Host Vietnam to shine with first international conference on spiritual tourism

Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013

spiritual tourismThe first international conference on spiritual tourism will be held in northern province of Ninh Binh’s Bai Dinh Pagoda from Nov 21 to 22, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.


An official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the conference on ‘Spiritual Tourism for Sustainable Development’ will explore ways in which culture, traditions and beliefs can be integrated into tourism while respecting the four pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, society and culture.


It will also focus on the significance of spiritual tourism, cultural exchange and responsible tourism.


The conference is an initiative of World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary-general Taleb Rifai and is organised by the ministry, UNWTO and the Ninh Binh People’s Committee.


Head of the ministry’s National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Van Tuan said spiritual tourism reflects the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of temples, pagodas, religious structures and local customs.


The government plans to develop a number of spiritual tourism attractions such as the triangular Hanoi-Ha Long-Ninh Binh tourism route, Huong Pagoda (Hanoi), Tran Temple (Nam Dinh) as well as the Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An tourism site (Ninh Binh) which have been suggested as world heritage sites.


The event expects to attract between 340-350 participants with half coming from overseas.

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