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Grotto festival opens in Quang Binh province

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The Quang Binh Cave Festival 2019 themed “Quang Binh-Endless Mystery” opened in the Province’s Dong Hoi City on July 20.

An art performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: baoquangbinh)

An art performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: baoquangbinh)

Participants and visitors had a chance to enjoy a special art perfromance featuring folk music, cultural characteristics, mysterious and spectacular cave system of Thien Duong, Tu Lan, Chuot (mouse) and a cave in Tan Hoa commune where the blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” has been shot.
Visitors will receive disocunts from 10-20 percent on tours to caves of Phong Nha, Tien Son and Thien Duong during the event from July 20-August 5.
On this occasion, a scenic helicopter tour allowing travellers to fly over endless forests, magnificent mountains and amazing caves has been launched.
The Quang Binh Cave Festival aims to honor grandiose and mysterious caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park; and promoted historical and spiritual values of heritages and the potentials and strengths of Quang Binh tourism.
Quang Binh has a lot of development potential in the tourism sector. The province is known as the kingdom of caves in the country. Several caves have been explored, such as Son Doong, En, Thien Duong, Phong Nha, Tien Son, Toi.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh is one of the most spectacular wilderness sites in South East Asia and one of the 2 largest limestone regions in the world. It was recognized as a World Heritage site for the second time for its ecological system and biodiversity at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany in 2015. The first time was in 2003 for its geological and geomorphologic values. It is home of more than magnificent 300 caves and ranks among the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, including the world's largest cave, Son Doong; the world's 3rd largest cave, En cave; and the longest dry cave in Asia, Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave.
In 2018, Quang Binh has greeted over 3.9 million visitors, a year-on-year rise of 18.2%; including 200,000 foreign tourists, up 53.8%. The tourism sector earned nearly VND4.5 trillion (over US$192 million) in revenue, up 20.3%.
The central coastal province of Quang Binh expects to welcome 4.3 million tourists in 2019, including 250,000 foreigners, and gross over VND4.5 trillion (US$191.9 million) in revenue.
International experts believe Quang Binh to become the top tourist attraction in Vietnam and the South-East Asian region with 8 million travelers by 2030, including 3 million foreign tourists.

By MINH PHONG - Translated by Kim Khanh

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