A festive atmosphere will return to the Mekong Delta’s Can Tho City in December as tourism festival to celebrate cultural ties between Japan and five Mekong sub-regional countries gets underway.
The “Mekong-Japan Tourism and Cultural Festival,” from December 1 to 5, is part of the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year, deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Chien Thang said at a press conference promoting the event in Hanoi on Monday.
The five-day event will attract about 1,000 representatives from local and international travel organizations and the culture and tourism ministries of the Mekong sub-regional countries and Japan.
The Mekong sub-region countries include Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
High on the agenda is a workshop underscoring the sustainable development of tourism in the Mekong Delta region, a photo exhibition, art performances and sporting competitions.
The festival is an opportunity to promote Vietnam’s image, highlight the socio-economic potential of the Mekong Delta region, and attract more tourists and investment into the region, according to Thang.
Host city, Can Tho, is planning to open a walking street next month to provide more tourism services for visitors to the city.
The US$252,000 street will include a night market, food court and souvenir shops from the Ninh Kieu Wharf in the heart of Can Tho.
The street will be open for visitors from 6p.m. to 4a.m. every day.