Tue, 08 Apr 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:41
Ben Tre Coconut Festival is one of traditional festivals in Ben Tre. This festival has been held for three times in 2009, 2010, and 2012. The two first festivals were held with local scale, while, in 2012, it took place in scale of the whole country. Ben Tre is the province having the largest area of planting coconuts in Vietnam with above 52,000 hectares. Its annual output accounts for 36 percent of the whole country. The value of coconut products makes up over 25 percent in total value of industrial production in this province. Products of Ben Tre coconuts are exported to over 50 countries and continents in the world, with over 40 percent of exports in total this province.
The plan of Coconut Festival 2015 in Ben Tre is completed by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. This festival is expected to ensure the solemnity, economic, safety and efficiency. The 4th Ben Tre Coconut Festival is going to be held in April, 2015. It is a favorable condition to promulgate Coconut industry in Ben Tre to nationwide and worldwide through tourist activities.
The 4th Ben Tre Coconut Festival 2015 is the cooperation of several country members of the World Coconut Association; 10 Vietnam’s provinces specializing in coconuts; other planting, processing and exporting coconuts enterprises; and provincial famers. This festival includes a plenty of appealing large-scale activities. Culture-Tourism Week in Ben Tre is one of these activities in the festival’s scope. By dint of this, the coconut industry in Vietnam in general and in Ben Tre in particular is promulgated to both domestic and international tourists. It is also an opportunity to exchange experiences on producing products of coconuts between enterprises and farmers; to push up and upgrade the value of Ben Tre-Vietnam coconut products.
Tourists participating in Ben Tre Culture- Tourism Week have opportunities to witness a series of traditional folk culture, and join eco-tours in several provinces in Mekong Delta. Besides, they have chances to taste special products made of coconuts. Apart from Culture-Tourism Week, a large number of programs are going to take place, such as Coconuts Products Expo and Trade Fair, seminar on Application of Science and Technology on Coconut industry, and Coconuts Space, etc. They are great chances for both domestic and international enterprises, organizations, and individuals to meet and exchange, even cooperate to develop their business.
The Ben Tre Coconut Festival is an important festivals in southern Vietnam to bring into play and inherit the results of the previous festivals; at the same time, to stress the importance of coconuts in national industrial trees and in coconut industry; to develop Ben Tre- Vietnam coconut products in world market; to enhance the integration and sustainable development of coconut industry as well as Mekong Delta Tourism.