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Builders release promotional packs to heat up market

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:06 am

House builders in Ho Chi Minh City made debuts of many projects on new houses and apartments with a lot of promotional programs in an attempt to thaw the frozen market.

(Photo:Minh Tri)

The property firm Thuduc House (TDH) planned to kick off its sales of the TDH – Phuoc Binh apartment building in District 9 next year. The construction on foundation and basement of the 5-storey building was finished, the firm announced.

Thuduc House offers the first ten buyers a discount of VND15 million (US$750). Customers buying 3-8 apartments will be offered a 1-2.5 percent discount, while ones paying in advance 50-70 percent of the apartment’s value will enjoy a 2-3 percent discount.

Nha Pho Viet Nam JSC released a big promotional pack for its apartment building City Garden in Binh Thanh District, inviting visitors to attend a drawing contest to win a discount of up to VND200 million – 1.4 billion. Another property company Dat Xanh JSC starts the “Buying an apartment – Winning a car” program.

A construction firm Phuoc Thanh announced on December 15 to start selling the first phase of its property project named Hoang Kim The Gia in Binh Tan District with the price of VND900 million ($45,000) only. Buyers will also get an discount of VND30 million, the firm said.

Phuoc Thanh’s investment manager Danh Thanh Xuan said a large amount of buying orders forced his company to sell apartments before the building construction finish.

“Four main asset classes now are property, stock market, foreign currency and gold. However, foreign exchange rate is fluctuating, with the US dollar getting stronger day by day; while gold surged too high now,” said Nguyen Vu Bao Hoang, Thuduc House’s deputy general director.

“Stock market, meanwhile, shows some signs of recovering. I expected investors will soon return to real estate market with profits they gained from the stock exchange,” Hoang said.

The property firm Sacomreal’s chairman Dang Hong Anh has a similar predict with his counterpart, saying the property market will likely to boom in 2011.

“The market’s recovery will depend on the government’s economic policies. Some foreign economists said a financial bailout worth $600 billion released by the US’s Federal Reserve is partly flowing into Asian markets, including Vietnam. The US investors still consider Vietnam as an attractive destination,” Anh noticed.

“Many problems including inadequate infrastructure, high inflation and fluctuated foreign exchange rate have effected the real estate market. Property regulations were amended, but some of regulations remain conflicted with each other,” warned Le Chi Hieu, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Property Association.

Source: SGGP

Indonesian volcano spews heat clouds, ash

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 4:41 am

Blazing heat set to overwhelm northern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Northern and northern central regions of Vietnam will experience hot and muggy weather for the first few days of this week, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

Meanwhile, the southern and Central Highlands regions will see showers with temperatures hovering around 30-33 degrees Celsius in some areas.

The southern central region alone might experience heavy rains, triggered by an inter-tropical convergence zone, in the next four to five days.

Over the last few days, the sweltering weather has already covered northern provinces as a westerly hot low-pressure system has returned.

Source: SGGP

Delta to heat up tourism industry

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Delta to heat up tourism industry

QĐND – Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 20:36 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has approved a plan to develop tourism as a key economic sector in the Mekong Delta.

The plan, which extends to 2020, will aid in the country’s economic transformation and help reduce hunger and poverty, according to the ministry.

The main goals are to diversify tourism products and fully exploit the country’s tourism potential.

The plan calls for linkage among provinces and cities in the region and additional investment in tourism projects of international standards.

Under the plan, the Mekong Delta region would focus on the overseas Vietnamese community and Southeast Asian tourism market, especially Cambodia, while maintaining current markets in Northeast Asia, Western Europe and North America.

Domestically, the area aims to attract more tourists as well, particularly from HCM City and Hanoi , and the southeastern region.

The Delta region hopes to welcome 2.7 million foreign visitors and 5.3 million domestic tourists by 2015, according to the plan.

By 2020, the region expects to receive 3.9 million foreign tourists and 6.5 million local visitors. By 2015, there would be 37,150 hotel rooms and a total of 50,000 by 2020.

The aim is to employ 154,700 people in the Mekong Delta tourism sector by 2015 and 236,600 by 2020.

The Mekong Delta region would focus on developing rural tourism (orchard and river tours combined with home-stays); cultural tourism (exploration of ethnic cultures), eco-tourism (tours of ecological systems in the area), and high-quality spa therapy tourism (including Kien Giang province’s Phu Quoc Island and Ha Tien town).

In recent years, the Mekong Delta has attained significant achievements in tourism, according to Huynh Vinh Ai, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

For example, in 2009 the number of foreign visitors to the region reached 1.2 million, three times higher than in 2000, while local tourists were 8 million compared to 3.4 million in 2000, resulting in revenue of 2 trillion VND for the tourism industry.

Tourism in the Mekong Delta region has also created stable jobs and raised the income of local residents, according to Ai.

According to the recently approved plan, the Mekong Delta region would concentrate investment in hotels, high-quality resorts and recreational sites of international standard.

It would also aim to preserve and enhance the environment, develop festivals to diversify tourism products, train more tourism staff, and conduct research on applying technology in the tourism industry.

The Mekong Delta can be reached by air, land, river or sea. The region has airports in Can Tho City, Phu Quoc Island , Rach Gia town and Ca Mau province.

Under the ministry’s plan, two international airports will be built.

Located in southwest Vietnam , the Mekong Delta region, with an area of nearly 40,000 square kilometres and a population of 18 million, includes 12 provinces and one major city, Can Tho. The region extends from Long An province in the north to Ca Mau province in the south.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Blazing heat set to overwhelm northern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

Northern and northern central regions of Vietnam will experience hot and muggy weather for the first few days of this week, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

Meanwhile, the southern and Central Highlands regions will see showers with temperatures hovering around 30-33 degrees Celsius in some areas.

The southern central region alone might experience heavy rains, triggered by an inter-tropical convergence zone, in the next four to five days.

Over the last few days, the sweltering weather has already covered northern provinces as a westerly hot low-pressure system has returned.

Source: SGGP

July to see four more heat waves

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Vietnam will see four more hot spells in July alone, though forecasters do expect temperatures go down a bit, Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, said on July 7.

Severe heat wave dries out central rice fields (Photo: SGGP)

The blistering heat wave scorching the northern and central regions over the last few days is the eighth since the beginning of the year and represent the second hottest temperatures in the past 50 years, Hai said.

Common temperatures from 37-40 Celsius degrees will continue in the central region over the next four to five days. In the northern region, the heat wave would last just two more days before the area experiences showers.

The central and northern regions July 7 continued to swelter, with common temperatures hovering around 39-40 degrees.

In the previous day, some places in the areas suffered through severe heat, with temperatures reaching 46-48 degrees.

Source: SGGP

Heat wave, drought continue to hit northern, central regions

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Heat wave, drought continue to hit northern, central regions

QĐND – Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The northern and central regions are suffering from a severe heat wave with the temperature hitting 40 degrees Celsius in some places.

The heat wave will last until July 8 and then subside. The central region is also hard hit by prolonged drought.

According to the Forest Management Department, many forests in the provinces of central region are at dangerous and extremely dangerous fire-risk levels.

Also the same day, the water level in rivers in the central and central highland region were lower than normal, causing water shortages on a wide scale at almost all provinces, said the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

PM calls for measures to deal with drought, heat

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

PM calls for measures to deal with drought, heat

QĐND – Monday, July 05, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked central provinces which have been hit severely by drought and heat to take drastic measures to negate the effects of drought and ensure the timely harvest of the summer-autumn crop.

Over the recent period, droughts and heat-waves have had a negative effect on agricultural production in the central provinces. It is likely that farmers will experience poor harvests as many hectares of already planted paddy rice have dried out while many hectares in some areas have been left fallow due to water shortages.

In an urgent dispatch sent to the province late last week, the Prime Minister asked chairmen of the People’s Committees from affected provinces to instruct the local Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and related agencies to ensure water supplies to the paddy fields. In areas where rice could not be planted, farmers must grow other less water-thirsty crops instead.

Local authorities were required to dredge canals and ditches; install more pumping stations; manage water resources more efficiently by preventing losses and leakages from the reservoirs and irrigation works; and ensure that measures are in place to distribute water.

The Prime Minister also allowed provinces to use their disaster prevention budgets and other legal financial sources for drought mitigation.

The Prime Minister also ordered Electricity of Vietnam to ensure power supplies for irrigation and water works and co-operate with local authorities to release more water from hydro-electric power reservoirs.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasts was requested to keep a close eye on weather and hydro-meteorological forecasts in order to issue timely warnings of water shortages and data for hydro-electric power plants to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Electricity of Vietnam, and local authorities so that they could actively take measures to combat the worst effects of the drought.

Source: VNS/VOVNews

Source: QDND

Severe heat to continue in central and northern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

The sweltering weather will continue in the central and northern regions in the next four to five days with temperatures forecast to top 40-Celsius degrees.


A woman takes her buffalo to search for water in the Cuoi Riverbed in the northern central province of Quang Tri (Photo: SGGP)

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, the northern provinces continue to be affected by a westerly hot low-pressure system as arid winds move through the central region. Both areas will experience high temperatures hovering around 35-38 degrees.

The northern central region will suffer the worst heat with some places due to see the mercury level surpass 40 degrees.

Meanwhile, the Central Highlands and southern regions will be sunny in daytime. In late afternoon and nighttime, sparse showers will roll in with thunderstorms forecast to occur in some places.

The highest temperatures in the two regions will touch 33 degrees.

Sunday was the third day that central and northern regions suffered through the latest heat wave. Residents in provinces like Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An reported they felt as if in a “fire pan” with temperatures touching 38-40 degrees.

Source: SGGP

Scorching heat kills fish, vegetables in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hundreds of fish breeders along the edges of Tam Giang Lagoon have been watching their fish die off en masse due to heat and pollution in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue over the last few weeks.

A farmer in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue examines a dead fish found in his Quang Dien District pond.

At Dang Phuoc Chut’s five fish ponds in Quang Phuoc Commune of Quang Dien District, groups of dead fish floating at the surface of the water are now emitting a foul smell.

Chut said the deaths had cost him over VND70 million (US$3,684).

Fish breeding is the main livelihood of hundreds of the commune’s households. Many fish bred in about 100 out of 170 local fish ponds have died, leaving farmers to accumulate debt upon debt.

The worst damages occurred in Mai Duong, Phuoc Lam and Phuoc Ly hamlets.

The hot and muggy weather has also coupled with diseases to kill a slew of shrimp bred in the province. As of now, shrimps bred on nearly 2,000 hectares of farms have died to ineffectual breeding methods.

In addition, several vegetable crop fields have yellowed and withered in the heat, putting over 1,200 Quang Dien District households in financial straits.

The district provides the market an average of 2,000 tons of fresh vegetables annually.

Farmer Nguyen Chinh said farmers have been forced to water their vegetables fields at 3am, when the electricity is not cut off, in the desperate hope of saving their crops.

Source: SGGP