Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung speaks at the event.

The prolonged COVID-19 outbreak has taken its heavy toll on all sectors, including the culture, sports, and tourism sector, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung told a forum virtually held in Hanoi on September 22.

It is a great challenge for the sector as it has staged no big art programmes, organized no big sporting events and received no foreign travelers, he said.

However, several art programmes have been virtually, not only arousing the artists’ passion but also giving people strength to overcome the pandemic.

A range of creative solutions and technology applications have been used in order to promote the value of cultural heritage sites and were implemented at museums and relic sites, such as a 3D virtual reality tour programme at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.

As the international tourism market was frozen, the sector has shifted to the domestic market, with two outstanding programmes, “Vietnamese people travel Vietnam” and “Safe Vietnam travel”, recording encouraging results.

An art programme has recently been held virtually in Hanoi
without the audience to support the COVID-19 fight nationwide

According to Minister Hung, the sector will find it hard to operate normally in the coming months unless people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

During the time, he said relevant agencies will give recommendations to perfect institutions, including laws on cinematography, heritage, and advertisements in order to adapt to the new situation both domestically and globally.

A plan of action on tourism development in the new normal, a a 10-year sport development strategy and a cultural development strategy will also be drafted for submission to the government for consideration, he said.

Source: VOV