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Con Dao selected as an impressive regional destination

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Vietnam tops must-visit destination poll

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Da Nang-attractive destination for foreign tourists

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

Da Nang-attractive destination for foreign tourists

QĐND – Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Costa Classica cruise liner brought 1,000 tourists from Hong Kong and China, docking at Tien Sa port, Da Nang City on June 15.

They will go shopping, tour the city by cyclo and go a tour of Hoi An, then sail to Ho Chi Minh City.

From the beginning of this year until now, 880,000 tourists have visited Da Nang City, 61 percent of this year’s target and an increase of 38 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

Of them, 212,200 arrivals were from abroad, a 26 percent rise against the same period last year and reaching 61 percent of this year’s forecast figure.

It is predicted that the number of foreign tourists visiting the city this summer will continue to rise by 15-20 percent.

The central city has a big advantage as it is easy to travel to other destinations such as Phan Thiet and Vung Tau. However, the city still has a limited amount of hotel accommodation for tourists.    

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Phu Quoc Island becomes world-famous tourist destination

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

Vietnamese Prime Minister May 11 released Decision 633/QD-TTg stating that Phu Quoc would become a special economic and administrative center for Vietnam.

Following the prime minister-approved adjusted master plan to develop Phu Quoc Island through 2030, the island would also become the home for domestic and international resorts, urban development, as well as a forest and marine preservation center.

Making fish sauce on Phu Quoc Island ( Photo: SGGP)

The Phu Quoc Island, also known as Dao Ngoc ( Pearl Island ), for its famous pearls, has the potential to become a major tourist centre within the country. Located in southwestern Kien Giang Province, 45km from the mainland, the island owns 32,000 hectares of pristine forests, beautiful and clean beaches, and undamaged coral reefs. ABC News selected Bai Dai Beach (Long Beach) as one of the five most beautiful and clean beaches in the world, though it is not well known outside Vietnam.

District Phu Quoc party committee secretary Van Ha Phong said the Kien Giang People’s Committee 52 domestic and foreign-invested projects have been licensed so far, with a total capital of VND43 trillion.  Seven of these, including Berjaya, Long Beach, Veranda and Miramar have become operational.

Along with appealing to investors to build tourism facilities, the development of Phu Quoc into a financial and banking center for the region, and an international trading hub, district leaders have concentrated on preserving the island’s specialties.

The planting of sim fruit (tomentose rose /myrle), which historically grows naturally on Phu Quoc, is one such preservation project. Sim Son tomentose rose myrtle wine, tea and syrup, invented by Trinh Cong Phat, the director of the Son Phat Co. in Duong To Commune, has become another speciality of the region, attracting tourist interest. Mr. Phat said the arable land for growing sim fruit has shrunk; it needs therefore to expand for tourism, which will raise income for residents.

The Coi Nguon Museum’s director Huynh Phuoc Hue stands at a corner of the museum

It is understandable that over 80% tourists decided to visit the Coi Nguon (Root) Museum- a 40,000sq.m outdoor exhibition where curator and owner Huynh Phuoc Hue displays around 2,000 ancient artifacts including a 3,500-year-old stone axe, a flock of over 60 rare sea eagles and a 500kg dugong bone.

One of Hue’s hardest won artifacts was a part of a boat used by national hero Nguyen Trung Truc.

One of Phu Quoc District’s strengths is the production of traditional fish sauce. However, most of fishing boats have small capacity which can work onshore.

Mr. Nguyen Minh Truc, Head of Phu Quoc District’s Office of Economy, said the district would support local fishermen who can catch fish offshore. Vietnamese-made fish sauce has become world famous with over 100 producers making more than 10 million liters a year.

In the future, the district will reserve two areas for producing the special sauce: Ben Tram and Sau Bridge. In addition, the district is determined to spend budget funds to grow pepper.

Many construction projects have been undertaken on the island, such as a 900-hectare International Airport, a roundabout road for sightseeing tours and the An Thoi International Wharf. Pham Vu Hong, chairman of the Phu Quoc district People’s Committee, said many more important projects will be operating by June.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam becomes attractive destination for Swiss investors

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Vietnam becomes attractive destination for Swiss investors

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Vietnam became an attractive destination for Swiss investors, the Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs told a Vietnam-Switzerland business forum during the current visit to the Western country by President Nguyen Minh Triet.

Switzerland attaches importance to expanding economic co-operation with Vietnam, Secretary Jean-Daniel Gerber said, stressing advantages in an overview on economy, trade and investment between the two countries.

The two countries saw a constant increase in bilateral trade, registering five times in the 1998-2008 period. In 2009, Switzerland ranked fourth among Vietnam’s exporting markets, the Swiss official said.

Vietnam has a great potential for tourism, services, insurance, banking and communication, which, he said, are offering more opportunities for Swiss companies.

He stressed the on-going official visit to Switzerland by President Triet describing it as a milestone in the two countries’ history. He also spoke highly of Vietnam’s experience in overcoming impacts of the global economic-financial crisis, maintaining GDP growth and political stability.

Addressing the two countries business community, President Triet said with its motto of being a friend, reliable and comprehensive co-operative partner with all countries, regional and international organisations, Vietnam always wishes to turn companionship and friendship with other countries into strength in economic co-operation.

Vietnam is creating most favourable investment climate, and is ready to welcome Swiss firms to invest and do business in Vietnam, the President affirmed.

He expressed his pleasure at development of the two countries’ relations and thanked Switzerland’s assistance to Vietnam through most favoured nation status, common effective preferential tariff scheme, ODA and human training programmes.

Also at the forum, President Triet witnessed the signing of contracts on import and export of handicraft items, and fertilizers between both countries’ businesses.

Before attending the forum, President Triet received Credit Suisse leaders, who committed to inject capital in Vietnam’s major projects and provide financial governance human resource training to state-owned enterprises.

President Nguyen Minh Triet is on a four-day official visit to Switzerland from May 16 as guest of Swiss President Doris Leuthard.

Source: Nhandan/VNA

Source: QDND

Tam Dao – ideal destination for holidays

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Tam Dao – ideal destination for holidays

QĐND – Saturday, May 08, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

About 86km from Hanoi, the Tam Dao mountain range extends for 50km with natural landscapes, a romantic and quiet atmosphere, and fresh air. It might be the ideal destination for relaxation.

Driving about an hour from Hanoi, travelers will reach Phuc Yen Town of Vinh Phuc Province. Then, for another half an hour, travelers follow a narrow road along the foot of the mountains under the shadows of pine trees to reach Tam Dao Town.    

Those who set foot in this area for the first time will be surprised to feel a change in the weather when they are about ten kilometers from Tam Dao. Being situated at a height of more than 1,000 meters above sea level, the weather in Tam Dao is similar to Sapa’s in Lao Cai Province, which offers tourists the ability to experience four seasons in one day. 

The day starts with spring winds, turns hot at noon like in the summer, has the mild weather of autumn when it turns dark, and is rather cold at night like in the winter. 

Visiting this place, tourists also enjoy the feeling of returning to nature with beautifully landscaped valleys, hills, mountains and waterfalls as well as other tourism sites such as Thac Bac (Silver Falls), Suoi Tien (Stream of the Goddess), Cau Hen Ho (Dating Bridge), Cong Troi (Gate of Heaven), Den Thanh Tran (Temple of the Tran God), and the Tam Dao National Park that has a total area of 19,000ha with many rare species of fauna and flora.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

Vietnam to pitch itself as a shopping destination

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Vietnam to pitch itself as a shopping destination

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

The latest national tourism promotion campaign will have a strong focus on shopping in order to entice more spending by local and foreign tourists, officials say.

This year’s “Vietnam -Your Destination” campaign plans to offer more shopping tour options to visitors, establishing more shopping centers at tourism sites, said Vu The Binh, head of the Travel Department under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Thailand and Malaysia have succeeded in developing shopping tourism with big sales programs, making great contributions to on-site exports and enabling reduced tour prices as sellers pay commissions to travel agents.

Up to 51 percent of spending by visitors to Thailand is on shopping, while the percentage in Vietnam is only 10-14 percent, Binh said.

To develop shopping-based tourism in the country, the VNAT will launch the “Impressive Vietnam Grand Sale 2010” program in the three major cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in August and September, he added.

Under the program, visitors will be offered discounts of 10-50 percent when shopping at some tourism sites in the cities. They will also get VAT (value-added-tax) refunds, discount cards and/or shopping coupons at some supermarkets, souvenir shops, hotels, and tourism sites.

Some lottery programs will also be held at shopping centers for tourists, while shopping streets, handicraft streets and food streets will be set up in the three cities.

The VNAT will work with the departments of industry and trade in the cities to make lists of the program’s participants and products in order to produce promotional leaflets.

Do Xuan Ha, deputy head of the Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said shopping brochures with contact details of shops offering discounts will be distributed among visitors soon.

Since it is being implemented for the first time this year, the program selects only prestigious trade centers and big shops for participation. Participants who sell fake or low quality products will be heavily fined, Ha said.

However, deputy head of the VNAT, Nguyen Quang Phuong, admitted that Vietnamese goods are not attractive and diversified enough for visitors. “The problem originates from the production stage. We are trying to deal with it, but it needs more time.”

Nguyen Cong Hoan, vice director of the travel agent Hanoi Redtour, said: “We should attract visitors not only with low-priced tours, but take measures to encourage them to spend as much money as possible in our country,” he said. He noted that Vietnamese tourists spend just $250-300 to buy a tour to Thailand, but splurge an additional $500-700 on buying products and services in the neighboring country.

Source: TN

Source: QDND