Dalat Flower Festival kicks off 

The grand opening ceremony of the 7th Dalat Flower Festival with its theme “Flowers of Dalat – Miracle from the Good Earth” took place on Saturday night at Lam Vien Square in central Dalat City, Lam Dong Province, luring thousands of local and foreign guests.

Doan Van Viet, chairman of Lam Dong Province and head of the organizing committee of the flower festival, said that the biennial Dalat Flower Festival has become a tourism trademark of Dalat City and Lam Dong Province as a whole and heaped praise from a large number of domestic and international tourists flocking to the hilly resort city during the year-end festive season.

The opening ceremony featured a variety of music and dance performances reflecting the cultural identity of the Central Highlands and promoting the tourism image of Dalat City to international friends, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The festival, lasting until December 27, will feature flower streets, flower parades, vegetable and flower fairs, ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) exhibition, workshops on flowers and an investment promotion conference.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the Lam Dong Week of Tea Culture that will be integrated for the first time into the Dalat Flower Festival while a range of activities are expected to be held to promote silk products of Bao Loc.

A source told the Daily that more than 600 lodging facilities in the city of Dalat have signed a commitment not to push up the room prices during the festival.

The number of visitors, especially those from abroad to Dalat City, has been on the rise in recent years. International tourist arrivals in the hilly resort city last year climbed to 282,000.