The first Mekong Delta Green Tourism week took place from June 27th to July 3rd in the city of Can Tho. The event was organized by Vietnam’s Southwestern Region Steering Committee in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Can Tho City. It included a trade fair and exhibition, street parades, a regional beauty contest, a tourist guide contest and a gastronomy festival.
A chance to develop tourism
The authorities’ goal was to strengthen the regional tourism potential promotion at home and abroad, in order to develop the Mekong’s tourism into a key economic sector. The event was considered a favorable chance helping develop tourism in the region.
According to the organization comity, the cultural event received over 350,000 local and foreign visitors in seven days. The fair and exhibition gathered 1,030 booths while the gastronomy festival featured over 100 delicious Vietnamese local specialty from all over the country. Many localities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, including provinces in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and some foreign travel agencies participated to the event.
Another attraction to the green week was the colloquium on the investment in green tourism in 13 cities and provinces of this region. It offered 62 projects which will soon be launched, representing a total cost of 11,862 billion Vietnamese dong.
A good occasion to introduce potential investors
The 2015 Green Tourism week of the Mekong delta offered to cities and provinces a good occasion to introduce potential locals to international investors and to share experience on cooperation and investment plans.
During the closing ceremony, the organization comity gave glowing reports to 15 collectivities and 7 private individuals for their active contribution to the 2015 Green Tourism week. The total investment for the tourism week is estimated at over 10 billion Vietnamese dong ($460,000).
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