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Hanoi to standardize tourist voice-over on the Royal Citadel Site

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Hanoi to standardize tourist voice-over on the Royal Citadel Site

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will unveil its project, titled “Standardizing the tourist voice-over on the Royal Citadel Relic Site”, this September, said Mai Tien Dung, the Department’s deputy director.

According to Mr. Dung, Hanoi tourism sector was very happy and honourable as the World Heritage Committee (WHC) on August 1st recognized the Thang Long Royal Citadel of Vietnam as a World Heritage.

“Just looking at the excavation site, tourists will find it hard to acknowledge and identify its beauty and value as well”, said Mr. Dung. Thus, “the Department’s project will help more and more international and domestic tourists know and understand historical, cultural and political values of the Thang Long Royal Citadel Site”.

The Thang Long Royal Citadel Site will be opened for the public this mid-September, said Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung, head of the Department of Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in an interview with the Tien Phong Newspaper on August 2nd.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Delta to heat up tourism industry

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Delta to heat up tourism industry

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved a plan to develop tourism as a key economic sector in the Mekong Delta.

The plan, which extends to 2020, will aid in the country’s economic transformation and help reduce hunger and poverty, according to the ministry.

The main goals are to diversify tourism products and fully exploit the country’s tourism potential.

The plan calls for linkage among provinces and cities in the region and additional investment in tourism projects of international standards.

Under the plan, the Mekong Delta region would focus on the overseas Vietnamese community and Southeast Asian tourism market, especially Cambodia, while maintaining current markets in Northeast Asia, Western Europe and North America.

Domestically, the area aims to attract more tourists as well, particularly from HCM City and Hanoi , and the southeastern region.

The Delta region hopes to welcome 2.7 million foreign visitors and 5.3 million domestic tourists by 2015, according to the plan.

By 2020, the region expects to receive 3.9 million foreign tourists and 6.5 million local visitors. By 2015, there would be 37,150 hotel rooms and a total of 50,000 by 2020.

The aim is to employ 154,700 people in the Mekong Delta tourism sector by 2015 and 236,600 by 2020.

The Mekong Delta region would focus on developing rural tourism (orchard and river tours combined with home-stays); cultural tourism (exploration of ethnic cultures), eco-tourism (tours of ecological systems in the area), and high-quality spa therapy tourism (including Kien Giang province’s Phu Quoc Island and Ha Tien town).

In recent years, the Mekong Delta has attained significant achievements in tourism, according to Huynh Vinh Ai, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

For example, in 2009 the number of foreign visitors to the region reached 1.2 million, three times higher than in 2000, while local tourists were 8 million compared to 3.4 million in 2000, resulting in revenue of 2 trillion VND for the tourism industry.

Tourism in the Mekong Delta region has also created stable jobs and raised the income of local residents, according to Ai.

According to the recently approved plan, the Mekong Delta region would concentrate investment in hotels, high-quality resorts and recreational sites of international standard.

It would also aim to preserve and enhance the environment, develop festivals to diversify tourism products, train more tourism staff, and conduct research on applying technology in the tourism industry.

The Mekong Delta can be reached by air, land, river or sea. The region has airports in Can Tho City, Phu Quoc Island , Rach Gia town and Ca Mau province.

Under the ministry’s plan, two international airports will be built.

Located in southwest Vietnam , the Mekong Delta region, with an area of nearly 40,000 square kilometres and a population of 18 million, includes 12 provinces and one major city, Can Tho. The region extends from Long An province in the north to Ca Mau province in the south.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Foreign tours attract visitors

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Foreign tours attract visitors

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Domestic travelers have turned their back on domestic tours when the Vietnam Airlines stopped its associated promotion program, except for those who had booked their tours in May and June.

Meanwhile, foreign tours in Cambodia, Singapore and Thailand with reasonable prices and interesting programs are attracting a large number of tourists.

According to travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of tourists taking foreign tours has increased sharply.

In July, Saigontourist sold tours to Thailand and Cambodia for more than 2,000 visitors. While, the Viet Tourism Company launched two further tours in Laos every week, which is a two-fold increase compared to June’s figure.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Japanese investors stay put in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Japanese investors stay put in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

Vietnam continues to be an attractive destination for Japanese investors, said the third Vietnam-Japan economic seminar in Tokyo on August 3.

The seminar entitled “Japan’s overseas investment tendencies – Vietnam’s case” was attended by more than 70 Japanese economic experts and business people as well as visiting Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong.

Addressing the seminar, senior economic expert Saori Sugeno from the Daiwa Institute of Research (DIR) of Japan said that Vietnam remains the second attractive destination for Asian investors, following China, and is becoming an important production workshop for the global supply system.

Investors have chosen Vietnam to reduce the risks of investing too much in China, said Sugeno, adding that they are also encouraged by increasing consumer spending and the recent launch of a series of large-scaled infrastructure development projects.

He, however, suggested the Vietnamese Government soon build a legal corridor for the public-private partnership model to attract more private capital for the State’s infrastructure projects.

The Vietnamese Government should further improve the investment environment as well as develop the capital market to attract indirect foreign investment and infrastructure investment funds, he added.

Deputy Director of the Asian and Ocean Division under the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)’s Overseas Research Development Bureau Yuichi Bamba laid stress on socio-political stability, a large market with a high growth potential and an abundant and cheap workforce as Vietnam’s major advantages.

He quoted the results of JETRO’s recent studies which showed labour cost in Vietnam is the lowest compared with other ASEAN nations and the majority of Japanese businesses operating in Vietnam in 2010 are optimistic about business prospect in Vietnam after the global economic crisis.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Children in Quang Nam province to be seriously protected

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Children in Quang Nam province to be seriously protected

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The People’s Committee of the Central province of Quang Nam on August 2nd launched a pilot project of children protection in Tam Ky city.  

Accordingly, the committee and the World Vision Organization will carried out  this three-year project in five mountainous districts of Bac Tra My, Phuoc Son, Tien Phuoc, Nong Son and Dong Giang.

Some US $11,000 will be funded for the first year of the project. The fund can be adjusted in the following years, based on the reality of demands and the agreement between the two organizers.

The goal of this project is to improve the effectiveness of taking care of and protecting children from being abused and tortured.

In 2009, the Department of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs of Quang Nam province and other related agencies helped liberate a number of children from their violent gold mine owners.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Repatriated trafficking victims to receive more aid

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Repatriated trafficking victims to receive more aid

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

A draft regulation on providing public services for victims of human trafficking was discussed at a two-day workshop in HCM City on August 3.

Officials from 14 southern and central provinces as well as domestic and foreign organisations attended the meeting.

The draft regulation outlines the responsibilities of State agencies, domestic and foreign organisations as well as individuals, according to Dr Le Thi Ha, deputy head of the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs’ Social Evils Prevention Department.

Services for trafficked victims who return to the country include legal assistance, health care, vocational training, job creation and loan assistance, Ha said.

Because a law on trafficking in women and children has not been enacted, the new regulation would serve as a legal foundation to ensure the victims’ rights and their minimum needs.

Officials and staff in pilot cities and provinces in the Mekong Delta will review a handbook explaining the regulation so that further adjustment of the draft can be made before it is submitted for approval.

As of May 3, 190 trafficked women and children had returned to the country from abroad.

Forty percent of them had been rescued and handed over to authorities, and the remaining returned on their own, according to a report from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Of that figure, more than 2,500 returnees have received psychological and healthcare assistance and more than 1,000 other returnees have received financial and vocational-training assistance, funded from the State budget.

For the 2011-15 period, the ministry has set a target that 80 percent of repatriated trafficked victims will receive assistance to help them reintegrate into society.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Former PMU 18 chief gets three more years in jail

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Former PMU 18 chief gets three more years in jail

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Court on August 3 sentenced former General Director of the Project Management Unit (PMU 18) Bui Tien Dung to three years in jail for ‘deliberately acting against the State’s regulations on economic management, causing serious consequences’.

According to the indictment, during his term of office from 1998-2005, Dung lent cars for wrongly-purposed uses, leading to the loss of almost 2.7 billion VND.

Dung is already serving a 13-year term, which was imposed in 2007, for illegal gambling and for bribery in his attempts to cover up the crime.

His accomplices Vu Manh Tien, vice chief of the PMU 18 office, got a two-year imprisonment, and Bui Thu Hanh, an official of the Finance and Accounting Department of PMU 18, was sentenced to 14 months and five days in prison for the same charge of ‘abusing positions and powers while performing official duties’ in pursuant to Article 281 of the Penal Code.

The duo will be prohibited from holding positions within three years after serving their sentences.

Of the two other defendants, Le Thi Thanh Hoa, deputy head of PID 6, received a three-year suspended sentence plus five years of probation, and Nguyen Thanh Son, also deputy head of PID 6, got a two-year suspended sentence and will be prohibited from holding positions within three years following his sentence for the same charge.

The court requested the defendants reimburse the sums of money they had misappropriated in the case.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Flag to be planted on Fansipan peak to mark Hanoi’s millennium

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Flag to be planted on Fansipan peak to mark Hanoi’s millennium

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The tourism sector will plant a flag on the nation’s highest mountain, the Fansipan in the northern province of Lao Cai to mark the capital city’s millennium birthday.

According to the Deputy Director of Hanoi ’s Culture, Sport and Tourism Department Mai Tien Dung, a group of 85 people working in tourist sector will set out on their climb up the 3,143-m mountain on October 26.

This is a joint activity between the municipal Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to welcome Thang Long-Hanoi 1,000 th birthday and the 2010 National Tourism Year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Dam-building threatens Mekong environment

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Dam-building threatens Mekong environment

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Economic development on the Mekong River is short-sighted and unsustainable, environmentalists heard at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3.

The meeting, entitled Mekong: Energy – Environment – Livelihood Security, was co-organised by PanNature, a Hanoi-based non-profit organisation; the Vietnam Rivers Network, comprising civil society groups, academics and community-based organisations; and the Henry L Stimson Centre, an independent, non-profit, public policy institute.

Delegates heard that the biggest threat to the future of the river, its fauna and flora, is the need to dam the Mekong for hydro-power. The Mekong Delta in Vietnam is particularly vulnerable, participants heard.

The 4,800km Mekong flows through six countries – China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Lower Mekong Basin in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam is home to more than 60 million residents from more than 100 different ethnic groups.

Most of them are poor farmers and fishermen, whose livelihoods are dependent on the river.

epresentatives from PanNature said the Mekong is home to a diverse array of fish fauna, worth billions of dollars, that provide food security for poor communities in the river’s 795, basin.

Participants heard that economic development and poverty alleviation are threatening the livelihoods of those who make a living from the river.

Participants watched a 15-minute video-clip entitled Mekong – The Tipping Point, that highlighted the dangers of damming the river for hydro-power projects.

Timothy Hamlin, from the Henry L Stimson Centre, said that development in Vietnam need not threaten human security and regional stability.

About 50 participants from key government agencies, Vietnamese NGOs and research institutions attended the meeting.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Lang Son border forces seizes VND100 million face-value of fake money

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Lang Son border forces seizes VND100 million face-value of fake money

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

PANO – Border soldiers of the Tan Thanh Border Force Station have just apprehended fake money case, according to Deputy-Commander of the station, Senior-Lieutenant Duong Van Thang.

At 20.30 hours on August 1st, a working group of the Tan Thanh Border Force Station caught red-handed, a man carrying VND100 million of fake Vietnamese currency, which he was trying to bring into Vietnam via a path across the border between Vietnam and China in the northern province of Lang Son.

After initial inquiries, the man was found to be Be Van Trinh, born in 1978 in Chi Lang, Lang Son. He said he was hired to carry the fake money to a person in Bac Giang Province to get VND 5 million.

On August 2nd, the command of the Tan Thanh Station handed over the case to the Lang Son Provincial Command to expand the investigation further.

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND