A long line of tourists gather at the Hung King Temple Festival in Phu Tho. (Photo: VNA)

Phu Tho (VNA) – The steering committee for tourism cooperation in eight northwestern provinces held a session in Phu Tho on February 25 to set tasks for 2016 and discuss the organisation of the 2017 National Tourism Year Northwest-Lao Cai.

The committee considered developing tourism products among its prioritised tasks with a focus on building exemplary community-based spots and signature products of each locality.

It also put stress on fostering connection with the northeast region, China’s Yunnan province and Laos.

Meanwhile, the hoa ban festival in Dien Bien, Hung King Temple festival in Phu Tho, Lai Chau tourism week and Vietnam International Travel Mart are top promotional activities.

The committee also mentioned the reception for FAMTRIP and MEDIATRIP delegations in promoting the tourism year.

As scheduled, the 2017 National Tourism Year Northwest-Lao Cai, themed “colours of the northwest”, will open in Lao Cai city in February next year.

Its events will be held across the extended northwestern region and in other provinces and cities such as Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Notable activities include the Vietnam tourism village festival and a cultural, sports and tourism festival among Vietnam, Laos, China and Cambodia.

In 2008, a tourism cooperation pact was signed between eight extended northwestern provinces – Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, and Ha Giang.-VNA