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Jetstar launches cheap tickets for domestic flights

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

The budget carrier Jetstar Pacific offers cheap tickets at price of VND230,000 (US$11) each for domestic flights from December 3-7.

The cheap tickets are applied for flights from Hanoi, Vinh, Hue, Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, which depart from January 14 to February 1.


The cheap tickets also applied for flights between Hanoi and Da Nang return way, which depart from January 5 -25; from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong, which depart from January 5-13 and from Hai Phong to Ho Chi Minh City, depart from January 5 to February 1.


Price ticket applied for flights from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and from Hai Phong to Ho Chi Minh City is VND575,000 ($29).


The ticket prices do not include tax and other additional fee.


Cheap tickets will be available on the Jetstar Pacific’s website and can be paid for online by credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card and by domestic debit cards, such as Connect 24 (Vietcombank), E-Partner (Viettinbank) and VIB.


The air carrier often launches promotional programs for passengers at special events every year.


 

Source: SGGP

Rice prices go up but enterprises commit to meeting domestic demand

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm




Rice prices go up but enterprises commit to meeting domestic demand


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

The information about the rice price increases in the world market has promptly pushed the domestic prices up. Meanwhile, enterprises have been told to get ready to stabilize the market, in case the “price fever”, the thing that once occurred in 2008, returns.


Sales agents in HCM City have raised the retail prices by 3,000-10,000 dong per kilo for every five-kilo bag. Especially, Thai sticky rice is now selling at over 30,000 dong per kilo, or 8,000 dong per kilo higher than previously. Scented sticky rice is being sold at 60,000 dong per kilo, an increase of 12,000 dong per kilo.


Huynh Cong Thanh, Director of Foocosa Company in HCM City, said that the domestic prices have increased because of the higher input materials. For example, first class rice (5 percent of broken rice), which was traded at 7,000-7,100 dong per kilo, is being sold at 7,450 dong. Meanwhile, it is now the time for Vietnamese exporters to deliver products to importers. Some countries are pushing up rice purchases, including Iraq (60,000 tons) and Cuba (200,000 tons).


Thanh said the demand has increased sharply recently. Previously, the shops of Foocosa chain sold 12-15 tons a day, while they sell 25 tons a day now.


Chair of the Vietnam Food Association Truong Thanh Phong said the world market seems to be stable but the imbalance in supply and demand can be seen in some regions. It is now clear that some countries plan to import rice in big quantities, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and African countries.


The sharp rice price increases have raised the worry that the “rice fever” which once occurred in 2008, may return. At that time, people, fearing that the rice supply would become short since enterprises boost exports, rushed to purchase rice to store up. As the result, some big cities seriously suffered from the lack of rice, while enterprises could not carry rice from other provinces at once.


“You should learn the lesson from the 2008 rice price fever. Not only the enterprises in Hanoi and HCM City but also the ones in rural areas have to get ready to stabilize the market when troubles occur,” said Phong.


Thanh has reassured the public that Foocosa is still selling normal rice at no more than 8,000 dong per kilo as it has committed, while scented rice price is being at 10,500 dong per kilo. Foocosa still has 5,000 tons of rice in stocks to be provided to the shops in the city. If troubles occur, Foocosa will carry rice from other provinces to HCM City.


Nguyen Thanh Nhan, Deputy General Director of Saigon Co-op, said the prices of food and necessities available at Saigon Co-op chain remain stable. The prices of some products such as canned food, drinks have just increased slightly.


Le Ngoc Dao, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade, said the city’s authorities are following a plan to stabilize the market. To date, the prices of the most essential goods remain stable, while the supply remains profuse.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Promoting domestic products: long-term plan needed

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm




Promoting domestic products: long-term plan needed


QĐND – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)


Vietnamese businesses have responded well to the “Vietnamese Using Vietnamese Products” campaign since its was launched a year ago and they have achieved significant results.

The sales of domestic products such as garments and textiles, food, and confectioneries have seen sharp increases and consumers now have more options.


In the second phase of the campaign, most domestic businesses hope they will enjoy an even sharper growth rate of about 13.6 percent, twice as much as in 2010.


More than 60 million people live in rural area in Vietnam which is a great potential market and consumers have had more chances to buy high-quality products through campaigns to bring Vietnamese goods to rural areas. It has created impetus for businesses to improve their products to meet consumer demands.


According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, there have been 68 campaigns to bring Vietnamese goods to rural areas with the participation of 857 businesses and they have attracted 4.7 million customers with a turnover of VND1,500 billion.


Pham Duc Tien, Deputy of the Hanoi municipal Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT), said in addition to promotions, the city recently held two campaigns to bring domestic products to 31 trade fairs in seven suburban districts.


Many manufacturers have also opened retailers in rural areas, said Tien.


Representatives of many provincial DoIT agree there should be a long-term policy to ensure further success.


Tran Vinh Nhung, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City DoIT, said his department is working closely with other DoIT in the southern key economic region to create a supply of Vietnamese products to meet consumer demands and stabilise prices.


Ho Chi Minh City will focus on establishing a network of retail outlets and commercial centres in high-demand areas like industrial parks and suburbs, Nhung said.


Binh Duong DoIT Director Nguyen Thi Dien said although the province has held 17 trade fairs in rural areas and industrial parks, each with a turnover of more than VND1 billion, they have not met all consumer demands. Therefore, businesses should work with the DoIT to make the campaign more effective.


Dien also suggested promoting a “Vietnamese Product Week” to support local campaigns.


Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang said his ministry has agreed with the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance on a pilot programme to encourage agricultural cooperatives to become distributors for businesses.


If successful, the model will then be expanded nationwide, Hoang said.


Dinh Thi My Loan, Secretary General of the Vietnam Retailers Association, said as traditional retail models still hold the lion share of the market in Vietnam, her association will try to expand in different directions.


Imports are another factor that stands in the way of domestic production and the effectiveness of the campaign. Modernising the technology to improve the quality of domestic products is necessary to improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese businesses.


Truong Quang Hoai Nam, Director of the MoIT’s Domestic Market Department, said the MoIT is designing the nation’s 2011 trade promotion programme in which associations and businesses will cooperate to provide customers with more information and minimize unfair competition.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Domestic tour numbers decrease

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

A large number of visitors have turned their back on domestic airplane tour when prices increased 30-35 percent, after Vietnam Airlines halted the discounted airfares they had been offering previously from July 1 to August 15.

Vietnam Airlines halts the discounted airfares from July 1 to August 15.  (Photo: KK)Customers have switched to cheap tours of Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore, all of which have many interesting activities, according to travel companies in HCM City.

Mr. Tran The Dung, deputy head of the HCM City group of the domestic tourism promotion program, said that the group sold airplane tours to 2,089 visitors in July; in June the group sold tours to 4,052 tourists. Most of them booked tours in May and June before the national flag carrier stopped offering discounted airfares.

Saigontourist sold Thailand tours to 541 travelers and Cambodia tours to more than 1,500 travelers in July, those numbers representing increases of 15 and 30 percent respectively, compared with June.

According to Viet Media Travel Corporation, the company received 60 overland visitors to Laos per week in July, twice as many as they received in June.

Source: SGGP

Domestic banks increase their presence overseas

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm




Domestic banks increase their presence overseas


QĐND – Friday, July 02, 2010, 21:55 (GMT+7)

Many local banks have been seeking opportunities to expand their businesses abroad, particularly in similar markets or with major trading partners.


After it started to operate in Laos and Cambodia in 2008 and 2009, the Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank) drew up plans to penetrate China and expand its network in Cambodia ’s key economic provinces later this year or early next year.


In addition to Sacombank, in Cambodia , two other Vietnamese banks, the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) opened its first branch on June 28 this year while the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (VIDV) opened its first branch in the middle of last year.


This trend is continuing as the Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank has recently announced a plan to set up a branch in Laos in 2010.


Domestic banks are also seeking ways of expanding their business in Europe. For example, the BIDV-owned Vietnam-Russia Joint Venture Bank (VBR) officially opened in Russia late last year. This is also the first fully Vietnamese bank in Europe.


Earlier, the State Bank of Vietnam allowed the BIDV, the Vietnam Bank for Foreign Trade (Vietnambank) and the Asian Commercial Joint Stock Bank (ACB) to set up representative offices in the United States.


This is being applauded by Vietnamese businesses overseas because the banks can provide them with consultancies and information on investment opportunities, services on capital arrangement, guarantees and the appraisals of partners and projects.


However, entering major markets also means facing fiercer competition, and domestic banks need to prioritise urgent issues, such as risk and the use of modern technologies if they choose to venture overseas, say experts.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines halts selling domestic low-cost air tickets

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm




Vietnam Airlines halts selling domestic low-cost air tickets


QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines (VNA) suddenly announced it would temporarily cease applying its special airfare scheme for agencies participating in a domestic tourism stimulus program between July 1 and August 15, 2010.


Tran The Dung, vice deputy head of the HCM City Tourism Stimulus Group, also director of the Young Generation Tourist Company, said the decision will negatively impact tourist companies and the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam – your destination’’ launched by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.


Participating in the stimulus program, VNA had pledged to cut airfares for domestic tours provided by travel agents that join the program until the end of this year, excepting specific holidays.


Travel agents speculated that perhaps so many customers have exploited the low-cost air tickets that VNA had to adjust its program.


Under the Vietnam Airlines’ special airfare program, the HCMC Tourism Stimulus Group attracted 4,052 tourists to central and northern provinces in all-inclusive tours packaged together with low-cost airfares this June.


Tours were offered at rates discounted by 30-35 percent. The number of tourists soared by three times compared to that of May, and ten times over the same period last year when the first tourism stimulus campaign, “Impressive Vietnam,” launched.


After the launch of the first tourism stimulus campaign, authorities and businesses of Vietnam’s tourism industry announced the second tourism stimulus campaign of 2010, “Vietnam – Your destination,” with the hope of attracting more domestic travelers as well as foreign tourists. The program’s goal is to welcome 4.2 million International arrivals and 27-28 million of domestic tourists.


Realizing the opportunity to boost revenues, many businesses within the tourism industry have come to support the new campaign. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses related to tourism have dedicated a variety of discounts to customers participating in the program.


Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong/ VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines suddenly halts selling domestic low-cost air tickets

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) suddenly announced it would temporarily cease applying its special airfare scheme for agencies participating in a domestic tourism stimulus program between July 1 and August 15, 2010, said Tran The Dung, vice deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Stimulus Group. 

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), a tourist destination in the North

Mr. Dung, also director of the Young Generation Tourist Company, said the decision will negatively impact tourist companies and the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam – your destination’’ launched by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
 
Participating in the stimulus program, VNA had pledged to cut airfares for domestic tours provided by travel agents that join the program until the end of this year, excepting specific holidays.
 
Travel agents speculated that perhaps so many customers have exploited the low-cost air tickets that VNA had to adjust its program.
 
Under the Vietnam Airlines’ special airfare program, the HCMC Tourism Stimulus Group attracted 4,052 tourists to central and northern provinces in all-inclusive tours packaged together with low-cost airfares this June.
 
Tours were offered at rates discounted by 30-35 percent. The number of tourists soared by three times compared to that of May, and ten times over the same period last year when the first tourism stimulus campaign, “Impressive Vietnam,” launched.


After the launch of the first tourism stimulus campaign, authorities and businesses of Vietnam’s tourism industry announced the second tourism stimulus campaign of 2010, “Vietnam – Your destination,” with the hope of attracting more domestic travelers as well as foreign tourists. The program’s goal is to welcome 4.2 million International arrivals and 27-28 million of domestic tourists.


Realizing the opportunity to boost revenues, many businesses within the tourism industry have come to support the new campaign. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses related to tourism have dedicated a variety of discounts to customers participating in the program.

Source: SGGP

Capital needed from both domestic and foreign businesses

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

VNA increases domestic flights

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm




VNA increases domestic flights


QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines plans to increase the number of domestic flights to serve holiday makers during the celebration of the Liberation of South Vietnam (April 30) and May Day.  


There will be 198 additional flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and between Hanoi and Da Nang.


Vietnam Airlines will use large planes for international routes to Asian countries like the Republic of Korea, Japan, China and Thailand.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

New ways discussed to handle domestic violence

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm




New ways discussed to handle domestic violence


QĐND – Saturday, April 03, 2010, 21:27 (GMT+7)

A training workshop on preventing domestic violence opened in Hanoi on April 2 for staff of the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Families – Women and Adolescents (CSAGA), who will disseminate the knowledge across the country.


The five-day workshop is part of a Swedish-sponsored project on encouraging men to participate in the prevention of domestic violence in Vietnam.


Addressing the first working day, Elsa Hastad, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation and Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights of the Swedish Embassy, praised Vietnam’s legal mechanism in the area, which was marked by the adoption of the Law on Domestic Violence in 2007.


“The Vietnamese legislation is quite far developed,” Hastad said. “Although it is quite new, about two years now, it actually criminalises physical abuse and psychological abuse, which was not in place before and that is quite a good piece of legislation.”


However, she said legislation is not enough to root out domestic violence. To do so, she emphasised, there must be a concerted effort among agencies from multiple branches of government, from the legislative to the executive.


More needs to be done to improve public awareness, especially among children, through, for example, incorporating the teaching of gender equality into school curricula at the kindergarten or primary levels, she added.


During the next four days, trainees will learn methods used in Sweden and other countries to engage boys and men in advocating gender equality and preventing domestic violence, as well as learning consulting skills for dealing with men who have committed domestic violence.


Instead of taking a conventional approach, which often looks at women as victims and the men who are perpetrators as criminals, the workshop considers men who resort to violence as those in need of help.


According to lecturer Vidar Vetterfalk, a psychologist working for “Men for Equality” – a Swedish non-government organisation–when faced with family conflict, men tend to react with anger and fear that everything is spinning out of their control. This situation is compounded by the fact that men grow up with “deep-rooted values and attitudes” towards women that were passed from generation to generation.


Therefore, he added, they need help and communication so they don’t take recourse to violence as a solution.


Through exchanges of practical experience and knowledge from other countries, trainees are expected to develop their own solutions that fit into the Vietnamese context and provide the best strategies to put a stop to domestic violence in Vietnam.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND