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|Huynh Dong Tuan, deputy general director of Suoi Tien Cultural Park, fields questions from reporters while announcing the Southern Fruit Festival 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday|
With the participation of travel firms, the festival’s organisers expect that the number of visitors this year would increase strongly compared to 1.6 million arrivals recorded last year.
Many foreign travel agencies have also included this fruit festival into their tour programs.
“We have announced the festival programme early so that travel firms can add it to their tours. Besides, we have promoted the festival to foreign tourists who are visiting Ho Chi Minh City and attracted a large number of tourists,” said a representative of the organisers at a conference introducing the festival on Tuesday.
Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will bring their art troupes to perform at the festival.
Huynh Dong Tuan, deputy general director of Suoi Tien Cultural Park, said that some 1,500 tonnes of fruit was sold out last year. The organisers will ensure an abundant supply of fruits for this year’s festival, and fruits will be sold at 20-40 per cent lower than market prices.
The fruit festival is organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the the city's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Suoi Tien Cultural Park. The city has funded the organising of this festival with around VND400 million.
Taking place on June 1-23, the Southern Fruit Festival will consist of many activities such as the fruit floating market with 70 booths, the fruit decorating competition, musical performances and traditional games.
Besides, around 700 farmers will introduce local specialties to visitors at the festival.