Vietnam is taking part in the Singapore Yacht Show - the largest of its kind in Asia - that opened on April 10, with the aim of exploring its river tourism potential.

The country offered a pavilion of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism advertising the river tourism potential of the city and surrounding areas.

Deputy Director of the department La Quoc Khanh said this first attendance at the show will help the city’s sector assess its river tourism capacity, particularly that for the high-end segment.

The total value of yachts at the fourth Singapore Yacht Show is estimated at 500 million USD. The organising board said the scale of the event almost doubles year after year.

At the event, Singaporean Minister of the Prime Minister's Office S. Iswaran said Asia Pacific has become an attractive cruising option for the world's most sophisticated vessels.

Beyond direct tourism receipts, the yachts have brought with them wider economic benefits, such as to marinas, and repair and maintenance facilities, he added.

The Singapore Yacht Show is part of the ninth Singapore Maritime Week that began on April 6.-VNA