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Expanding tourism in the US market

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm




Expanding tourism in the US market


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City Culture, Sports and Tourism will organise and lead a group of Vietnamese travel agents to the US to survey its tourist market from November 28th to December 9th, the agency unveiled recently.


The Vietnamese tourism delegation comprises tourism officials and tourist companies and travel agents in Hanoi and HCM City.


Under the plan, the delegation, in collaboration with local partners, namely Viet Circle, American Tour International (ATI) and American Airlines will work and carry out market surveys and tourist promotion in large US cities such as Los Angles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Washington DC, New York and so on.


According to officials, the visit is aimed to attract more US tourists to Vietnam as well as organising tours in the US for potential Vietnamese visitors.


Source: TT


Translated by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

Qatar Airways expanding Vietnam network with 7 more flights

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Qatar Airways is expanding its operations in Vietnam, a fast-growing market in Asia, where the Middle East airline has already been flying from Doha to Ho Chi Minh City.


The flag carrier of Qatar announced Oct. 4 that from November 1 this year, Hanoi would become its second network point in the country, with four weekly flights to Doha operating via Bangkok.

This file photo shows Qatar Airways personnel at the Qatar Airways pavilion in an international travel expo in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2008 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Qatar Airways said it would launch a third daily flight to the Thai capital November 1. The additional Bangkok service will continue to Vietnam with four of the flights heading onwards to the Vietnamese capital and three onto Ho Chi Minh City, making the HCMC route a daily service.


The new daily service means four direct flights and three via Bangkok.


Meanwhile, the flights to Hanoi will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


“Our third daily flight to Bangkok will create further connectivity across our network into Thailand and also allows us to improve our services to Vietnam where we already fly to Ho Chi Minh City and look forward to adding Hanoi to our schedules,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in the announcement.


Beginning October 12, Qatar Airways operates six flights a week to Thailand’s Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.


Akbar Al Baker added in the statement, “With Phuket and Hanoi coming online around the same time, Qatar Airways will soon operate to two destinations each in Vietnam and Thailand and we are thrilled to be able to offer the traveling public these exciting destinations and, with it, offer more choice.”


The travel market in Asia is experiencing significant growth, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).


Remarking the growth, Baker said, “IATA statistics have passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region up over 10 per cent on the previous year. The timing of Qatar Airways’ expansion drive in Asia couldn’t be better to take advantage of this increase in traffic.”


Both Emirates and Etihad Airways, two other major Middle East airlines, are not serving Vietnam.


In March 2007, Qatar Airways launched its Doha – Ho Chi Minh City route with four non-stop direct flights.

Source: SGGP

HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm




HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia


QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The government of HCMC has assigned its tourism department to survey a river tour linking the city with the Mekong Delta and the neighboring country of Cambodia. Tour operators, while applauding the plan, say the more urgent task should be to develop a wharf in the city for tourist boats first.


Under the city government’s instruction, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will draft an action plan this year to develop the river tour taking tourists from HCMC to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Cambodia.


The department is responsible for planning river routes for tourists, and discussing details as such with relevant departments and tour operators before submitting the plan to the city’s government.


The city’s tourism department said it would launch surveys next month to find suitable routes for tourists and consider services needed for the city’s river tourism.


Earlier, the department ascertained huge potential in river tourism after making surveys on two short routes, with one starting from Bach Dang Wharf to the confluence of Nha Be, and from the wharf to Tau Hu Canal.


Asked to comment on the expanded river tourism, most tour operators told the Daily they supported the scheme, but decried the lack of a wharf for tourist boats. They called for quick development of such a wharf.


There are around 20 tourist boats, floating restaurants, and canoes operating at the Bach Dang Wharf in the city’s District 1. At the wharf, such boats can drop anchor at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard and the end of Hai Ba Trung Street to receive guests but cannot be moored there for a long time because space is limited.


Furthermore, as Bach Dang Wharf is not a tourist wharf so it lacks services for guests as well as places for tourist buses to drop by.


Chiem Thanh Long, director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, told the Daily that Binh Quoi had canceled its plan to build a big floating restaurant due to the lack of a venue to anchor.


“There is no place for new tourist boats. I think that the most important activity for the river tourism development plan is to build a tourist wharf in the city,” he said.


Binh Quoi currently has six boats and canoes operating on the river section between Binh Quoi and Bach Dang Wharf.


The tourism department estimated foreign arrivals in the city this month at around 188,000, up 20% year-on-year but down around 12,000 compared to June as now is the low season of the inbound sector. Tourism revenue is expected at VND2.7 trillion this month, up 15% year-on-year, bringing the total in the January-July period to over VND21.2 trillion.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Expanding rubber plantation overseas

In Vietnam Economy on March 9, 2010 at 8:51 am




Expanding rubber plantation overseas


QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Rubber Group will accelerate planting rubber trees in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and South Africa in the near future.


Currently, the group is managing 160,000ha of rubber with an output of nearly 300,000 tonnes per year. The group aims to exploit around 520,000ha of rubber trees in 2020.


By 2020, Vietnam aims to export around 1 million tonnes of rubber, and become of one of the world’s leading rubber exporters.


Last year, the group earned nearly US$1 billion from exports and US$200 million from profits.


Source: CPV/ VOV


Source: QDND