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Tourist promotion to offer big discounts

In Vietnam Travel on March 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Tourist promotion to offer big discounts

QĐND – Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:35 (GMT+7)

A campaign kicked off in Hanoi on March 12, offering deals for the months of August and September and discounts of between 10 and 30 percent on tourist services.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) expects that the “ Vietnam -Your Destination” programme will help it fulfil the yearly targets of 4.2 million foreign arrivals and 28 million domestic holidaymakers.

 The Head of the Travel Department under the VNAT, Vu The Binh, said the campaign will focus on overseas Vietnamese to encourage them to promote Vietnam ’s image.

So far, about 80 percent of foreign arrivals say they based their decision to travel to Vietnam on the recommendation of someone who had visited, Binh said, explaining the VNAT’s policy.

The “ Vietnam ’s Impression” campaign launched by the VNAT last year considerably contributed to increasing the hospitality industry’s revenues by 9 percent year-on-year to some 70 trillion VND.

The VNAT reported that foreign arrivals in Vietnam surged by 27.4 percent year-on-year to almost 880,000 in this year’s first two months.

China took the lead with the number of arrivals into Vietnam reaching some 137,000 or an increase of 90.8 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

Other major markets such as the Republic of Korea and Japan also showed signs of a rally with the number of arrivals up by 24.4 percent and 5.8 percent year on year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

A clearing in the hills

In Vietnam Travel on March 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

A clearing in the hills

QĐND – Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Vistas and solace disencumber the mind along the central coast in Quang Ngai Province.

From Sa Huynh, a small town in central Vietnam’s Quang Ngai Province, it’s just a quick motorbike ride along paved roads to Dong Van, or the “Field of Clouds.” But we chose the more beautiful route, crossing paddy fields by foot, climbing mountain passes, and wading across streams.

We first walked on a one-kilometer-long path between rice fields, and climbed up a short distance to the Cay Quan lookout spot, where the view of rice fields and the sea below were dazzling.

Dong Van is one of Quang Ngai’s rare hilly regions along the coast.

From Cay Quan, it was easy to see why they call the area the Field of Clouds. The vista of puffy clouds rolling out into the horizon against the indigo afternoon was humbling and quieting.

This is a place that village children sometimes come to play. They lie on the grass and stare up at the clouds, imagining they are gods, fairies and Buddhas.

From the point, we could see Sa Huynh, dotted with quaint fishing villages and sandy beaches.

As we walked further into the hills, some houses appeared around a bend. We saw smoke rising from chimneys into the sky, mixing with clouds. We smelled grilled sweet potatoes that a group of cowboys were cooking nearby. We couldn’t resist the scent and gravitated toward the group.

Sitting on the grass and beneath an old tree, we talked and joked with the cowboys, enjoying the fresh sweet potatoes.

Later, we walked to Cay Khe Lake. The secluded spot was surrounded by a hilly forest and the shimmering surface of the water reflected the bright white clouds above. A gentle wind blew and carried the sounds of birds singing through the clearing.

The gentle flowing water of Cay Sanh Stream could be heard from the other side of the lake. From a hill, we watched the stream flow through numerous moss-covered rocks and through paddy fields before entering the sea. Sitting on a large rock, we listened to water sounds and enjoyed the fresh air and a peaceful view of the village. It was as if we had never known tiredness or stress.

Source: TNO

Source: QDND

Cable car rises over Vung Tau

In Vietnam Travel on March 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Cable car rises over Vung Tau

QĐND – Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

A 455-meter-long cable car line in the coastal town of Vung Tau gives travelers a panoramic view of the area’s beaches and hills.

Opened on February 17, the system carries travelers from the Bai Truoc (Front Beach) to the Ho May Tourism Resort on the Big Mountain at a height of 201 meters above sea level.

The VND250 billion (US$13.1 million) first stage of Ho May has just been completed. The resort hosts a variety of tourism facilities, including a cherry blossom orchard, a pine forest, a peacock garden, and a waterfall.

The ticket costs VND100,000 for adults and VND50,000 for children. The fee includes sightseeing by foot and bus at Ho May Tourism Resort. Vung Tau, one of the closest beach destinations to Ho Chi Minh City, is located in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

Source: TNO

Source: QDND

Tourism tipped to reach $4.2b

In Vietnam Travel on March 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Tourism tipped to reach $4.2b

QĐND – Sunday, March 14, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Viet Nam plans to welcome 4.2 million international tourists and 27 or 28 million domestic tourist this year, said Nguyen Van Tuan, director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, yesterday in Ha Noi.

Tuan was speaking at a press conference to announce the stimulus package and plans for this year under the name “Your destination Vietnam”. The country received about 900,000 international visitors mostly from Japan, South Korea, China and ASEAN in the first two months of this year, an increase of 27 per cent over the same term last year.

Tuan estimated that tourism turnover will reach VND80 trillion (US$4.2 billion) this year.

He said last year’s stimulus package for tourism had brought incredible advantages to the local market with the number of domestic tourists travelling to various destinations around Viet Nam increasing.

Despite the crisis, Viet Nam received 3.8 million international and 25 million domestic tourists with a turnover of VND70 trillion($3.7 billion) last year, a growth of 9 per cent over 2008, added Tuan.

In the international market, Tuan said the administration would focus on large scale promotions in key markets such as France and the US. Tuan told Vieât Nam News that they would open their biggest ever road show in Paris to promote Viet Nam.

Last year, the budget for tourism promotion came too late, which caused a lot of difficulties but this year, we have received money early for our programme.

Tuan predicted that tourism would increase in March and April then reduce in May and June.

Tuan said: “We are working with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to organise our first ever sale month to attract more visitors to Viet Nam.”

According to Nguyen Minh Tam, head of the Tourism Department, the VNA has co-operated closely with the administration to attract more visitors.

The VNA will run promotions advertising price reductions of more than 50 per cent for local flights from March to December this year.

“We will also work to promote local tourism in other countries with inviting packages to Viet Nam,” said Tam.

Domestic tourists really helped the tourism industry last year and they continue to be our focus this year, Tuan said.

To better serve the tourists, our administration will urge localities to improve their facilities and infrastructure, especially substandard toilet facilities which can discourage tourists.

Tuan said the administration will launch a special cable TV channel on tourism, in co-operation with Vietnamese Television in April on the occasion of the Hung King’s Death Anniversary.

Source: VNN/VNS

Source: QDND

Air tickets to be sold at post offices nationwide

In Vietnam Travel on March 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Air tickets to be sold at post offices nationwide

QĐND – Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Post Corporation (VNPost) is to launch a nationwide air ticket sales services for Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and Jetstar Pacific Airlines (JPA).

Under an agreement between the partners, in the short term, VNPost will open air ticket sales services at post offices of cities and provinces and expects to expand to grass-root levels later on.

VNPost has also coordinated with VNA and JPA to organise technical training courses on air ticket selling at post offices at city and province levels as well as conduct researches on related information technology.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Paralympic Winter Games kicks off in Canada

In Vietnam Sports on March 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Paralympic Winter Games kicks off in Canada

QĐND – Sunday, March 14, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games officially opened in the Canadian province of British Columbia on March 12 night (local time).

As many as 35,000 spectators and officials, including Governor General Michaelle Jean and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, attended the opening ceremony, which was organised at BC Place Stadium.

A two-hour show featured a cast of 5,000 people performing music, dance and songs around a theme of “One inspires many”.

A new flame lit the cauldron here just twelve days after the Winter Olympic flame was extinguished. The Paralympic torch relay arrived in Vancouver on March 10 for the final leg of its journey before the start of March 12’s opening ceremony in Vancouver. About 600 torchbearers are participating nationwide.

The Paralympic torch was carried into the stadium jointly by Betty and
Rolly Fox, parents of Terry Fox, a forever-young Canadian hero who died in 1981 at 22 after running — on one leg — 5,300 kilometres in 143 days, to raise funds for cancer research.

Fox’s attempt to run across all of Canada was foiled when his cancer
returned, but today millions of people in 30 countries take part in an annual Terry Fox run.

The Paralympics, which run from March 12-21, features 1,350 athletes, trainers and support staff from 44 countries and regions.

The athletes will compete in five sports and 64 medal events, including wheelchair curling, ice sledge hockey, Alpine skiing and the Nordic skiing encompassing biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

200 int’l trade names to attend manufacturing expo in Vietnam

In Vietnam Economy on March 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

200 int’l trade names to attend manufacturing expo in Vietnam

QĐND – Sunday, March 14, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

The international Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2010 will take place in Hanoi from May 20-22, displaying state-of-the-art manufacturing technology in plastics, moulding, automobile spare parts, and automation.

Some 200 prestigious trade names from 20 nations and territories including India, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand will take part in the exposition, which will also introduce the latest innovations, solutions and services in the manufacturing industry.

More than 8,000 industrialists and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the event.

The manufacturing expo will provide good opportunities for Vietnamese manufacturers to update their knowledge of new technology and to seek partners for cooperation in the recovery of the global economy, and provide better connections for Vietnamese industries involved in manufacturing spare parts.

In addition, the third International Electronic Parts Manufacturing Technology Trade Exhibition (NEPCON Vietnam 2010) will be held alongside the Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2010 to meet the demand for safety equipment and electronic applications in corporate management to improve overall efficiency.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Export turnover to Japan keeps rising

In Vietnam Economy on March 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Export turnover to Japan keeps rising

QĐND – Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s export turnover to Japan has so far reached over US$1.7 billion thanks to tax incentives from the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) that officially came into effect in December 2008.

Mr.Tran Ba Cuong, Head of the Department of Goods Origin and Quality under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), said this figure accounts for 27.81% of the Vietnam’s total export turnover to Japan, of which textile-garment products top the list with a turnover of nearly US$955 million, followed by electric wire and cable products with a total value of around US$630 million.

Mr. Cuong commented that AJCEP in April will continue to carry out tax reductions for several kinds of Vietnamese goods such as aquatic, vegetable, footwear products…

Source: TTO

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Salt imports ‘not harming local sales’

In Vietnam Economy on March 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Salt imports ‘not harming local sales’

QĐND – Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

The fall in domestic salt prices, which is badly hurting farmers has not been caused by imports that the government has allowed, affirms Nguyen Thanh Bien, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.

Bien told a recent press conference that the huge imported volumes of salt were not covered by the ministry’s quota. “Only 20,000 out of 75,000 tonnes of salt that have already been imported belongs to the quota,” Bien said.

“The amount accounts for only 17 percent of the total issued quota,” he said, explaining that salt could be imported into the country in two ways: using the ministry’s quota for low tax rates and unlimited quantities at the normal tax rate.

A total of 170,000 tonnes of salt are expected to be imported during this period of this year. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has issued quotas for 146,000 tonnes while another 24,000 tonnes are awaiting allocation.

Meanwhile, thousands of tonnes of salt produced by farmers in the Mekong Delta are piling up with no dealers visiting the farms despite the sharp fall in prices.

The ministry’s Export and Import Department said this year’s quota for the import of salt was 260,000 tonnes, consisting of 180,000 tonnes of industrial salt used to produce chemicals and 80,000 tonnes for consumption.

Local newspapers late February cited experts blaming the quota as the reason for the fall in salt prices.

Mai Thanh Hung, deputy head of a district’s agriculture and rural development department in Bac Lieu province, said the locality was struggling to sell 32,000 tonnes of harvested salt.

Source: VNS

Source: QDND

Automobile tariffs to be cut down

In Vietnam Economy on March 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Automobile tariffs to be cut down

QĐND – Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

PANO – Automobile tariffs will be cut down by 3-6 per cent to 80 per cent and 77 per cent, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The cuts are followed by Circular No 31/2010/TT-BTC on the tariffs amendments that will come into effect on April 22, 2010.

Particularly, import tariffs on under-nine-seat cars that are powered with petrol and have cylinders with capacity of 2.5 liter and above will be 80 per cent.   

Meanwhile, 4-wheels cars with two main axles will see 77 per cent tariffs from the current of 83 per cent.

Translated by Phuong Linh

Source: QDND