Vietnamese Visitors

Limerick City Council, in partnership with Shannon Development, is involved in an EU funded project under the "Asia Urbs" project. The "Asia Urbs" project was developed by the European Commission to improve the awareness and understanding between the European Union and Asia. It does so by promoting city-to-city co-operation.

Limerick City and Hackney Borough Council (in London) are partnered with the municipality of Hai Duong in Vietnam.

The project is assisting the municipality of Hai Duong to develop the economic and cultural tourism potential of the area. There is a particular focus on the town's traditional craft businesses. This will lead to:

  • Development of a tourism and crafts Development Plan for the town
  • Setting up of a crafts development board
  • Rehabilitation of a building to serve as a crafts promotion centre

There were eight representatives from Hai Duong including the mayor and the Chairman of the People's Council. There were also four representatives from Hackney Borough Council in London.

The delegation arrived in Limerick on Wednesday 14th of May and flew back to Vietnam on the morning of Sunday 18th. During their visit here they had much to cover including:

  • Meeting with the transnational Steering Committee
  • Meet with the City Manager
  • Attend a Civic Reception and a mayoral reception
  • Visits to the Limerick School of Art & Design, the Arts & Crafts Association and the Clare Craft Workers.
  • Participating in a ceilí
  • Outings to Bunratty, Cliffs of Moher, Ballyvaughan and the Burren

We hope they found their visit both enjoyable and informative and can put what they learned to good use back to Vietnam. We also hope the visiting delegation members bring home the experience of our renowned Irish friendliness and hospitality.

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Last update:28/02/2007