|Vantage point: Tourists drink coffee on the terrace of an old house in Hoi An Town’s old quarter. Photo courtesy Faifo Cafe
The town’s Culture and Sports Centre said the free ticket offer marks the International Happiness Day (March 20). A series of cultural performances and photo exhibitions will be held from March 19- 20 on the banks of the Hoai River.
Local photographers are presenting their photos of landscapes and people in Hoi An in an exhibition titled, Love and Share, that opened on March 15 and will run until March 20.
Hoi An often offers free tickets for tourists on the occasion of Heritage Day, the anniversary of the city’s recognition as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The town hosted more than 2.6 million tourists last year, 1.3 million of them foreigners.
A 2014 survey found 11.2 per cent of all international tourists returned to the city on their second visit.
Hoi An was chosen for the 2013 Townscape Award by the UN-Habitat Regional Office in Asia, and it featured in the list of 10 most-famous canals in the world compiled by the US-based travel website www.touropia.com in 2014.
Of its total area of 60sq.km, the city has dedicated 22.5sq.km to agriculture and forestry, and 11sq.kms are taken up by lakes and canals.
The central town was the first in Vietnam to hold a Car Free Day and the first location in the central province to launch the 3-R (reduce, reuse and recycle) programme while promoting the use of reusable bags.
The town has successfully organised a pedestrian street in the old quarter since 2002 and installed a solar-powered lighting system in its Hoai River Square.
|Historical link: The Japanese Bridge is a favourite tourist spot in Hoi An Town. The old town will host a series cultural activities to celebrate the International Happiness Day on March 20.