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The beauty of Meo Vac mountain town

In Vietnam Landscapes on March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

The beauty of Meo Vac mountain town

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The quiet town of Meo Vac lies at the heart of the Meo Vac mountain border district in Ha Giang province.

The isolated town is located in a valley surrounded with the rocky mountains inhabited mostly by H’mong ethnic people.

It does not take much time to wander around the peaceful town but exploring it takes quite a while.

The forest and the fields stand in perfect harmony with the H’mong residential area and the administration offices and public works.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tourism stimulus programme to be launched

In Vietnam Travel on March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Tourism stimulus programme to be launched

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 10:31 (GMT+7)

A tourism stimulus programme is being developed and will soon be announced. To make the programme effective, the most important factor will be to identify the right stimulus objective.

Domestic or foreign visitors?

Luu Duc Ke, director of Hanoitourist, says that in 2009, a stimulus programme entitled “Vietnam impressions” was targeted towards international visitors. But because of slow implementation and lack of capital, the number of foreign tourists attracted to Vietnam under the programme was disappointing. Only in the domestic market did the number of tours increase by 17 percent.

Tran The Dung, vice director of the Young Generation Company and deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Stimulus Group says that if Vietnam Airlines did not cut air tickets fares for domestic tours, then costs would remain high. In fact, travel agents are responsible for bundling services to create tourism products. Air tickets account for 40-50 percent of domestic tour costs with Vietnam Airlines reducing its fares, the tour would drop by 30-40 percent.

Last year, the number of Vietnamese people visiting foreign countries increased sharply because these countries promoted their tourism in Vietnam. If a tourism stimulus programme was not put in place soon, Vietnam’s tourism sector would find it difficult to compete with other countries, like Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Mr Dung proposes that the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) invite the railway sector to join the stimulus group and reduce its fares for groups of tourists. In the high tourist season, the railway sector often raises fares, so it is not easy to cut the tour costs.

Pham Trung Luong, vice director of the Research and Development Institute says it needs clear stimulus objectives in order to devise proper measures and understand the State’s role in helping businesses cut their prices.

Implementing two big promotion campaigns

The stimulus programmes “Vietnam – your destination” and “Impressive Vietnam Grand Sale” will be held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in August and September or September and October. Tourists will be refunded the value added tax on their purchases or enjoy discount cards or coupons at supper markets, gift shops, hotels and tourist sites. Prices will drop from 10-50 percent during the two promotional months.

The VNAT and the Trade Promotion Department will build a coordination mechanism among travel agents, airlines and points of sale to implement the programmes.

Another aspect of the programme is that promotional activities will focus on the domestic market and encourage overseas Vietnamese to promote Vietnamese tourism.

Vu The Binh, head of the Travel Department says 80 percent of foreign arrivals to Vietnam get information from people who have previously visited the country. The programme will be developed into a “Smile at tourists” campaign and each locality will develop their own souvenir to present to visitors.

The second promotion campaign will encourage the more than three million overseas Vietnamese to promote Vietnam tourism.

Mr Binh says an initiative to get every Vietnamese foreign resident to encourage 10 tourists to visit Vietnam is not unrealistic.

Nguyen Hoang Hai, Vietnam Airlines Marketing Manager, says that aviation and tourism are inseparable because 70 percent of foreign visitors to Vietnam arrive by air.

Vietnam Airlines’ policy is to improve the quality of services in the peak season and step up the promotion campaign in the off-season.

Mr Hai suggests the tourism sector design some specific programmes right away so the aviation sector can start promoting them overseas.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

ATF 2009’s success promotes Vietnam’s image

In Vietnam Travel on March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

ATF 2009’s success promotes Vietnam’s image

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The success of the 2009 ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) helped raise Vietnam’s tourism status in the region and offered opportunities for the country to promote its tourism potential abroad.

Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Chief of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), made the statement at a conference in Hanoi on March 8 to honour collectives and individuals for their outstanding achievements in the event.

He said ATF 2009 was a good forum for domestic travel companies to increase business capacity and seek opportunities for cooperation with foreign counterparts.

Vietnam hosted the largest regional tourist event for the first time from January 5-12, 2009. Despite the global economic and financial woes, the forum attracted a record high number of 2,064 delegates, comprising ministers, senior officials, businesses and media workers from ASEAN countries.

During the event, Vietnam had many bilateral meetings with foreign delegations to boost cooperation and garner support for its tourism development. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) launched a discount programme “Impressive Vietnam” at ATF 2009 to deal with falling numbers of foreign arrivals. The programme, which ended last December, brought fairly practical results.

Acknowledging the success of the forum, the Prime Minister has awarded the certificate of merit to two collectives and five individuals in MoCST; MoCST has presented the certificate of merit to 43 collectives and 71 individuals; and VNAT conferred awards on 23 collectives and 91 individuals.

In the past two months, Vietnam received more than 877,000 foreign visitors, an increase of 27.4 percent from a year earlier. 

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Expanding rubber plantation overseas

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

Expanding rubber plantation overseas

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Rubber Group will accelerate planting rubber trees in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and South Africa in the near future.

Currently, the group is managing 160,000ha of rubber with an output of nearly 300,000 tonnes per year. The group aims to exploit around 520,000ha of rubber trees in 2020.

By 2020, Vietnam aims to export around 1 million tonnes of rubber, and become of one of the world’s leading rubber exporters.

Last year, the group earned nearly US$1 billion from exports and US$200 million from profits.

Source: CPV/ VOV

Source: QDND

When women do business

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

When women do business

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The success of businesswomen takes into account the happiness of their families and the success of their children.

They are successful leaders and businesswomen. They have to exert great efforts to gain and keep a foothold in the market in order to assert themselves by contributing to the society and fulfilling their duties as both a mother and wife as well. Five such women share their thoughts with us on the International Women’s Day (March 8).

Tran Thi Thuy – vice president of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and president of the Vietnam Businesswomen Council:

I joined the Resistance when I was 17 years old. As other women did, I dreamed of simple things that the war would end someday and then I would have a warm and happy family with a good husband who would share both sadness and happiness with me and good, intelligent and affectionate children.

Luckily, my husband is my comrade-in-arms. I have a family as I had expected. After the war, to heal wounds and build a new life in the homeland with a number of war injuries, I had to work while studying.

Our characters grew from the war. We had to suffer a lot of losses. We learned to rely on ourselves I think that each person should learn both from books, school and from work as well as life experiences. Self-training is very important for every one.

As a solider and leader in the renewal process, I thoroughly understand that the country need in businesspeople who are pioneers on two fronts: national liberation and national construction. On every front, they receive enthusiastic support from the whole nation. Currently, businesswomen account for 30 percent of the staff of the total number of 250,000 businesses nationwide, excluding household economic units. Each economic growth figure is attributed to businesswomen. There are more and more businesswomen and the increasing growth of the Vietnam Businesswomen Council demonstrates this.

Nguyen Thu Trang – managing director of the Phu My Port in Vung Tau City.

The role of women is honoured, especially businesswomen, because their achievements are recognised by society. When doing business, difficulties are unavoidable. Leaders and society have acknowledged women’s industriousness, endurance, and flexibility in both work and daily life.

For me, my family is a bulwark support whenever I face difficulties. As a leader I have to show my capacity and bravely to face challenges. Like a ship is in a storm, if a captain is not firm, all the people on ship will be affected.Do Thi Kim Lien, General Director of AAA Insurance Company and the Republic of South African Honourary Consul to HCM City:

In general, businesswomen often face many difficulties because of gender preconceptions. Also, to keep their families happy, women need individual time away from work to fulfil their duties as wives and mothers. However, they have many advantages such as high withstanding, patience and skillfulness. I highly appreciate the role of women in business market now because they have great internal force.

I think either men or women must do business with a great deal of indulgence.

In a leading position, I uphold my duties and responsibilities and supervise my work of those under me. Indeed, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by pressures. Nevertheless, the faces radiant with smiles of my AAA staff, my children and people’s belief in me help me overcome everything, like a machine being constantly supplied with energy.

Do Thi Duc Ly, Chairwoman of Thai Nguyen Businesswomen Council and Deputy General Director of Tan Cuong Hoang Binh Joint Stock Company:

Business, especially women, can suffer if their staff don’t receive sympathy from their families. I myself always wish that I had 35-36 hours a day so I could spend more time taking care of my family and children.

I remember one letter written by my daughter when she was 17 years old, before studying abroad. The letter made me burst into tears. She didn’t have big wish such as money or wealth. She only desired to enjoy a meal with all family members being present with my parents.        

It is not easy at all as both my husband and I are busy managing different companies and caring less about our children. However, luckily, our children still study well and know how to share with us.

Nguyen Ngoc Thuy, Head of Board of Directors and CEO of Bac Lieu Lottery Company:

I’m proud of Vietnamese women in general and businesswomen in particular. I feel that I should exert myself more to earn the confidence of my superiors and staff.

Doing business certainly always has both advantages and disadvantages, especially fierce competitiveness. Therefore, my company and I must constantly try our best. To me, my husband and children are a firm bulwark for my success. 

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

1,000 importers to visit VIFA 2010

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

1,000 importers to visit VIFA 2010

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam International Furniture and Handicraft Art Exports Fair (VIFA 2010) will be held from March 11th to 14th at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Fair Center, according to the organising board.

The organisers said that there will be 600 booths from 150 international and domestic businesses, which will showcase wooden products, wooden materials and machines used in the timber industry.

As many as 1,000 international importers from 67 nations have so far registered their visits to the fair, organisers affirmed.

This will be a good opportunity for domestic timber producers to exchange information and seek partners.      

Source: NLD

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Eximbank joins GlobePass alliance

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

Eximbank joins GlobePass alliance

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Export-Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Vietnam Eximbank) has officially joined GlobePass, an alliance network of financial institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, to raise its prestige and service quality for both domestic and foreign customers.

Eximbank made the announcement in Ho Chi Minh City on March 8, saying it was the first bank in Vietnam to join such a network.

GlobePass membership will allow Eximbank to offer customers high-class financial services and more utilities and help the government achieve the goal of phasing out payments in cash. The bank is now able to provide discount programmes among Vietnamese institutions that accept credit cards.

The credit-card holders of GlobePass will have privileges such as discounts, coupons, and gifts at the alliance network’s 277 merchants in 11 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.

GlobePass, which now has over 100 million cardholders with cards issued from 12 member banks in the above countries and territories, aims to boost cooperation among global financial institutions.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tourism projects in Phu Quoc to receive advantages

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

Tourism projects in Phu Quoc to receive advantages

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has just signed a decision on the regulations for activities on Phu Quoc Island and Nam An Thoi grouping of islands, Kien Giang Province.

Accordingly, there will be an international seaport and international airport on Phu Quoc Island. This will allow the island to open sea and air routes to other nations and cities.

The decision also defines Phu Quoc as a national key tourism site and therefore, tourism investment projects in the island will receive more favorable terms.

Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Activities to mark International Women’s Day

In Social life on March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

Activities to mark International Women’s Day

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 10:31 (GMT+7)

Localities have organised a number of activities to mark the 100th International Women’s Day (March 8) across the country, such as art performance, races and meetings to honour outstanding women.

*** More than 7,000 women took part in the “healthy and beautiful women” festival which was held at Park April 30 in Ho Chi Minh City on March 7.

The festival opened with performances involving thousands of women, including special music performances, games and contests. Quadrille and Vera companies presented VND50 million to the City Women’s Union to help poor women.

*** A meeting to honour 100 outstanding female teachers and students was held at the Central Highland University.

The central and central highland regions have more than 200,000 female teachers, accounting for 72 percent of the total number of teachers. They work hard to train millions of pupils and students as well as to care for their own families.

*** The Tien Giang province Women’s Union, in coordination with the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, held the 17th race to celebrate the day on March 7.

The event attracted 300 women and the organising board presented over 100 awards to the winning amateur athletes.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnamese women play increasingly important role

In Social life on March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

Vietnamese women play increasingly important role

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – A solemn meeting to commemorate 1970 years of the Hai Ba Trung (Trung Sisters) Uprising and 100 years of the International Women’s Day was held on March 7th in Hanoi by the Vietnam Women’s Union.

Present at the meeting were Mrs. Ha Thi Khiet, Chief of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation; Mrs. Tong Thi Phong, Vice-chairwoman of the National Assembly, Tong Thi Phong; State Vice-president Nguyen Thi Doan; Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Huynh Dam; and nearly 700 outstanding women delegates representing heroic mothers, people’s armed women heroes and heroic women labourers.

Addressing the meeting, Mrs. Ha Thi Khiet highly valued the outstanding examples of Vietnamese women, who had made great contribution to the Vietnamese heroic revolutionary traditions in the previous national liberation cause as well as present economic development, while preserving the traditional beautiful features of Vietnamese women.

Today, the Women’s Union plays a major role in society. Under the leadership of the Party, Vietnamese women enjoy equal opportunities, conditions and rights as men in all areas of life. In fact, contributions by the Vietnamese women to politics, society and economy are enormous and enduring.

On the occasion, the Women’s Union Central Committee granted savings books worth VND 5million each to women with difficulties.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND