The Deputy PM made the statement at a September 22 ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the relic complex’s UNESCO recognition as world cultural heritage and the 10th anniversary of an intangible cultural heritage honour being bestowed on Hue Royal court music.
Phuc said that despite many difficulties and challenges the Vietnamese Party and State always seek to preserve and uphold the value of world heritage in the country.
Since the honour from UNESCO, the Hue imperial relic complex has been carefully preserved to protect invaluable heritage for future generations to enjoy, while also attracting more tourists, he added.
Praising the achievements made in preservation work, UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam Katherine Muller-Marin asked local authorities to manage them even more effectively to negate the negative impact caused by both humans and nature.
According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao, since 1996 almost VND800 billion (US$37.6 million) has been spent on restoring nearly 100 works.
In 1993, the complex received only around 200,000 visitors per year, gaining VND4 billion (US$188,000). Twenty years later, over two million tourists come to Hue each year, raking in more than VND100 billion (US$4.7 million) for the local tourism sector.