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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

Vinamilk among best under-a-billion firms, Forbes Asia says

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:07 am

Vietnam’s biggest dairy maker Vinamilk was named for the first time ever as one of the best small-to-midsize performers in the Asia-Pacific region in the Forbes Asia’s “Best Under A Billion” list this year.

Shoppers picks Vinamilk’s products at a HCMC-based super market (Photo: sanvatbavi.com.vn)

Vietnam Dairy Products, known as Vinamilk, which holds a one-third share of Vietnam’s US$1.5-billion dairy market, enjoyed a net profit jump of 67 percent to $90 million. Its revenues climbed by half to $389 million through the first half of 2010, Forbes reported.


The company listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange with the coded name of VNM is expected to grow 25 percent this year.


“With revenues doubled and net profit up fourfold in the last four years, it is the most successful of the country’s privatized state-owned enterprises,” according to the September issue of Forbes Asia. In August, Vinamilk began construction on a $120 million dairy plant near Ho Chi Minh City that is expected to be the biggest in Southeast Asia.


“Vinamilk has been successful in the competition with foreign brands. It has created a very strong Vietnamese brand, a solid footing in the local market, and it has been able to tap into the rising demand for nutrition products,” Trinh Hoai Giang, chief operating official of HSC Securities, one of Vietnam’s three biggest brokerage houses, said in a report on Forbes’ website.


The annual “Best Under A Billion” list highlights 200 top-performing firms with revenues under $1 billion from nearly 13,000 publicly listed Asia-Pacific companies, based on earnings growth, sales growth, and shareholders’ return on equity.


Among 200 top-performing small-to-midsize enterprises in Asia this year are 71 Chinese, 39 Indian, 20 Korean and nine Thailand’s. “Technology firms, both hardware and software, keep making inroads into the 200, along with health-care-related entities,” Forbes said in a report on its website, adding 151 new firms appeared on this year’s list.

Source: SGGP

Competition to create games held among junior students

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

A competition has been held for junior students in the country to develop students’ creativity, announced the Pioneer Teenager newspaper’s representatives at a press briefing on Monday.

A traditional game strengthens collective spirit

The competition to create games involved in groups of students is held by the Thieu Nien Tien Phong (the Pioneer Teenager newspaper), the Department of Students’ Affairs under the Ministry of Education and Training and the Swiss’s Sugus sweets.


Participants will draw their own ideas of the games on paper. These most interesting games of the final round will be played in 74 schools in the country to find out the best ones.


Vu Quang Vinh, Editor –in –chief of the Thieu Nien Tien Phong newspaper, said students can create new games or change available games to suit teenagers of the same ages and psychology at present. These games with building team or group work and collective spirit will be highly praised.


The total prizes for individuals and collectives will be up to VND400 million. However, the most valuable prize, according to the organizers, is that more interesting games will be enjoyed by students in break times or after strained studying hours.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam among most favored hotspot

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

IIE: Vietnam among top 10 places sending students to US

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

Vietnam among top movers for per capita GDP growth

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 internet users

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 internet users


QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is among the top 20 internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service. 


With 24.3 million internet users (out of its population of 89.6 million), Vietnam stands at No. 20 on the list, right after Canada, which has 25.1 million users (out of a population of 33.5 million), according to a report published recently on the website http://royal.pingdom.com. 


According to Royal Pingdom, there are 1.8 billion internet users in the world and the top 20 countries account for nearly 82 percent of that figure. China takes the top spot with almost twice as many Internet users as the United States, which ranks second on the list. A total of 420 million out of over 1.3 billion Chinese are using the internet compared to 234.4 million out of 307.2 million Americans. 


Among the top 20 countries, seven are Asian (accounting for 35 percent of the world’s total internet users); six are European (30 percent) if you also count Russia; and four are English-language countries including India. 


In five to ten years, the order in the top 20 list will be quite different as the internet penetrates further into countries like India, Brazil and the Philippines.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 Internet users

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

Vietnam is among the Top 20 Internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service.

With 24.3 million Internet users (out of the population of 89.6 million), Vietnam stood at No. 20 on the list, right after Canada , which has 25.1 million users (out of the population of 33.5 million), Pingdom said in a report published recently on its website http://royal.pingdom.com .

Vietnam is among the Top 20 Internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service. According to Royal Pingdom, there are 1.8 billion Internet users in the world and the Top 20 countries account for nearly 82 percent of the figure. China takes the top spot with almost twice as many Internet users as the United States , who ranks second on the list. A total of 420 million out of the population of over 1.3 billion in China are using Internet and 234.4 million out of 307.2 million Americans are Internet users.

Among the top 20 countries, seven are Asian (accounting for 35 percent of the world’s total internet users); six are European (30 percent) if you also count Russia; and four are English-language countries if you count India.

In five to 10 years, the order in the Top 20 list will be quite different as Internet penetration in countries like India , Brazil and the Philippines is on the rise, the website said./.

Source: SGGP

Suspected Qaeda leader among three killed in Yemen clashes

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

SANAA, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – Yemeni troops killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants, one of them believed to be a senior one, in clashes late on Sunday in Shabwa province, a jihadist stronghold, a security official said.


“Three Al-Qaeda members, one of them a top leader, were killed” in the deadly exchanges with troops guarding an oilfield in the province, the official told AFP.


The militants killed six soldiers in the firefight, a local official told AFP on Sunday.


The attackers, riding in an offroad vehicle, opened fire with machine guns and rockets at the soldiers who were posted near a foreign oil company’s operations, the official said.


The attack happened in the Al-Aqla distrct, 45 kilometres (30 miles) east of the provincial capital Ataq.


The area produces between 10,000 and 15,000 barrels of crude a day, provincial official Abdel Mohsen Ben Saad told AFP.


Shabwa province is a stronghold of Al-Qaeda militants as it is the base of the Al-Awalaq tribe of the radical Yemeni American preacher Anwa al-Awlaqi, who is wanted by both US and Yemeni authorities.


Awlaqi has been accused of ties to Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch.

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Source: SGGP

VN no longer listed among poor countries

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

No longer listed among the poor and backward countries as of this year, Vietnam has become a middle-income country; however, the country’s economic growth is still unsustainable.

Participants discuss issues concerning Vietnam’s economic develoment at a seminar held in Da Nang on July 8

Economists at a seminar agreed to the statement on basic issues concerning Vietnam’s economic development, which was held jointly in Da Nang on July 8 by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Vietnam Asian-Pacific Economic Center.
 
Dr. Vo Dai Luoc said the growth is not sustainable because it depends heavily on the exportation of natural resources and low labor costs.
 
The main issue now facing Vietnam is to develop an economic growth model that ensures in-depth development, he added.
 
Many economists have stated that to become a developed country, Vietnam needs to design long-term and appropriate development strategies.
 
Such measures would include restructuring the economy, reviewing the operation of State-owned companies, giving the role of the private sector more prominence, reformulating strategies for developing a sea-based economy, ensuring a harmonic relationship between economic growth and environmental protection, and developing strategies to exploit its natural resources.

Source: SGGP