Preparations for the Mekong Delta Green Tourism Week scheduled for April 26 to May 2 next year were the main topics at a conference in Can Tho City on December 27.

The event will be organized by the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region in coordination with Can Tho authorities.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Head of the Steering Committee said the event will be held in place of the annual Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum.

The green tourism week will feature a series of conferences and seminars focusing on promoting the region’s tourism potential, calling for investment in green tourism, and seeking solutions to increase regional collaboration in the field.

Located between Tien and Hau rivers, the Mekong Delta, comprising Can Tho city and 12 provinces with a population of 18 million, boasts a huge potential for tourism development.

In the first five months of this year, the region welcomed nearly 11 million visitors, an 8.9 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Of them, more than 800,000 were foreigners, according to the Mekong Delta Tourism Association.-VNA