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Tours increases for Tet holidays

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am




Tours increases for Tet holidays


QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)


Travel agencies have tailored various new domestic and overseas tours to meet the growing demands during the coming long Tet holidays.


Mrs. Doan Thi Thanh Tra, Head of the Marketing Office of Saigontourist, revealed that the company has launched 50 more tours before Tet holidays for local tourists and overseas Vietnamese who come home for the Lunar New Year festival.

Joining these tours, tourists can either go shopping to prepare for Tet and visit famous tourist sites as well. Particularly, visitors coming from southern provinces can enjoy the Tet atmosphere in the Northern region.


Saigontourist is expected to serve more than 15,000 tourists, up 15% compared to last year, and some of its domestic and foreign tours during Tet holidays have already been sold out. The recently launched tours before Tet holidays are expected to meet the high demands of customers.


Similarly, Viettravel, Fiditour and BenThanh Tourist have also introduced more than 200 domestic and outbound tours from late December last year to early February, 2011.







 

Overseas tourist favourite destinations are the US, Japan, Egypt, Australia, Thailand, China, Singapore, Japan and some other countries. Domestic tours mainly are to Nha Trang, Dalat, Hue, Hoi An, Phu Quoc, Ha Long bay, Yen Tu mountain, Sapa Town and Ninh Binh City.


The Hanoi Redtour is expected to serve more than 1,500 tourists during Tet holidays, an increase of 20% compared to the same period last year. Some of its tours have been sold out despite price increases of between 5% and 10% due to increases in exchange rates and transportation expenses. The number of people booking these tours keeps increasing every day and some people even booked tours three months ago.


 Mr. Nguyen Cong Hoan, Deputy-Director of Hanoi Redtour, said the company stopped taking bookings to ensure the service quality and warned tourists of bogus travel companies as their prices might be lower but services are not up to the standards.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Road works construction to pause for New Year holidays

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm




Road works construction to pause for New Year holidays


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport on Wednesday announced a plan to temporarily halt the construction of road works during the western and lunar New Year celebrations.


Specifically, for the road works involving the installation of technical infrastructure, the construction will be halted from December 31 to January 1, 2011.


Companies have been ordered to urgently restore any road surface that may need repairing, and to clean construction sites well before December 31.


With regard to drainage system upgrading projects, they will be permitted to keep railings around the construction site, but will have to clean the area thoroughly.


During the Tet holidays, the technical infrastructure installation will be ceased from January 18 to February 10.


Execution units have to clean up the sites and restore any road surface that may need repairing before January 26.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Prices of overseas tours soar up during Christmas holidays

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




Prices of overseas tours soar up during Christmas holidays


QĐND – Saturday, December 04, 2010, 20:25 (GMT+7)

The demand for traveling during Christmas and Western New Year’s holiday are high because they fall on weekends, according to several travel agencies.


At present, short-day tours to Central Vietnam, Southeast Asian countries, and China have attracted a lot of visitors, though the price for such a tour has increased by $20 to $80 US.


According to Nguyen Thi Huyen, Deputy Director of Vietran Tour, most of the travelers have booked for Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong (China), and Thailand. The increased service charge and the shortage of accommodations during the end of the year made the fare for such a tour increase by $20 to $60 US compared to other times of the year.


At Vietran Tour, a four-day tour to Hong Kong charges $698 US; a five-day tour to Thailand costs $379 US, depending on the departure day. Tours to Singapore and Myanmar for four days costs $609 and $549 US, respectively.


A representative from Vietran Tour said that it might run out of tours during Christmas and Western New Year while airfares and hotel rooms are limited.


Meanwhile, Hanoi Redtour has increased its price for outbound tours by 3 to 5 percent, compared to normal days. Visitors have chosen Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Singapore, and Malaysia mostly due to big promotion programs there.


Hanoi Redtour is expected to take around 1,000 visitors to tour foreign countries and 500 visitors to tour around Vietnam. Its seven-day tour to Singapore and Malaysia charges $669 US. A four-day tour to Singapore and Hong Kong-Disneyland costs $599 and $679 US, respectively.


Also, on this occasion, Vietravel has launched 9-day tours around Europe and America combining it with a get-together with a family living abroad.


Meanwhile, prices for inbound tours seem not to have increased. According to Hanoi Redtour, a tour to DaNang-Hoi An, Lang Co for four days charges 4.6 million VND; Nha Trang-Dalat for five days costs 5.8 million VND; DaLat for four days costs 5.2 million VND.


During Christmas and Western New Year’s holidays, Fiditour offers a discount program for tours to Con Dao and Phu Quoc with a price of 2.2 million VND for 50 inbound tours each day.


Source: Vnexpress


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Various tours for Christmas holidays

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




Various tours for Christmas holidays


QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

Many travel agencies have introduced interesting domestic and foreign tours to meet higher demands of tourists during Christmas and the New Year holidays.


The Ben Thanh Tourist Company has launched special domestic tours, of two or three days each, costing from VND 2 to 3 million, excluding air tickets, from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet, Can Tho and Vinh Long. 


In addition, there are also several tours to Central provinces such as Danang, Hue and Quang Binh. In particular, the travel agency offers 5%-10% discount for customers buying tours this December.


On the occasion of the opening of a non-stop air route from Ho Chi Minh City to Beijing, TST TOURIST Company has also launched promotional tours to Beijing and Shanghai for customers to celebrate Christmas and the New Year holiday in China, along with other interesting tours to Thailand.


Source: NLD


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Businesses with disabled employees enjoy tax holidays

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Travel agencies gear up for Tet holidays

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm




Travel agencies gear up for Tet holidays


QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

Travel agencies nationwide have prepared tours for overseas Vietnamese, who are expected to return home at the end of this year for the Lunar New Year Festival.


Mr. Tran The Dung, Deputy Director of the Young Generation Travel Agency, revealed that this month saw a 50% increase in the number of tourists to Da Nang, Hue, Hai Phong and Hanoi compared to last month’s figure.


Other travel agencies share similar increases as they all launched special tours and attractive promotions on the occasion of the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi.


At present, travel agencies are focusing on tailoring new promotion programs and tours with the focus on overseas Vietnamese people during the Tet holidays.


Source: NLD


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Favourite islands for summer holidays

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Favourite islands for summer holidays


QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)


Islands with beautiful and peaceful beaches under a sky blue and bright sun have always been a tourist attraction during the summer season.


Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong City

Located along the southern end of Ha Long Bay and 30km away from the northern city of Hai Phong, Cat Ba Island, is known as an ideal place in the North during the summer holidays.


Visitors can take boat cruises from Ha Long Bay to Cat Ba island. They also travel from the Ben Binh seaport in Hai Phong city to the island by boat, or they can visit Cat Hai tourist site before taking a ferry boat to the island.


On the island, tourists can hire a boat to explore the beautiful sights on the island. They can also anchor the boat wherever they want to swim or to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Sport fans can also hire kayak boats to explore the island themselves.


Quan Lan, Quang Ninh







 

Quan Lan, in Bai Tu Long bay of Quang Ninh province, is one of several islands with a natural beauty.


From Ha Long Bay and Hon Gai island, visitors can travel to the island by boat. You can hire a canoe to travel along the sea before landing on Quan Lan island.


Besides the long white sandy beaches, the island has an old temple which was built in the 17th century. The temple is still in good shape with ancient architecture.


Cu Lao Cham Island, Quang Nam







 

Cu Lao Cham Island, an island commune of Hoi An town in the Quang Nam province, has become a popular destination for visitors because of its beauty and a bio-diversity.


From the ancient town of Hoi An, visitors can take a tour costing somewhere between VND 250,000 to VND 350,000 to explore the island or hire a canoe to travel to the island in a short time.


Tourists can take part in various activities such as diving, snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of the corals. On beautiful beaches, you can swim and enjoy a variety delicious seafood.


Cu Lao Cau island in Binh Thuan







 

Cu Lao Cau of Binh Thuan province is considered as one of the most pristine islands. It is also famous for a ‘museum’ of stones with different shapes.


From Phuong The commune in Tuy Phong district, visitor can hide a fishing boat to travel to the island. They also hide a canoe to go to the island.


Visitors will be interesting in swimming, fishing and walking on the island. You can buy and cook sea food on the island. However, tourists should prepare water and foods in advance because the island is so pristine and lacks of necessary facilities.


Con Dao island in Ba Ria – Vung Tau







 

In recent years, the Con Dao Island at Ba Ria Vung Tau province is a favourite place for tourists during the summers.


Beautiful sights such as the blue seas, the green mountains and the fresh air, as well as long sandy beaches have attracted visitors.


Visitors can hire a motorbike to explore the islands themselves. They can also visit historical sites such as the Hang Duong cemetery, the grave of hero Vo Thi Sau, and the Hoang Phi Yen shrine.


Visitors also have an opportunity to enjoy famous island dishes from various local restaurants.


Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Firms offer staff free holidays to relieve stress, improve work

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm




Firms offer staff free holidays to relieve stress, improve work


QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:32 (GMT+7)

Many businesses have started offering their employees free holiday tours as a bonus instead of giving them money.


Organising free holiday tours for staff aims to help employees relax and work more effectively. Holiday packages also help forge closer relationships between companies and their staff, experts said.


Travelling can help staff members deal with stress and work more effectively after they return from their vacation.


Besides, many companies also combine training courses with tour programmes. These training courses are usually made of short presentations made by experts to help staff acquire more soft skills.


In 2008, HCM City organised a tour to Singapore for the city’s hygiene workers, who had done exceptionally well at their jobs.


Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Council, said that the tour to Singapore for hygiene staff reflects the city’s gratitude during the year of “making the city civilised”.


Sony Electronics Vietnam organised a tour to China for more than 200 employees. The leader of this company said that the tour helped the staff to not only relax, but also improved their professional knowledge about how to work with foreign experts.


Nguyen Cuong, director of the An An food frozen company at the Tan Tao Industrial Park, said that “instead of giving a bonus of 3 million VND (150 USD) to 48 workers, the company tries to spend a little more money to offer them a free tour to Singapore, which brings them a lot of joy and motivation with work.”


Most businesses usually offer both domestic and international tours for their staff, which primarily take place during the summer.


Source: 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

Nation hits the road for national holidays

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm




Nation hits the road for national holidays


QĐND – Monday, April 19, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City’s district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.


She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day.


With all public and private offices closed for four days, she was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so búy well in advance.


Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30.


It has also run out of seats on the HCM City-Gia Lai province, HCM City-Buon Ma Thuot routes.


Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy head of HCM City ’s Eastern Bus Terminal, said the number of passengers travelling during the holiday is likely to be 100 percent higher than on normal days.


The highest demand is for seats to Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak provinces and Vung Tau, Da Lat and Phan Thiet.


A representative of the Western Bus Terminal said that the number of passengers going to the Mekong Delta is likely to rise by nearly 15 percent over the last year.


Flights and trains are also fully booked though services have been increased for a few days before and after the holidays.


Nguyen Dieu Huong, a Vietnam Airlines ticketing agent, said tickets of all routes were sold out a month ago though the carrier had scheduled extra flights.


Only tickets between Hanoi and HCM City are still be available on April 28 and 29, she said.


Phung Thi Ly Ha, deputy head of the Hanoi Railway Station, said more trains will be operated to Vinh in Nghe An province, Dong Hoi in Quang Binh province, Lao Cai province, and Da Nang but tickets have all been sold out.


The station has been able to meet only 30 percent of the demand, she admitted.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND