HCM City’s Book Street earns more than $4.5 mil­lion

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HCM CITY — The HCM City Book Street on Nguyeãn Vaên Bình Street in Dis­trict 1 has earned more than VNÑ105.7 bil­lion ( US$ 4.5 mil­lion) from its book and cafe sales since it opened three years ago, ac­cord­ing to the HCM City Book Street Com­pany.

More than 2 mil­lion books on dif­fer­ent top­ics were sold dur­ing the pe­riod.

The street earned turnover of VNÑ20 bil­lion ($877,000) in the first six months of 2018, up 5 per cent an­nu­ally. In 2017, turnover was VNÑ50 bil­lion ($2.2 mil­lion), and the num­ber of vis­i­tors were 2.4 mil­lion.

To cel­e­brate its third year, the street has opened a new en­ter­tain­ment place for chil­dren that of­fers ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to traf­fic ed­u­ca­tion.

The book street, which opened in Jan­uary 2016, fea­tures dozens of book stalls from more than 20 pub­lish­ers.

It has or­gan­ised many book ex­hi­bi­tions and fairs as well as more than 100 cul­tural and book sign­ing events, at­tract­ing lead­ing do­mes­tic and for­eign pub­lish­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and agen­cies.

“Book ex­hi­bi­tions and festi- vals on the street at­tract about 6,000 vis­i­tors per day and 10,000 at week­ends and hol­i­days,” said Leâ Hoaøng, di­rec­tor of the Book Street Com­pany.

Hoaøng’s com­pany has worked with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to make the street a cul­tural desti­na­tion for tourists. — VNS

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