These events were selected from 61 nominations from functional agencies and units under the ministry, including 40 events in culture, 11 sporting events, and 10 tourism events.
The events were then finalised through an online poll, which took place from January 3 to 8 at http://sukienvhttdl.bvhttdl.gov.vn, and through votes by journalists representing media agencies across the country on January 9.
Following is the list of standout events:
* Outstanding cultural events:
1. Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2018
The Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF) 2018 was held from April 30 to June 30 in Da Nang city under the theme “The Legend of Bridges”, attracting eight teams from Vietnam, Poland, France, the US, Italy, China’s Hong Kong, Sweden, and Portugal, with Italian team Martarello S.R.L being crowned champions.
With a string of activities held on the side lines of the two-month festival, the number of tourists to Da Nang reached approximately 1.6 million, up 25.54% compared to the DIFF 2017.
An impressive pyrotechnic display from Italy’s Martarello at the 2018 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2018 (Photo: VNA)
2. Non Nuoc Cao Bang recognised as UNESCO global geopark
Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in the northern province of Cao Bang was declared a new member of the UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks, under a resolution approved by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 204th session held in Paris, France, on April 12 (local time).
The Geopark is known as a land of beautiful tourist sites, as well as cultural and historical vestiges, but was also a cradle of the Vietnamese revolution during the national resistance war against the French.
3. Inauguration of art space inside National Assembly House
A contemporary art space was inaugurated in the basement of the National Assembly House in November, displaying 15 art works by 15 contemporary artists.
The artworks feature the artists’ viewpoints on the country’s cultural, architectural and art values set in the long-standing national history.
4. Artisans engaging in intangible cultural practices honoured with ‘People’s Artisan’ title for the first time
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced a list of submissions for the ‘People’s Artisan’ title for the first time to honour outstanding artisans engaging in intangible cultural practices.
The move aimed to honour the key role played by the artisans in preserving and promoting intangible cultural heritages
5. Vietnam enters world top 5 beauty rankings 2018
With the good achievements of H’Hen Nie (top 5 Miss Universe), Nguyen Phuong Khanh (Miss Earth), Nguyen Minh Tu (top 10 Miss Supranational), and Tran Tieu Vy (top 30 Miss World), Vietnam ranked in the top five of the international beauty rankings for the first time in the Missosology page’s beauty ranking of countries in 2018.
The ranking is based on the achievements gained in five contests – Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss International and Miss Supranational.
*Outstanding sporting events:
1. Vietnam Sports gain the highest achievement ever at Asian Games (ASIAD)
Vietnamese sporting delegation honoured at a programme held at the My Dinh national stadium in Hanoi on September 2, 2018 (Photo: VNA)
The Vietnamese sport team finished 17th out of the 45 countries and territories in the medal tally of the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD) in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2, making it the most successful performance of the country at the continental sporting event.
With 352 athletes competing in 32 subjects, Vietnamese athletes brought home four gold, 16 silver, and 18 bronze medals.
2. Vietnam crowned champions of AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 after ten years
The Vietnam national team won the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup title on December 15, ten years after their maiden trophy in 2008. The impressive journey by the red-shirted men received much praise from football fans at home and abroad as well as domestic and international media.
The AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 took place from November 8 to December 15 with 26 matches among 10 teams.
3. Vietnam U23 Team wins runner-up position in the Asian U23 Football Championship
Vietnam U23 Team wins runner-up position in the Asian U23 Football Championship, marking the first time a Vietnamese national team has advanced to the final of a continental championship.
A total of 16 teams competed in the tournament, which took place between January 29-27, 2018 in Changzhou (China).
*Outstanding tourism events:
1. Vietnam tourism welcomes 15 million international visitors
Foreign visitors at Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site (Photo: VNA)
Vietnam tourism welcomed 15 million international visitors in 2018, a record in the 58-year history of industry development.
Last year, the country was estimated to serve 80 million domestic travellers and earned VND 620 trillion (US$26.66 billion) in tourism revenue.
2. Vietnam first named “Asia’s Top Travel Destination”
Vietnam was named “Asia’s Leading Destination” for the first time at the 2018 World Travel Awards held in Hong Kong (China) in September, 2018.
The important mark contributes to expressing the position and reputation of the “smokeless industry” in Vietnam on the world tourism map.