Khanh Hoa: Ideal connection spot of cinema and tourism

Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee in cooperation with Vietnam Cinema Association held a conference “Ideal connection spot of cinema and tourism” recently. Present at the event were Dinh Van Thieu, Vice-Chairman of Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee; and Assoc. Professor, PhD. Do Lenh Hung Tu, Chairman of Vietnam Cinema Association together with more than 100 local film makers, directors and business representatives.

Vinpearl Nha Trang filmed in “Pearl Island Love Story”.

Film-induced tourism

Speaking at the conference, Dinh Van Thieu confirmed that Khanh Hoa not only boasts an abundance of tourist attractions but also keeps long-lasting cultural traditions with unique architectural structures and famous scientific research facilities such as the Institute of Oceanography and Pasteur Nha Trang Institute connected with the life and career of Scientist A. Yersin. Khanh Hoa has full conditions and factors which captivate filmmakers and thus lure visitors. He hopes that the conference will boost the integration of cinema and tourism. Scenes filmed in Khanh Hoa help promote the local tourist destination.

Filmmakers, screenwriters and film critics highly appreciate the potentials to combine tourism and cinema development in Khanh Hoa. According to Director, People’s Artist Dao Ba Son, Khanh Hoa is like miniature Vietnam with the sea, islands, rivers, forests, mountains, etc. which can form a big studio for domestic and international filmmakers.

Several leading Vietnamese directors have come to Khanh Hoa to find scenes for many famous movies. The images of Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa have left deep impression on the audience. Cung Quynh Anh, Deputy Director of the Department of Tourism says more film-induced tourism propaganda is needed in Khanh Hoa and hopes filmmakers help lure viewers inspired by beautiful sceneries of locations exposed in movies to visit Khanh Hoa, creating a link between cinema and tourism.

Integration of cinema and tourism

Film-induced tourism is required in Khanh Hoa with a proactive approach needed in order to find and encourage skilled producers to film at local locations, taking advantage of the connection of art and commerce, linking travel operators and film makers. Travel operators may recommend sets with beautiful sceneries or tours suitable for film stories to attract visitors, according to Journalist Viet Van, Labor Newspaper.

Screenwriter Dinh Thien Phuc says inspiring scripts or stories related to Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa known as the Land of Aloe Wood, are needed to attract filmmakers. Dinh Thien Phuc hoped to have more traveling opportunities to get amazing real life experience for writing scripts about Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa.

Especially, Director Dao Ba Son hopes there will be an International Film Festival in Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa, so that it will attract film stars and thus lure more visitors. For example, Cannes Film Festival brings a massive tourism influx to Cannes (France). “With breath-taking sceneries, Nha Trang City is expecting to host international events for further tourism marketing. A few decades ago, no one could imagine Nha Trang would turn into such a thriving and beautiful city as it is now, so why don’t we dream of a big international film festival taking place in this picturesque coastal city in the coming time?”, he added.

The conference “Khanh Hoa: Ideal connection spot of cinema and tourism” within the framework of Kite Awards 2021 took place in Khanh Hoa on September 8-13. On this occasion, The Vietnam Book of Records (VietKings) awarded a Vietnamese record of “The public film screening on the beach with the most screening locations in Vietnam to serve residents and visitors” to the Center of Culture and Cinema.

Translated by N.T

Source: Khanh Hoa News –

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