Speaking at a video conference in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City on January 11, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said the sector will continue to organize more cultural events at grassroots level, build a healthy cultural environment and improve the operation of the network of cultural establishments.

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Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien

Last year, Bai Choi singing, a folk music genre practiced in Vietnam’s central region, was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, while Xoan singing of the northern

Tho province was removed from UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, raising the total number of Vietnamese heritage elements to 26.

Regarding tourism, the goal is to welcome 16-17 million international visitors in 2018 and earn VND 620 trillion (USD 27.5 billion) in revenue.

In 2017, the tourism sector served more than 12.9 million overseas holidaymakers arrived in Vietnam, up 29.1 percent against the previous year, and 73.2 million domestic tourists, grossing over VND 510.9 trillion (USD 23 billion) in revenue, a year-on-year rise of 27.5 percent.

In the field of sports, the ministry aims to develop physical training movement nationwide, especially among youths and students, towards improving Vietnamese’s physical fitness and stature.

The country will prepare athletes and coaches for international sport competitions in 2018, such as the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games in Indonesia, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, and other Asian and global sport tournaments.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam urged the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to build on its achievements in 2017 and devise a roadmap to prevent moral degradation in society.

He suggested promoting art and literature, contributing to the preservation of national traditional art forms.

Source: VNA