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Traditional craft villages festival in Oct
A festival featuring the tourism products of traditional craft villages of Ha Noi and Red River Delta provinces will take place from October 12 - 18, according to the Municipal People's Committee.

During the festival, a seminar to discuss the current situation and measures for tourism development in craft villages and craft streets of Ha Noi will also be held with the participation of scientists, policy-makers, tourist companies, and international organizations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).

Ha Noi has planned to develop six traditional craft villages into tourist destinations to attract domestic and international tourists from now until 2015.

They include Phu Vinh rattan and bamboo weaving in Chuong My District, Son Dong fine art sculpture in Hoai Duc district, Bat Trang-Kim Lan pottery in Gia Lam, Van Phuc silk in Ha Dong District, Ngo Ha mother-of-pearl inlay in Phu Xuyen District and Du Du sculpture in Thanh Oai District.

The city will focus on preserving old houses, restoring historical and cultural sites, building areas for product displays and upgrading the transport system, waste and water treatment facilities.

Home-stay services will be offered to give visitors the opportunity to learn about local people's daily life.

By 2015, Hanoi will develop 14 other village-cum-tourist destinations.