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Citibank Vietnam launches travel credit card

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

Citibank N.A. Vietnam Friday announced the launch of the Citibank PremierMiles Credit Card targeted at elite and affluent consumers in the country, where the American bank has been present since 1993.

“We think the card market here is just beginning. We see real opportunities to come in,” Brett Krause, managing director, Citi country officer for Vietnam, said at a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.

(L-R) Hoang Thanh Ha, public affairs officer, Citibank Vietnam, Brett Krause, Citi country officer, and Surath Chatterjee, regional head for credit cards and personal loans, Citibank Asia Pacific, introduce the Citibank PremierMiles Credit Card in Ho Chi Minh City Dec 10, 2010 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The Citibank PremierMiles Credit Card leverages Citibank’s partnerships with major airlines in the region to offer best in class features and benefits to customers in Vietnam, he added.

Customers earn 1 Premier Mile for every VND20,000 (US$1) of spend and cash advances on the card, 1000 Bonus PremierMiles upon renewal and 5000 Bonus PremierMiles for spend over VND500 million (US$25,000) in one year.

Premier Miles can be redeemed for free flight awards on most airlines flying out of Vietnam, including Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways (and Asia Miles partner airlines), Thai Airways and Delta Airlines to destinations around the world.

The Premier Miles that customers earn never expire, said Mr. Krause.

“The Citibank PremierMiles Card introduces a new and unique concept in credit cards to the Vietnamese market.

“It is the most prestigious and rewarding card ever introduced to
Vietnam, and at the same time it offers comprehensive protection backed by best-in-class technology and service.

“The Citibank PremierMiles Card is a reiteration of our commitment to bring world-class products and services to Vietnam.”

Citibank and MasterCard have collaborated to launch the card, Mr. Antonio Corró, country head and chief representative for Indochina, MasterCard, told the press meeting.

“MasterCard’s latest travel survey revealed that one in four consumers across Asia/Pacific is looking to travel. Catering to the needs of avid Vietnamese travelers, MasterCard is pleased to work with Citibank to launch the card.”

Vietnam is the 8th market in Asia where Citibank has launched the card, said Mr. Surath Chatterjee, regional head – credit cards and personal loans, Citibank Asia Pacific.

“We are very confident of good results here,” he said.

“We will continue to leverage our global and regional resources to bring class-leading products and services to our local customers in Vietnam.

“Vietnam is a priority market for us and we will invest in products and strive to pioneer many such innovations in Vietnam in the future.”

He added that no cash collateral was required to apply for this card. Further, while a bank account with Citibank is recommended, it is not required, giving the customers the ability to choose to pay for the card from their existing bank account.

Citibank says the card includes such benefits as an EMV chip for additional security for your transactions, complimentary membership to Priority Pass (worth US$99) which gives customers access to 600 VIP airport lounges around the world, travel insurance benefits, discounts and privileges at over 6,000 merchants across Asia with Citibank World Privileges.

The travel insurance benefits including personal air travel accident insurance coverage of VND20 billion, luggage loss cover of up to VND20 million, delayed luggage cover of up to VND10 Million and flight delayed cover of up to VND10 million.

Source: SGGP

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

Bayer Vietnam launches “Bayer Millionaire” contest

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

Bayer Vietnam on November 23 started the “Bayer Millionaire” contest for excellent farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces.

The contest will run from November 26 to April 15, 2011 with participation of 10,000 farmers from nine cities and provinces of Mekong Delta.

The champion will receive VND300 million (US$15,000).

Bayer Vietnam is a subsidiary of Germany-based Bayer AG. Bayer entered the Vietnam market in 1994 with two main product ranges for livestock and aquaculture.

Source: SGGP

GM launches record share sale

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

Apple launches online store in China

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

BEIJING, Oct 27, 2010 (AFP) – Apple on Wednesday launched online sales in China and made its App Store available in simplified Chinese, as the US technology giant expands aggressively in the world’s largest mobile market.

The firm opened two new retail shops in mainland China last month as it launched the iPhone 4. It now has two shops in Beijing and two more in Shanghai, with a total of 25 outlets expected by the end of next year.

The company’s coveted products, from the iPod to the iPad tablet computer, are also available from a number of authorised resellers in major cities — and widely in China’s unofficial “grey” market.

Analysts said the introduction of new, easier ways for customers to access products showed that the China market has become increasingly important to the California-based company.

“We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China,” Apple’s chief operating officer Tim Cook said in a statement.

“With personalised engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.”

The launch of the App Store in simplified Chinese comes after Chinese users had complained that it was difficult to access content due to a lack of display in the local language.

Many users previously turned to websites that allow users to install pirated Chinese-language Apple-compatible software applications for free.

The Chinese-language App Store will offer customers access to more than 300,000 applications as well as “localised featured apps and charts of the most popular paid and free apps in China”, the company said.

Analysts said the move signalled Apple’s seriousness about penetrating the world’s largest Internet and cell phone market.

“The growth pace of China’s smartphone market, Chinese users’ passion for Apple products and the great potential of the country’s smartphone and mobile Internet devices market” had all boosted the firm’s confidence, Wang Liusheng, an analyst with research firm Analysys International, told AFP.

The Chinese-language App Store will convince more customers to use authorised software and in turn support Apple’s potential expansion in online advertising — a major growth spot, said Zhang Yanan with consultancy Zero2IPO.

“I think Apple has a long-term ambition for (online) advertising… and user base will be key,” Zhang said.

She cautioned however that although the two new moves would certainly help sales, it would take time for the company to see significant results.

“It will alleviate the problem” of Apple’s limited distribution network in China, which was reflected by the long queues and sporadic scuffles at the in-country debuts last month of the iPad and the iPhone 4, Zhang said.

“But it takes time for the business-to-consumer websites like the Apple online store to become influential” among potential customers, she said.

The iPhone 4 made its debut in China on September 25, only a week after Apple officially launched the iPad in the country, with some customers queuing for several days to get their hands on the computer.

China has at least 420 million web users and is also the world’s largest mobile market with more than 833 million subscribers at the end of September, according to official data.

Source: SGGP

Air Mekong launches flights to Phu Quoc Island

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Air Mekong launched flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province on October 8.

Air Mekong aircraft

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam presented an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the new carrier on the same day.

From now to March 26, 2011, Air Mekong is scheduled to provide passenger and cargo services on routes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Buon Me Thuot and Pleiku, as well as from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat.

This is the third private air carrier granted a license in the country.

On the occasion of the launch of the new service, Air Mekong runs a promotion program to discount at least 1,000 tickets for customers.

Source: SGGP

Police launches electronic portal

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Police launches electronic portal

QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Ministry of Public Security, on August 16th, launched its electronic portal via a video conference ceremony chaired by Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Khanh Toan, Standing Deputy Minister of Public Security.

The portal, available at the address, plays the role as an information agency of the Ministry of Public Security.

With this website, the Ministry expected to publish timely official information on guidelines and policies of the Party and State and laws relating to security and social order protection.

Information on the website also reflects activities of the people’s police as well as good examples of people in the movement to protect the national security.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

China launches global search for six panda keepers

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

A Chinese panda centre said Tuesday it had launched a global search for six people who would spend a month looking after the endangered animals, as part of an awareness and conservation campaign.

“Project Panda,” launched by the Chengdu Panda Base in the southwestern province of Sichuan and the WWF, aims to give six winners of a global contest a chance to study pandas’ behaviours and provide hands-on assistance.

The keepers will be able to witness the birth of baby pandas and their development, the base said in an email to AFP.

“We hope that through this project more and more people will join our mission to protect pandas and will realise the importance of preserving wild habitats,” said Zhang Zhihe, head of the Chengdu Panda Base.

A giant panda rests at a panda reserve in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province. Pandas are viewed as a national treasure in China

The winners will also trek into the mountains around Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, to study wild pandas in their natural habitat, and will report on their daily work by blogging to people around the world, the base said.

Over the next six weeks, animal lovers from around the world will be able to log onto a website,, to apply for the position. A panel of experts will select 12 finalists, which they will then whittle down to six.

There are just 1,600 pandas left in the wild and nearly 300 others are in captive-bred programmes worldwide, mainly in China, according to official reports.

After having successfully managed to make the animals mate in captivity, researchers are now looking at ways to send captive-bred pandas into the wild to boost the number of animals roaming free.

Four pregnant pandas bred in captivity were released into an area of Sichuan forest last month to prepare their future cubs for life in the wild, state media reported.

But this task is a difficult one, and so far, the only attempt at releasing a captive-bred panda into nature has ended tragically.

Xiang Xiang, a male cub who was trained to adapt to the wild and released in 2006, was found dead 10 months later, apparently killed by wild pandas native to the area.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines launches online check-in service

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Vietnam Airlines launches online check-in service

QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on August 16 officially launched a web check-in service for its outbound flights. 

Accordingly, passengers who take departure from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as from Vientiane of Laos, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap of Cambodia, Seoul and Pusan of the Republic of Korea, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia to Vietnam can check-in online with any computer connected internet and accessed to Vietnam Airlines website.

They can select their flights and seats and print boarding passes by themselves to complete check-in.

The service will be available from 20 to fours hours before flight departure time. Passengers have to be present at the check-in counter at least 45 minutes before the departure time to confirm their tickets.

Earlier, the flag carrier launched a similar web check-in service for domestic flights traveling from Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

The services have greatly benefited customers, contributing to reducing the pressure of the overload at peak time.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam launches community health web portal

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Vietnam launches community health web portal

QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:32 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and the Ministry of Health on August 11 launched a portal on community health at

The website aims to popularise knowledge on healthcare, kinds of diseases, medicines, epidemic situation, preventive measures and food hygiene and safety, helping the people raise awareness of disease prevention and treatment.

So far, the site has collected over 14,000 articles, more than 3,000 video files which are classified in subjects and the most popular diseases column.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND