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Resort flak ‘a warning’

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm




Resort flak ‘a warning’


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

The National Geographic Traveller magazine ratings that list Nha Trang beach as a destination “facing trouble” have come as a warning to the local administration on the need for sustainable tourism development and management.


The comment was made by vice chairman of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa ‘s People’s Committee Le Xuan Than at a press briefing on Nov. 23.


The list appears in the November/December 2010 issue owned by the National Geographic Society’s Centre for Sustainable Destinations.


Than said the province would pay more attention to sustainable tourism, but also added that they have taken many actions to protect and improve Nha Trang beach.


“The province has been investing thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong in upgrading shortcomings in the environment and landscape,” he said.


Than said that because Nha Trang beach is located near a populous city with heavy tourism, it was difficult for it to receive high rankings based on National Geographic Traveller magazine’s criteria, which stresses beaches’ natural and untapped characteristics.


He said that although the committee respected the ratings, newspapers and magazines should provide enough information when quoting from the magazine to avoid misunderstandings and negative effects on the tourism sector of Khanh Hoa.


He particularly noted that Nha Trang beach was listed among the top five beach destinations that “face trouble”, not among the “ten worst beach destinations” as was mentioned by some newspapers and magazines.


“The committee will send documents to the magazine to help them have more information and pictures about Nha Trang beach,” he said.


Based on six standards, including environmental and ecological quality, social and cultural integrity, the condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites, aesthetic appeal, quality of tourism management, and outlook for the future, Nha Trang received 43 points and was listed as a beach that needs improvement.


To create the ratings, the centre gathered an independent panel of 340 experts in fields from historic preservation and sustainable tourism to travel writing and archaeology to score 99 coastal hot spots around the world, using categories such as “top rated,” “doing well,” “in the balance,” “facing trouble,” and “bottom rated”.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Booking for outbound tours increases sharply

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm




Booking for outbound tours increases sharply


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Preliminary statistics of major travel agencies showed that the number of people booking outbound tours to welcome New Year Festival saw a year-on-year increase of 20 percent.


The increase was attributed to a series of discount programmes abroad.


The tourists mainly booked tours to the Republic of Korea , Thailand , China’s Hong Kong and Macau , Malaysia and Singapore .


Saigontourist has been the first travel agency to offer overseas tours with more than 50 programmes in five continentals. The most special programme will be “Hello Turkey-New Year 2011” with 10 days of many activities of Turkish culture.


The tourism company also opened a tour to South Africa and a New Year tour to Australia , the country welcomes new year at the earliest time in the world. Customers of this tour will have an opportunity to see fireworks above Sydney quay.


Saigontourist marketing official Doan Thi Thanh Ha revealed that over 1,000 tourists have so far booked for abroad tours at the company.


The number of people registered for overseas tours through the Vietravel office in Hanoi and the Hanoi Redtours also climbed to about 700.


Meanwhile, the number of visitors booking for domestic tours by the end of the year was low. Saigontourist said that its number of visitors for domestic tours was equal to 30 percent of abroad tours.


According to the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, the tourism sector had to date fulfilled the goal of welcoming 4.2 million foreign arrivals in 2010 and the total number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam is expected to hit 5 million, an increase of 18 percent over 2009.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Expanding tourism in the US market

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm




Expanding tourism in the US market


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City Culture, Sports and Tourism will organise and lead a group of Vietnamese travel agents to the US to survey its tourist market from November 28th to December 9th, the agency unveiled recently.


The Vietnamese tourism delegation comprises tourism officials and tourist companies and travel agents in Hanoi and HCM City.


Under the plan, the delegation, in collaboration with local partners, namely Viet Circle, American Tour International (ATI) and American Airlines will work and carry out market surveys and tourist promotion in large US cities such as Los Angles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Washington DC, New York and so on.


According to officials, the visit is aimed to attract more US tourists to Vietnam as well as organising tours in the US for potential Vietnamese visitors.


Source: TT


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Air Mekong opens more routes

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm




Air Mekong opens more routes


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The Mekong Aviation Joint Stock Company (Air Mekong) from October, 2010has opened further routes to Da Lat and Danang cities continuing from its existing 8 air routes.


From November 16th, the airline will operate more routes: Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat, Hanoi and Danang, Hanoi – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City.


According to its winter schedule, the airline will have 32 flights every day, meeting the demand of passengers during the Tet holiday.


After a period of operation, Air Mekong has won confidence from customers. A representatives from the airline said that on its main routes, occupancy is around 80%, while on other routes, the figure is over 50%.


Source: TT


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Nation claims more silvers at Asian Games

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm




Nation claims more silvers at Asian Games


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Vietnam earned two more silver medals at the Asian Games on the 12th day of the competition in Guangzhou , China on Nov. 24.


Defending champion Vu Thi Nguyet Anh failed to keep her karate title in the women’s under-50kg class after losing 0-2 to host rival Li Hong in the final clash.


Anh met no difficulty on her way to the final as she dominated three rivals from Iran , Chinese Taipei and the Republic of Korea . However Anh, who recently recovered from an injury, was unable to surpass Li.


Valentina Velena of India and Yasina Torrattanawathana of Thailand each walked away with bronze.


Another Vietnamese defending champion lost their crown on Nov. 24 in the sepak takraw regu final after a 15-21, 21-14, 11-15 defeat to Thailand , which is known to have the world’s strongest competitors.


Sepak takraw was one of Vietnam ‘s highest hopes for Asian Games gold, but as with several other sports, they failed to reach their target.


Before leaving for Guangzhou , the Vietnam sport delegation set a target of winning four to six titles to put them within the world’s top 20 strongest countries. But now that the Games are only three days away from over and most of Vietnam ‘s strongest athletes have already finished with their competitions, the target seems far out of reach.


Track and field athletes are currently the country’s best hope for top honours.


Southeast Asia’s fastest woman, Vu Thi Huong, won a berth in the 200m final with a time of 24.05sec in Nov. 24’s semis.


Huong’s teammate Truong Thanh Hang will kick off her second final competition later on the afternoon of Nov. 25 in the women’s 800m event.


Hang, who won silver on Nov. 23 in the 1,500m, is expected to reach even higher in the 800m as she has practised a lot for this event.


She will face Magarita Matsko of Kazakhstan , Tintu Lukka from India and Bahrain ‘s Isa Jamal Maryam Yusuf.


On the men’s side, iron man Vu Van Huyen on Nov. 24 took part in five events of the men’s decathlon. He earned 4,002 points to rank fourth, some 243 points less than the leading athlete.


Women’s chess masters are another final hope for Vietnam , as they entered the semi-final round with eight points after seven matches.


 Karate artists will also share the heavy task of seeking gold in the final competition of the Games.


Six fighters are set to compete in the last three days of the event, including two-time SEA Games champions Bui Thi Trieu in the women’s under-61kg category, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh in the men’s 67kg pool and Le Bich Phuong who won a gold in the women’s 55kg class at the Indonesia Open.


The delegation has won 14 silver, 12 bronze medals and is ranked 26th.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Central Highland cuisine festival held in Kon Tum

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm




Central Highland cuisine festival held in Kon Tum


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

PANO – A cuisine contest with the participation of 9 teams of Central Highland ethnic minorities was held during the ongoing Culture and Sport Festival of Kon Tum Ethnic Minority Groups 2010 in Kon Tum City.


At the competition, the teams introduced their traditional and unique dishes, which they often cook in their traditional festivals, like rice harvesting and buffalo baiting.


The uniqueness of their traditional dishes rests on the ingredients, including herbs and spices, which come only from the Central Highland mountains and forests.


According to local officials, the traditional cuisines of Central Highland ethnic minorities could be a potential for local tourism development.


Translated by Thu Nguyen  


Source: QDND

Chief finance officers share information

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm




Chief finance officers share information


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

More than 200 local and foreign chief financial officers (CFOs) gathered in Hanoi on November 24 for a seminar on their role in dealing with fiscal turbulence.


The seminar promoted the sharing of information on corporate finance, integration into the international financial community and harmonizing financial and accounting standards.


Participants also discussed the global accreditation system by the International Association of Financial Executives.


Nguyen Ngoc Bach, director of the CFO Vietnam Club, said the global economy is gaining momentum, but financial downturn is not yet over.


He said the seminar offered an opportunity for CFOs and corporate leaders to develop measures to minimize risks in business operations.


Bach said the implementation of the association’s global accreditation and finance and accounting standards in Vietnam will help standardise financial management systems.


Hiroshi Yaguchi, vice chairman of the association and founder and executive director of the Japan Association for CFOs, told the forum that the world economy is relying on Asia to further grow.


He said the situation remains unstable and unpredictable and a second dip can still be triggered. However, the world economy had fully shifted to Asia.


Le Dang Doanh, former director of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), said Vietnam’s economy has witnessed a significant recovery during the past two years.


It was agreed that skilled human resources is the key to boosting industry and attracting foreign investment.


Public and private investments remain at high levels. However, the exchange rate has been strongly influenced by Vietnam’s rising inflation, budget deficits, increasing public and foreign debt, an international trade deficit and current account deficit.


To combat this, the Vietnamese Government has set an ambitious target of stabilizing inflation while trying to reach a higher economic growth rate.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

US$45 million complex to be built in HCMC

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm




US$45 million complex to be built in HCMC


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

South Korea’s Cantavil Real Estate Development Company has announced that it will work with Vietnam’s Southern Seed Joint Stock Company (SSC) to build a complex building in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City.


The US$45 million project will have a 17-storey building to house 243 apartments with an area of 87sq.m to 162 sq.m each, a trading center, services and office areas.


It is projected that the project will receive permits for its construction in the second quarter of 2011.


Cantavil currently owns five real-estate projects in Vietnam, of which two apartment buildings in District 2 and Binh Thanh, HCMC, were completed, while other three complexes are under construction in Long Hai-Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Da Nang and Hanoi.


Source: thesaigontimes

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

VND 1.3 trillion funded for sewage processing

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm




VND 1.3 trillion funded for sewage processing


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Committee has finally passed the plans and conditions to mobilise capital for projects to collect and process waste water in Ha Dong and Son Tay.


The projects, costing some VND 1,296 billion from the French Government’s ODA and Vietnam’s corresponding capital will be managed by the City’s Construction Department.


Under the projects, an underground drainage system that will collect waste water from households of 116,000 people on an area of 1,545 ha and a liquid waste processing plant will be built in Ha Dong.


Similar subprojects will be implemented in Son Tay Town.


Officials said that the projects are aimed to improve living conditions for local dwellers in the response to the increasing urbanisation and the downgraded liquid waste processing facilities in the two localities.


Source: HNM


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

17th Meeting of Vietnam Association of Dermatology takes place

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm




17th Meeting of Vietnam Association of Dermatology takes place


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

On November 25th, the 17th Meeting of the Vietnam Association of Dermatology, for the term of 2010- 2015, was held in Da Nang City.


The association aims to help 21 provinces eradicate leprosy by 2015.


Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Pham Van Hien, Chairman of the Association during 2005- 2010, mentioned the activities by the association in eradicating of leprosy from Vietnam, especially a plan to assist 21 provinces in their fight against leprosy in the near future.


In addition, the association has also taken part in programs to prevent HIV/AIDS, and common dermatological diseases, as well as enhancing professionalism for doctors to meet international standards.


At the meeting, Dr. Tran Hau Khang, Director of the Central Dermatological Hospital, was elected new Chairman of the Association for he Term 2010- 2015.


Source: LDO

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

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