21, tens of thousands flocked into the center of the Mekong
Delta City of Can Tho to attend the opening ceremony of
National Tourism Year - Mekong Can Tho.
That afternoon, roads leading to Hoa Binh Avenue were filled
with flower car processions, carrying flower-made symbols of
the13 Mekong Delta provinces.
procession started at 5.30pm, led by a car with the symbol
of Can Tho City, followed by the symbols of Long An, Ben
Tre, Vinh Long, An Giang, Soc Trang, Ca Mau and others.
Following the flower cars were hundreds of artists
performing variety shows. The procession was warmly cheered
by the audience.
When the procession ended at 6.30pm, the audiences moved to
the major stage in Con Cai Khe, around 3km from Hoa Binh
avenue to participate in the opening ceremony and to watch
The organizers prepared seats for 6,000 delegates and
audience members, but nearly 8,000 showed up to watch and
had to watch the ceremony on a huge screen installed
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh
Trong hopes this event will contribute to promoting tourism
development in the southern region and in Vietnam in
general, and to turn tourism into an important economic
This is the event's first year. Can Tho expects to welcome
2 million visitors in 2008.
Source : VNE