At the conference. (Source: VNA)

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism organised a conference in the southern province of Dong Nai on October 9 to announce a master plan on developing culture, family, sports and tourism in the southeastern region by 2020.

A ministry representative said the master plan aims to make full use of the potential of the resources and technical infrastructure in the region. It will create a driving force for the development of culture, family, physical exercise, and tourism.

The plan is also to strengthen regional linkages based on the advantages of each - and to reinforce cooperation with ASEAN countries to accelerate the development of regional culture, sports and tourism, he added.

Government Decision No. 1400/QD-TTg dated August 18 indicates that HCM City is the nation's main centre for culture, arts, scientific research and human resources training and the development of the East-West cultural axis will boost cooperation in culture and arts among regional provinces.

By the year 2020, the southeastern region is expected to welcome more than 6 million international visitors and about 34 million locals, earning up to 170 trillion VND (7.6 billion USD) from tourism services, and create jobs for more than 200,000 labourers.-VNA