Hue Festival welcomes 2 mln people

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The 9-day Hue Festival 2012 attracted more than two million visitors (based on ticket sales) a provincial official said at a press conference held earlier this week.

Ngo Hoa, vice chairman in the central province of Thua Thien Hue, told the press on April 16 that among the two million of people that joined hundreds of activities during this year's festival held in different locations in the province from April 7 15, nearly 190,000 were tourists, a 62 percent increase compared to the previous festival held in 2010.

Half the tourists were foreigners, a 54 percent increase over the previous edition of the festival held in 2010, he said, adding most of the foreign tourists were from Thailand, France, Germany and Australia.

This year's festival also welcomed nearly 700 reporters from 124 local and international media companies, and featured 65 art troupes from 27 countries and territories worldwide.

World renowned pianist Artur Dutkiewicz, the Junusz Prusinowski Trio from Poland, Mosaic from Israel, Mexican guitarist Paco Renteria, and the Descendance band from Australia were among the international performers.

The 8th Hue Festival will open on April 12, 2014.

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