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Travel firms call for wharf to boost river tourism

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Travel firms call for wharf to boost river tourism

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City tourism authorities are considering a plan to develop river tourism between HCMC, the Mekong Delta, and Cambodia but travel companies first want them to build a wharf exclusively for tourism.

The city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is planning to do a survey on a new river tour from next month that will allow visitors to cruise from HCMC through the Mekong Delta province of An Giang to Cambodia.

The department sees considerable potential in this after surveying two intra-city routes from BachDangWharf to the Nha Be Confluence and Tau Hu Canal.

The tour operators hailed the proposal but pointed to the lack of a wharf for tourist boats.

There are 20 tourist boats, floating restaurants, and canoes operating from Bach Dang, which is not a tourist wharf, in District 1, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon Online (Saigon Economic Times Online) reported.

They can dock there to pick up passengers but cannot anchor there for long due to the limited space.

The wharf also lacks tourist services and parking space for tourists’ vehicles.

Chiem Thanh Long, director of the BinhQuoiTouristVillage in Binh Thanh District, said his company had to cancel a plan to build a large floating restaurant due to the lack of docking space.

“I think the most important aspect of the river tourism development plan is to build a tourist wharf in the city,” he said.

Around 188,000 foreign travelers visited HCMC in July, the tourism low season, up 20 percent year on year but down by 12,000 from June, according to the department.

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND

Airports in southern provinces seek int’l flights

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Airports in southern provinces seek int’l flights

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

The Southern Airports Corporation (SAC) and Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) on July 27 held a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City to seek international flights to three new airports in the southern regions.

Representatives from travel and tourism businesses as well as domestic and international airlines were introduced to incentive policies reserved for Phu Quoc airport in the southern province of Kien Giang, Lien Khuong in the southern province of Lam Dong and Can Tho in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Nguyen Nguyen Hung, General Director of SAC said that by 2012, a total of 8 trillion VND will be invested in the three airports.

The Lien Khuong international airport was put into operation last December and is forecast to be able to serve 580 domestic and 250 international passengers at peak hour by 2020.

Meanwhile, the Can Tho airport is scheduled to open in December this year and the Phu Quoc airport in 2012.

As part of the incentives, foreign visitors arrive at Phu Quoc airport will be given visa-exemption for a 15-day stay.

According to Lai Xuan Thanh, deputy head of CAAV, Vietnam has been working to facilitate the operation of international airlines in the country such as easing regulations through bilateral and multilateral agreements and offering 50 percent discount for airport services.

Source: VNA
Photo: hangkhonghanoi

Source: QDND

Nearly 3 million international tourists arrive in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Nearly 3 million international tourists arrive in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

The number of international tourists visiting Vietnam in the first seven months of this year has reached more than 2.9 million, an increase of 34.9% in comparison with the same period last year.

This July, Vietnam welcomed 410,000 tourists, up by 9.1% over the previous month and by 51.1% over last July, according to the figures from the Vietnam National Tourism Administration.

Since the beginning of this year, over 1.8 million visitors, up by 44.4%, arrived in Vietnam for tourism and holiday, nearly 586,000, up by 45%, for business trips, and more than 347,000, up by 2%, for meeting with relatives, compared to the same period last year, respectively.

Moreover, Vietnam has seen an increase of 95.4% of Chinese tourists in its country, followed by Cambodia (93.1%), Thailand (32.1%), and South Korea (31.1%).

Vietnam’s tourism sector expects to receive between 4.2 and 4.5 million international visitors this year.

Source: LDO

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Hanoi develops tourism in Ba Vi

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Hanoi develops tourism in Ba Vi

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Information and Tourism Promotion Centre has organised a trip in Ba Vi District for nearly 30 local travel agencies in order to develop tourism products for the National Tourism Year 2010 in the city.

The delegation surveyed President Ho Chi Minh’s Temple, the Ba Vi National Park, the Thien Son -Suoi Nga tourist area, Ao Vua, Khoang Xanh, Suoi Mo, and Suoi Hai Lakes, and Tan Da tourist sites.

According to Truong Minh Tien, Vice-Director of the Hanoi Culture, Information and Tourism Department, Ba Vi and Soc Son, with diversified ecologies, have potentials to develop their tourism. Tourism sector’s turnover in Ba Vi increases by around 25% every year.

The surveying trip helps build Ba Vi as an interesting tourist place to attract visitors and encourage them to stay longer in Hanoi. In the near future, Hanoi’s tourism sector will launch more eco–tours in Ba Vi and connect the district with adjacent tourist sites.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Large tourist project launched in Phan Thiet

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Large tourist project launched in Phan Thiet

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Doi Bach Duong Ltd. is planning to erect a tourist complex named Doi Bach Duong in Tien Thanh Commune, Phan Thiet City.

According to the investors, the complex will be built on an area of 265 ha and draw some US$ 476 million of investment.

Under the design, the complex will be organised into a number of sections, including villa gardens, hotels, restaurants, a trade center, a cultural center, spa, sports and entertainment areas.

With the scale of investment, this is seen one of the largest tourist project in the region.

The project is expected to be started in August 2010.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Craft exporters enjoy sales boost

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Craft exporters enjoy sales boost

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s craft gift suppliers are gearing up for robust sales growth for the remainder of the year, after weathering a challenging export climate last year, according to Kearny Alliance, a US-based non-profit organisation that helps businesses in developing countries.

“As major export markets show signs of recovery, Vietnam craft gift suppliers are confident of seeing stronger demand,” said Vu Ngoc Khiem, programme manager of the Developing Country Export Assistance Programme.

“In fact, 90 percent of the suppliers interviewed in our survey expect export sales to increase by at least 10 percent over the next 12 months.”

Sixty percent of suppliers will target the EU market, the Kearny Alliance survey showed.

More than 70 percent of craft gift producers have maintained prices through lower margins to attract buyers worldwide.

They have combined a variety of locally available materials to differentiate their products from competitors’.

Nguyen Huy Thong, sales manager of Ngoc Dong Ha Nam Company, said: “We are focusing on pressed bamboo by using semi-automatic machines to reduce labour costs, and we have combined bamboo with woven rattan to offer competitive quotes with unique designs.”

Khiem said the survey showed that export prices ranged from less than 30US cents to above 20 USD, depending on type of material and design.

“Fifty-six percent of the featured suppliers are releasing new models in the coming months.”

The total capacity of featured suppliers is 820,000 pieces per month, of which exports account for more than 50 percent.

The survey is part of the Vietnam Sourcing Report: Craft Gifts, which is one of a series of emerging market sourcing reports published by Kearny Alliance.

The report covers profiles of 34 manufacturers, and contains descriptions, prices and packaging details for 105 best selling export products.

These include crafts, gifts and novelties made of wood, bamboo, ceramic, glass, metal, fabric, plastic and more.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Tuoitre

Source: QDND

Campaign to cut plastic bags use

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Campaign to cut plastic bags use

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

A programme aiming to reduce the use of plastic bags has been launched by the Hanoi Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The plan will be deployed widely throughout the capital, which will include all 10 districts, 18 suburban districts and one town.

The programme, Sunday without Plastic Bags, will kick off next August 1 at Ho Tay Waterpark, Hanoi.

Leaders from the State, representatives from enterprises and foreign organisations, volunteers and the public will join in the campaign condoning the use of plastic bags.

Other activities will be organised including a walk around West Lake and a bicycle ride for the environment.

On the occasion, environmentally-friendly bags will be distributed for free at grocery stores, outdoor markets and department stores in the city. People can also receive the utility bags if they exchange their waste paper at the organising board’s outlets.

Students will volunteer to ride bicycles on August 1 during the month of August to announce the merits of protecting the environment, and they will encourage others to join the programme.

The municipal department will also cooperate with the Hanoi Youth Union to launch a movement to collect plastic rubbish that floats in the city’s lakes.

A workshop, Women Working to Protect the Environment will be held in the capital’s 10 inner districts and 18 outer districts. The meeting will aim to raise awareness about protecting environment and limiting the use of plastic bags.

Pham Van Khanh, vice director of the municipal department, estimated that thousands of Hanoians will join the event.

A pilot programme to limit the use of plastic bags had previously been successful at Hapro Mart.

Hanoians hope to protect the environment, develop the city’s green spaces, and beautify the capital before its 1,000th anniversary in October, he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam-ASEAN seminar looks at achievements

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Vietnam-ASEAN seminar looks at achievements

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

A seminar entitled, “Vietnam-ASEAN: past, present, future” opened in Hanoi on July 27.

The event aimed to mark ASEAN Day and the 15th anniversary of Vietnam’s accession to the organisation. It focused on the motives for joining the organisation and Vietnam’s renovation process with ASEAN co-operation, evaluation of the benefits of Vietnam’s accession to the organisation during the past 15 years, ASEAN’s prospects in the Asia-Pacific region and ASEAN’s policies in the future.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem opened the seminar, emphasising that joining ASEAN was a historic turning point in Vietnam’s diplomatic development.

Participants discussed Vietnam’s policies on building the ASEAN Community and measures to raise the country’s role and prestige in the organisation.

They agreed that joining the bloc was the Party and State’s clear-sighted and strategic decision to implement a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation for the country’s security and development, as well as elevating Vietnam’s status.

During the past 15 years, Vietnam has been an active member of ASEAN, making significant contributions to boosting peace, co-operation and development in the Southeast Asia.

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Tu An Hieu Nghia religion get recognition decision

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Tu An Hieu Nghia religion get recognition decision

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

The Tu An Hieu Nghia or “Four debts of gratitude” religion received the decision of recognition at a ceremony held in the southern province of An Giang on July 27.

Under the decision No. 1114/QD-UBND of the An Giang People’s Committee signed on June 16, 2010, the home-grown Tu An Hieu Nghia was allowed to operate in line with the law of the State of Vietnam.

Earlier, the religion held it first congress for the 2010-2015 term at Tam Buu – Phi Lai pagoda, Tri Ton district of An Giang province.

As a locally-originated religion, Tu An Hieu Nghia was founded in 1867 by Ngo (Tu) Loi in the Bay Nui region of the Mekong delta province of An Giang. The religion has so far attracted tens of thousands of followers, not only in An Giang but also from its neighbouring localities.

Its tenets are the combination of the principles of three religions – Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. The followers live and practise under the principle of learning from Buddhist to cultivate virtue and morals and paying four debts of gratitude, to one’s parents, country, three refuges – Buddha, Dharma, Sangha – and fellow citizens and all mankind.

During its inception, most of the followers were patriotic feudal intellectuals during the past resistance against the French colonialists. Later on, Bay Nui remained a revolutionary base of southern Vietnam during the US war for national reunification.

Since being officially recognised by the state, the religion and its authorities have strengthened its system and helped the party and state to improve social welfare for followers and people living in the region.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

VN wins four medals at Chemistry Olympiad

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm

VN wins four medals at Chemistry Olympiad

QĐND – Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Four Vietnamese students have won two silver and two bronze medals at the 42 nd International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO), held in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo from July 19-28.

The two silver medals went to Nguyen Duc Binh from Thanh Hoa province and Luu Nguyen Hong Quang while the bronzes were awarded to Mai Thu Cuc from Hai Duong province and Le Anh Tuan from Hai Phong city, whose performances resulted in Vietnam, France and Poland tying for 24th place out of the 68 countries and territories taking part.

Do Quy Son, a Doctor of Chemistry and Vietnam’s team leader said that although they did not win any gold, as in previous contests, all the students won a medal, which is an encouraging result.

Son added that for the past five years, the Vietnamese team has always taken gold medals home with them but recently, other countries are becoming increasingly well-prepared and the competition is fiercely competitive.

China won with four gold medals, followed by Thailand and the Republic of Korea with three gold and one silver, respectively. Hosts Japan came 4th along with Singapore, the CzechRepublic, the US, Taiwan and Hungary.

The 43rd ICHO will be held in Turkey in 2011 and Vietnam plans to host the contest in 2014.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND