and Integration Festival 2019 is being organized by the HCMC Department of Culture and Sports on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street and at Bach Dang Wharf Park in District 1.
The festival aims to promote the Vietnamese culture and HCMC's outstanding achievements in socio-economic development. It is also expected to strengthen ties between participating countries and allow local and foreign visitors in HCMC to explore the cultures of different countries such as Kuwait, Japan, Hungary, Russia, China, Bulgaria, Italy and Cambodia.
There will be art shows on Nguyen Hue Boulevard, featuring Vietnamese and foreign artists. The opening and closing ceremonies of the festival on November 29 and December 1, respectively, are also on this pedestrian street.
Particularly, tourists can learn about HCMC’s culture, art and tourism through its traditional handicrafts such as pictures made of colored rice, paintings from sand, pottery and wooden items.
Food and souvenir booths are arranged at Bach Dang Wharf Park. Aside from local dishes, visitors may enjoy unique dishes from Russia, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Malaysia.
A number of exhibitions will be held during the festival, with a wide range of topics such as the city’s economic achievements, landmarks, beautiful landscapes, cooperation in culture, sports and tourism with other countries, and the expat community.
There will be a book pavilion introducing Vietnamese and foreign books of different fields including literature, economics, education, and foreign affairs.
Guests can also play folk games, and enjoy local martial art Vovinam, water puppetry, and magic performances.
Founded in August 1975, Saigontourist Holding Company is the leading hospitality firm in Vietnam with more than 100 hotels, resorts, restaurants, leisure parks, travel companies, convention centers and golf courses across the country.
Saigontourist serves more than three million tourists a year and has built relationships with tens of thousands of local and international partners.
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