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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

Booking for outbound tours increases sharply

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

Booking for outbound tours increases sharply

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Preliminary statistics of major travel agencies showed that the number of people booking outbound tours to welcome New Year Festival saw a year-on-year increase of 20 percent.

The increase was attributed to a series of discount programmes abroad.

The tourists mainly booked tours to the Republic of Korea , Thailand , China’s Hong Kong and Macau , Malaysia and Singapore .

Saigontourist has been the first travel agency to offer overseas tours with more than 50 programmes in five continentals. The most special programme will be “Hello Turkey-New Year 2011” with 10 days of many activities of Turkish culture.

The tourism company also opened a tour to South Africa and a New Year tour to Australia , the country welcomes new year at the earliest time in the world. Customers of this tour will have an opportunity to see fireworks above Sydney quay.

Saigontourist marketing official Doan Thi Thanh Ha revealed that over 1,000 tourists have so far booked for abroad tours at the company.

The number of people registered for overseas tours through the Vietravel office in Hanoi and the Hanoi Redtours also climbed to about 700.

Meanwhile, the number of visitors booking for domestic tours by the end of the year was low. Saigontourist said that its number of visitors for domestic tours was equal to 30 percent of abroad tours.

According to the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, the tourism sector had to date fulfilled the goal of welcoming 4.2 million foreign arrivals in 2010 and the total number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam is expected to hit 5 million, an increase of 18 percent over 2009.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Promotion increases int’l arrivals to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Dragon fruit export increases

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Floods death toll increases to 28

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Vietnam Airlines increases flights between HCM City and Quy Nhon

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

The representative office of the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) in the coastal central province of Binh Dinh on October 21 announced that it would add one more flight by ATR aircraft a week for the route Ho Chi Minh City – Quy Nhon City – Ho Chi Minh City since the end of this month.

Thus, besides seven flights by 150-seat A320 aircrafts every morning, there will be four flights by 72-seat ATR aircrafts in every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoon.
This is the second time VNA increases flights for this route this year. Earlier, the carrier added three more flights by ATR aircrafts in April.

For the route Hanoi – Quy Nhon – Hanoi, the carrier still provides six flights per week by A320 aircrafts.

The number of passengers travelling on these two routes reached 117,964 in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 37 percent year-on-year. The efficiency for HCMC- Quy Nhon – HCMC and Hanoi – Quy Nhon – Hanoi route was at 87 percent and 60 percent respectively.

Source: SGGP

Qatar Airways increases flights to Asia

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Qatar Airways increases flights to Asia

QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:49 (GMT+7)

PANO – Qatar Airways detailed its commitment to expanding its presence and offering in the Asian Market at ITB Asia, the region’s largest travel trade show taking place in Singapore between October 20 and 22.

The airline is promoting new routes to Phuket and Hanoi and increased services to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, together with exciting stopover packages for international events in Doha to make a trip to Asia an even more attractive option for European travellers, the carrier announced the plan on October 21st.

Qatar’s new route to Thailand’s premier resort island of Phuket offers flights six times a week, increasing to daily flights in November via Kuala Lumpur and connecting to several of Qatar Airways’ key markets in Europe. Launched on October 12, this is Qatar’s second route to Thailand and the 8th new international destination it has launched this year. The Phuket services are part of an overall capacity increase to Thailand, which is witnessing a rapid post-recession recovery in tourism with arrivals expected to top 14 million in 2010. Qatar Airways boost its Doha – Bangkok frequencies from twice daily flights to triple daily effective from November 1.  Qatar Airways will exercise fifth freedom traffic rights allowing it to sell tickets between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur. 

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline’s route to Thailand’s largest island reinforced the airline’s commitment to target underserved Asian markets. On November 1, Qatar will commence four flights a week to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well as increased frequency to Ho Chi Minh City from three flights a week to daily.

“Visitor numbers to Asian destinations such as Phuket and Hanoi are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of our European connections from countries like Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and other parts of Europe to expand the market. With only a handful of airlines offering flights from Europe to these destinations, the opportunity is there for us to acquire market share,” said Al Baker.

In Asia-Pacific, Qatar Airways’ route network now extends to 17 destinations and makes up almost 20 per cent its global network.

Qatar Airways Stopover Packages

To sweeten the offer further, Qatar is taking advantage of the many international events in home-base Doha offering VIP stopover packages through Qatar Airways Holidays.

Qatar is launching the VIP deal with the World Tennis Association Championships- Doha 2010 and the 2nd Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival from October 26 to 31. More event-linked offers will be rolled out during 2011 providing travelers with VIP tickets and select hotels to create exclusive stopover package.  

Qatar Airways Awarded

Recognising its long-term partnership with Asia and growing services and products, Qatar was recently awarded two major industry accolades: Best Middle Eastern Airline By TTG Asia Magazine for the 5th consecutive year and Best Middle Eastern Airline Business Traveller Asia-Pacific for the 2nd year running. 

Both awards are in recognition of Qatar Airways’ strong commitment towards travel excellence as voted by readers of TTG Asia – a prestigious weekly travel trade magazine published across Asia – and the monthly Business Traveller Asia Pacific, which also has sister titles worldwide aimed at frequent fliers. 

Qatar Airways is the only Middle East carrier in an elite club of Five Star-ranked airlines recognising the best in service excellence by industry audit, Skytrax.

The airline’s Senior Vice President East Asia and South West Pacific, Marwan Koleilat, who picked up the awards on behalf of the airline, said: “Qatar Airways continues to set high benchmarks to remain competitive. Across Asia Pacific, we have made significant inroads with our flights and increased capacity that provide us with extensive reach in one of the world’s most important vibrant regions.”


“The awards are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ success in offering innovative products and services to our passengers,” he said adding, “We are proud that the exceptional standards we set have been recognised by our valuable customers, as well as the travel industry.”

Since February this year, Qatar Airways has launched flights from its Doha hub to Bangalore, Tokyo, Ankara, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Buenes Aires and Phuket.

Over the next five months Qatar Airways will introduce scheduled flights to Hanoi, Nice, , Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels and Struttgart. With a growing international network, Qatar Airways is able to offer passengers from across Asia with excellent connections to destinations around the world via Doha.

Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 89 aircraft to 93 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. The carrier has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.


Reported by Thu Nguyen


Source: QDND

US increases aid to flood-ravaged Pakistan

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

SUKKUR, Pakistan (AFP) – The United States has upped its aid to flood-ravaged Pakistan and announced a visit by a political heavyweight to show its commitment to a fractious ally where anti-US feeling runs high.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, attempting to fend off anger at his own response to the disaster, visited a hard-hit area for the first time on Thursday and handed out relief.

A Pakistani mother tries to calm her crying child in her tent at a school converted to a camp for flood survivors on the outskirts of Nowshera on August 12, 2010. AFP

He came under fire from victims and the opposition for failing to cut short a trip to Europe to deal personally with what is now the country’s worst humanitarian crisis.

US Senator John Kerry will visit Pakistan next week to raise public awareness and drum up donations, an official said as Washington increased its contribution to the relief effort by 21 million dollars.

“This will be a critical visit to help raise the profile among publics both in the US and internationally,” said Dan Feldman, the US deputy special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan is a top US priority due to concerns over Islamic extremism in the nuclear-armed nation, and as US-led forces battle to quell the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

But while US military helicopters and aid packages have been important to the relief effort, hardline Islamic charities have been still more visible on the ground in distributing desperately needed food, water and medicine.

Kerry, a former presidential candidate who chairs the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, will be the first senior US policymaker to visit since the disaster, which has affected up to 20 million people.

Zardari visited Sukkur in the densely populated southern province of Sindh Thursday and was briefed about the damage and relief effort in Sindh.

The president has defended his decision not to cut short his overseas tour, saying he used talks in London and Paris to drum up much-needed aid, and told flood victims that the government was doing all it could.

But his visit to Sindh was criticised by the main opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as too little, too late.

“He is president of Pakistan and he should behave like a president,” party spokesman Siddiqul Farooq said.

Pakistan says 15-20 million people face direct or indirect harm from the floods. The United Nations believes 1,600 people have died, while Islamabad has confirmed 1,343 deaths.

The UN has appealed for 460 million dollars in foreign aid and says billions will be needed in the long term, with survivors facing grim conditions in makeshift tent cities and diseases rife in the unbearable heat.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Pakistan, Martin Mogwanja, said pledges of 195 million dollars had already been made.

The United States, which has put Pakistan on the front line of its war on Al-Qaeda, has begun dispatching Marine helicopters from an amphibious assault ship to help in the aid operation.

With its latest aid pledge, the total US financial contribution to the flood relief effort comes to 76 million dollars.

After touring flood-hit areas with diplomats, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said late Thursday: “We immediately need tents for shelter, food for survivors, water purification plant and medicines for cholera, malaria and other water-borne diseases.”

In the south, a mass exodus of people was straining local economies and infrastructure, said Sindh government spokesman Jameel Soomro.

“We have a plan to shift flood victims to tent cities… More than 100,000 people have arrived in Sukkur from different flood-hit areas, which is more than five percent of the city’s population,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Tourism sector sees big increases

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

Vietnam welcomed around 410,000 foreign tourists in July, bringing the total number of foreign visitors to the nation in the first seven months of the country to more than 2.9 million, a year-on-year rise of almost 35 percent.

A volunteer (R) of the Tourist Information Center helps foreign visitors cross a street in the heart of HCM City. (Photo: KK)

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said the number of foreigners coming to Vietnam for work increased by 46 percent, followed by those for vacation, up by more than 44 percent.

The number of foreign tourists from China recorded an impressive growth of 95.4 percent; followed by Cambodia, up 93 percent, Thailand, up 32 percent and the Republic of Korea, up over 31 percent.

HCM City was the leading locality in attracting foreign tourists in the first seven months with over 1.6 million, a year-on-year rise of 13 percent.

The increase in foreign holiday makers to Vietnam was attributable to the world’s economic recovery that helped boost tourism demand, said experts.

Vietnam has organised tourism promotion programmes and cultural exchanges in China, Japan, Korea and Cambodia in addition to roadshows in Australia, Norway and West European countries, they added.

The nation has targeted 4.5-4.6 million foreign tourists this year, a year-on-year increase of more than 17 percent.

Travel agencies will continue with tourism promotion and sales discount programmes in August and September in a number of key tourism cities and provinces.

Hanoi plans to organise tours to a number of ancient Vietnamese capitals, museums and homestays to attract more tourists to the city on the celebrations of its 1,000th birthday.

Source: SGGP

CapitaLand increases investment in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

CapitaLand increases investment in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 17:25 (GMT+7)

“CapitaLand considers Vietnam as its fourth strategic market after China, Singapore and Australia and decides to invest an additional US$299 million to expand trade in Vietnam”, said Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO of the Singaporean Group in Vietnam on June 7th.

The same day, CapitaLand also announced its plan to boost cooperation and capacity building in Vietnam and signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the Academy of Management of Construction and Cities under the Ministry of Construction to hold meetings, forums and training courses.

The Group has also planned to support the construction of the first CapitaLand Hope School in Vietnam later this year through the CapitaLand Hope Foundation and finance Nang Yen Primary School in Phu Tho Province to build new classrooms.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND