Secretary of the provincial Party’s Committee Hoang Van Chat made the statement at a working session with Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien in Son La city on April 20.
Briefing the minister about local development, culture and tourism, Chat said that traditions and cultural identity of ethnic minority groups have been preserved for years.
Traditional festivals have been restored along with community culture and eco-tourism development, he said.
The province earned 888 billion VND (39 million USD) from tourism services in 2016, or 143 percent of its targets. Some 1.85 million people visited the locality, 14 percent above the goal.
Minister Thien lauded the province’s efforts to develop agriculture coupled with eco-tourism to create a breakthrough in socio-economic development.
He also praised the province’s achievements in preserving and promoting values of tangible and intangible heritages, saying that they are elements for sustainable tourism development.