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Vietnam’s hotels among T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

The Travel + Leisure magazine (US) has recently named four hotels in Vietnam as being among the Top 500 hotels in the world.

Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: KK)

Theses hotels include the Sofitel Legend Metropole, and Hilton Opera in Hanoi; and the Caravelle and the Park Hyatt Sai Gon, in Ho Chi Minh City.

The T+L 500 results are based upon an annual survey. This survey in which Travel + Leisure subscribers evaluated hotels on characteristics such as rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and the hotel pricing system.  The publication calculated the average rating of each characteristic and tabulated an overall score.

Among them, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi won the Pacific-Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) 2010 gold award, in the Heritage category in August.


Source: SGGP

2,500 cruise ship tourists visit Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

The luxury cruise ship Costa Classica brings foreign visitors to Vietnam.(Photo: Vietnamplus)

Saigontourist Travel Service Co. received the luxury cruise ship Costa Classica bringing around 2,500 visitors and crew in Ha Long City, the northern province of Quang Ninh, on November 23.

The visitors, mostly from France, Spain, the UK and Germany, are in a six-day trans-Viet route to popular tourist spots in Ha Long, Hanoi, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City from November 23 to 28.

The cruise liner is scheduled to make another trip to Vietnam on January 22, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Fire leaves 4,500 stranded on cruise ship in Pacific

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

2,500 cruise visitors tour Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

2,500 cruise visitors tour Vietnam

QĐND – Saturday, October 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company (Saigontourist) welcomed 2,500 cruise visitors, mainly from European countries, on the Costa Romantica cruise that docked in Ha Long Bay on October 29th.

During the 6-day tour, the tourists will visit popular tourist sites in Vietnam, such as Ha Long Bay, Yen Tu Mountain and Bai Chay beach in the northern province of Quang Ninh; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and old quarters in Hanoi; Thanh Ha pottery village, My Son Sanctuary in Danang city; the Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang Tomb and Hue Royal Palace in Thua Thien Hue provinces, to name a few.

On November 2nd, Saigontourist will receive another 2,500 cruise visitors on the Costa Classica to tour Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – My Tho – Danang – Hoi An and Thua Thien Hue.

From the beginning of this year, the company has welcomed more than 45,000 foreign tourists, mainly from European countries traveling on cruise ships.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

1,500 representatives to attend the National Patriotic Emulation Congress

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:50 am

1,500 representatives to attend the National Patriotic Emulation Congress

QĐND – Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

PANO – A press conference to introduce the 8th National Patriotic Emulation Congress was held in Hanoi on October 11th.

The Congress will take place at the My Dinh National Convention Center in Hanoi with the presence of the Party and State’s leaders, central and local ministries and agencies, and 1,500 outstanding representatives in the patriotism emulation movement nationwide.

The Congress will review and assess the implementation of the patriotic emulation movement and the State’s commending and rewarding policy during the past five years, as well as honour outstanding individuals and groups in the movement.

In addition, directions and measures aimed at renewing and enhancing the quality of the patriotism emulation movement, contributing to implementing the socio-economic development tasks and maintaining defense and security during the period of 2011-2015, will also be discussed at the event.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

VN-Index plunges below 500 due to investors’ hastiness

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Movements of VN-Index on July 26. (Photo: the revival of blue-chip stocks, the Vietnam’s benchmark, VN-Index, dropped below 500 on July 26 as investors lost patience.

The measure of 249 companies and four mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange declined 0.44 percent, or 2.21 points, to open the week at 498.1.

Trading volume rose slightly over the previous trading session as 42.46 million shares were traded at VND1.23 trillion.

On the index, 56 stocks advanced or treaded water, while 141 fell.

Binh Chanh Construction Investment Shareholding Company (BCI) tumbled 18.23 percent to VND46,200. The company will issue 18,067,000 shares to sell to its current shareholders at a ratio of 3:1 and a price of VND20,000 per share. This is a part of the plan to issue more than 21 million shares, increasing its chartered capital to VND752.6 billion from VND542 billion.

Godaco Seafood Joint Stock Company (AGD) and Nari Hamico Minerals Joint Stock Company (KSS) both sank 4.86 percent to VND35,200 and VND37,200 respectively.

Chuong Duong Beverages Joint Stock Company (SCD) closed down 4.85 percent to VND29,400.

Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), the sole gainer in banking stocks, topped the list of most active shares by volume with 2.11 million changing hands.

Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) was behind with 2.05 million shares, followed by Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corporation (REE) with 1.97 million shares traded.

Baominh Insurance Corporation (BMI) gained 4.86 percent to VND19,400. According to the company’s preliminary business report for first half of this year, its pre-tax profit have climbed to VND103 billion, up 6 percent year-on-year, to reach 54.2 percent of this their goals for the year.

Hoa Binh Construction & Real Estate Corporation (HBC) advanced for the second day, adding 4.84 percent to VND43,300.

The smaller bourse in the north also slumped as Hanoi’s HNX-Index lost 2.29 points, or 1.45 percent, to 155.7 points. Trading volume fell to one-month low as nearly 30 million shares, worth VND873 billion, changed hands.

The UPCoM-Index dipped 0.52 points, to 54.27. A total of 343,800 shares were traded at a value of VND6.05 billion as of 11 am local time.

Source: SGGP

Biti’s grants 500 scholarships to ill-fated students in the Central provinces

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Biti’s grants 500 scholarships to ill-fated students in the Central provinces

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Binh Tien Imex Corp., Pte. Ltd (Biti’s) presented scholarships to 500 needy students including 100 victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, from five provinces of the Central Vietnam.

At the presentation ceremony held in Danang on July 16th, Mr. Duong Hung, deputy head of the Biti’s, said that along with promoting business, Biti’s has always paid attention to and considered charity activities as their responsibility to the community.

Each “Tender Care of Your Feet” scholarship is valued between VND 600,000 and VND 1.2 million.

Le Thi Hieu Thuong, a 7th grader from Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in Son Tra district, Danang city expressed her gratitude to the sponsor. She said the scholarship is a great encouragement for indigent students to overcome difficulties to obtaining good education.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

VN-Index sinks below 500

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Movement of VN-Index on July 7. (Photo:

VN-Index, a measure of 246 companies and four mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, fell to below the psychologically supportable level of 500 points on July 7 as buying demand failed to prevent stocks from plummeting.

Vietnam’s benchmark finished at 496.91 points, giving up 0.78 percent, or 3.91 points. Around 46.4 million shares changed hands, worth VND1.28 trillion.

Of the index, 56 stocks advanced, 150 retreated, while 44 treaded water.

Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) was the most actively traded share by volume with 1.87 million changing hands. The company’s shares lost 17.87 percent on July 7, which is its ex-rights date.

Sacombank will close the list of shareholders to new investors by July 9, in order to pay dividends and issue additional shares for current shareholders. It will release 234,512,355 shares, of which 100,505,295 will pay dividends for the year 2009, at a ratio of 15 percent. The rest will be sold at a price of VND12,000 per share with a ratio 10:2.

Société De Bourbon Tay Ninh (SBT) came in next with 1.82 million shares, followed by Thuan Thao Corporation (GTT) with 1.45 million shares.

On July 1, BIDV Financial Investment Joint Stock Company, a major shareholder of Thuan Thao Corporation (GTT) sold 3,470,400 shares, sending its holdings to 81,000, accounting for 0.28 percent of the company’s chartered capital.

Hoa Binh Construction & Real Estate Corporation (HBC) sank 11.31 percent to VND34,500. The company will pay dividends in cash at a rate of 12 percent on August 5. Later, it will issue 1,461,954 additional shares to pay current shareholders’ dividends, at a ratio 10:1.

Idico Urban and House Development Joint Stock Company (UIC) declined for a third straight day, losing 4.97 percent to VND32,500.

Among a few gainers, Binh Duong Construction and Civil Engineering Joint Stock Company (BCE) rose 4.95 percent to VND23,300.

Chang Yih Ceramic Joint Stock Company (CYC) and Saigon Beverages Joint Stock Company (TRI) both shot up 4.9 percent to VND10,700.

Hanoi’s HNX-Index was unsuccessful in protecting its rising trend this trading session, contracting 0.46 percent, or 0.71 points, to 155.09. Trading volume slid over previous day to around 30 million shares, valuing VND868 billion.

The UPCoM-Index climbed 0.6 points to 57.52 as of 11:05 am local time. A total of 821,034 changed hands at VND14 billion.

Source: SGGP

VN-Index corrects but stays below 500

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Movement of VN-Index on July 8. (Photo:’s benchmark VN-Index recovered on July 8 as global stock markets rallied. However, it did not surpass the 500 mark over concern that global markets would make sharp correction after big gains.

The shares of 246 companies and four mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange finished at 498.55 points, climbing 1.64 points, or 0.33 percent.

Low buying demand pushed down liquidity on trading floor to 42.4 million shares, worth VND1.16 trillion.

On the index, 100 stocks gained, 87 fell, and 63 were unmoved.

Sugar producer Société De Bourbon Tay Ninh (SBT), with 1.97 million shares changing hands, took the top spot with most active shares in volume, replacing Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), which came in second today with 1.59 million shares.

PetroVietNam Transportation Corporation (PVT) followed with 1.28 million shares traded.

Construction and Materials Trading Joint Stock Company (CNT) advanced for second consecutive day, gaining 4.95 percent to VND33,900.

From July 9 to September 9, Tran Cong Quoc Bao, deputy general director of Construction and Materials Trading Joint Stock Company (CNT), registered to sell 20,000 shares, reducing his holdings to 15,610 shares, claiming personal financial need.

Godaco Seafood Joint Stock Company (AGD) rose 4.94 percent, going from VND38,500 to VND40,400.

Electronic consumer products manufacturer Son Ha International Corporation (SHI) added 4.9 percent.

Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) capped its winning streak of seven straight trading sessions, losing the maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to fall to VND22,800.

Dinh Vu Port Investment & Development Joint Stock Company (DVP) fell 4.89 percent to VND38,900.

Cao Thi Thuy Van, wife of Pham Hong Minh – member of Board of Directors of Dinh Vu Port Investment & Development Joint Stock Company (DVP), sold 2,000 shares between May 5 and June 5 without making an announcement.

Danang Construction Building Materials and Cement Joint Stock Company (DXV) gave up 4.87 percent.

Hanoi’s HNX-Index gained 0.49 points, or 0.32 percent, to end at 155.58. Trading volume was just around 27.12 million shares, worth VND851.22 billion.

The UPCoM-Index of the unlisted shares shrunk 1.81 points to 54.99 as of 11 am local time. A total of 468.557 shares were traded at a value of VND8.36 billion.

Source: SGGP

More than 3,500 free accommodations for students

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

More than 3,500 free accommodations for students

QĐND – Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

The voluntary campaigns of the Hanoi Youth Union since early this month, arranged more than 3,500 free accommodation and thousands of rooms with cheap price for university entrance examinees who are expected to sit for exams this July.

At present, voluntary students continue seeking accommodations. Examinees can find accommodation and help from website

With his bicycle, Tran Thai Hung, a student of Hanoi Open University, has helped find 40 accommodations for examinees.

In this summer, more than 7,200 students have taken part in voluntary campaigns. These volunteers are always present at public places such as coach stations and railway stations to lend a hand to the examinees and their parents to help them settle down before taking the exams.

Thousands of examinees will sit for university and college entrance exams from July 4th to 16th in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: TP

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND