This year’s ceremony also marks the 120th founding anniversary of Da Lat City and begins the Tay Nguyen-Da Lat National Tourism Year.
President Sang said the celebratory programmes will drive Da Lat City and the Central Highlands region towards capitalising on their tourism potential and securing rapid and sustainable development.
Da Lat is already famous for its flower festival. It has also won renown for its officially recognised tangible and intangible cultural heritage, such as the UNESCO-listed gongs, the rong houses, the elephant race festival, stone musical instruments, and epic poetry.
The President credited Da Lat Flower Festival with embodying the true colours of a hospitable and beautiful nation.
He hoped Da Lat and the Central Highlands region would be inspired to continue their traditions of solidarity, dynamism, and creativity, advancing the national processes of modernisation, industrialisation, and international integration.
President Sang presented Da Lat City with the Independence Order (third class).