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Heli-tourism service to take off soon

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

Tourism by helicopter will be launched in the central city of Da Nang in the next few days, according to the Da Nang People’s Committee.

               My Khe beach in Da Nang City (Photo: KK)

The new service will offer visitors breathtaking panoramic views of famous tourist areas including, Ngu Hanh Son Mountain, My Khe beach, the wild forest on Son Tra island and Ba Na hill.

Vietnam Tourism Joint Stock Company – Vitours will operate the tours using the 24-seater MI 17 and MI 172 helicopters and the 12-seater EC 155 B1 helicopter. The Northern Aviation Service Company provides these helicopters.

The first helicopter flight carrying 20 passengers will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang at the end of December.

The addition of a helicopter service is expected to boost tourism in the central region.

Source: SGGP

Mining, civil service, consumer laws issued

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

Mining, civil service, consumer laws issued

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Three new laws were made public on Dec. 14, including the Law on Consumer Rights Protection, the amended Law on Minerals, and the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants which were passed by the National Assembly during its 8th session.

In a meeting held on Dec 14 by the President’s Office, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Danh Vinh said that the number of violations of consumer rights and the extent of the violations were on the increase, seriously affecting the rights of consumers.

The Law on Consumer Rights Protection regulated that disputes between consumers and individuals and organisational businesses will be settled by negotiation, conciliation, arbitration and courts.

Consumer protection organisations have the right to sue businesses for harming the public interest and the State will provide funding for organisations to implement the tasks outlined in the law.

Introducing the amended Law on Minerals, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Chu Pham Ngoc Hien said the law’s new points are regulations related to licensing mineral exploitation through auctioning exploitation rights, State management of minerals, and devolution of licensing powers to local authorities.

Auctioning mineral exploration rights will help abolish the current “give and take” mechanism in licensing and allow qualified organisations which have enough capacity and experience in the sector to be chosen, he said.

The Law also lays out regulations on the overall direction of the mineral sector as well as rules on mineral planning and exploration to avoid overlapping responsibilities between different State agencies, Hien said.

The breakthrough amendment of the revised law is the change in State’s mineral management mechanism which was based on financial regulations and in line with the rules of the market economy, he said.

Under the law, the State will collect a fee from individuals and organisations that are licensed to explore minerals.

The Law on Minerals and Law on Consumer Right Protection will come into effect on July 1, 2011.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Duy Thang said the Law on Public Officials and Civil Servants will come into force on January 1, 2012.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Jetstar says will service more flights for Lunar New Year

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

Vietnam’s low cost airline Jetstar Pacific has said it would increase domestic flights to meet soaring travel demand during the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 3.

Jetstar Pacific said it would add one daily service to the HCM City – Hanoi schedule, four flights for HCM City – Da Nang and two flights for Da Nang – Hanoi.

The routes from HCM City to Hue, Vinh and Hai Phong will also be increased to two flights per day.

Jetstar is running a cheap ticket program with ticket price from VND300,000 (US$15) per ticket, which runs until November 1.

The program aims to stimulate travel demand during Tet holiday, said a representative of Jetstar.

The cheap tickets are applied for flights from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Da Nang and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City, which depart from January 26 – February 3, 2011.

The cheap tickets are also applied for flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang and Hanoi, which depart from February 14 – 19, 2011.

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 Airlines resumes HCM City-Nagoya service

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

Vietnam Airlines re-launched its direct flights between Hochiminh City and Japan’s Nagoya Friday, after a halt of more than two years and a half due to global economic downturn. 

Vietnam Airlines aircraft at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Truong Van)

The national flag carrier operates two weekly flights on Mondays and Friday, using Airbus 321.

With this re-launching, the corporation expands its Japan network to eight routes connecting Vietnam’s Hanoi and Hochiminh City with four major cities in Japan namely Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka, with 45 flights weekly in all.

Vietnam Airlines first started the HCM City-Nagoya service in July 2005 and stopped it in December 2007 because of lower-than-expected performance.

Source: SGGP

Unitel provides free Internet service to Lao schools

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Unitel provides free Internet service to Lao schools

QĐND – Thursday, July 15, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

Unitel Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding with the Laos Ministry of Education in Vientiane on July 14 to provide free internet service to 1,295 Lao schools in five years as from July 2010.  

By accessing the Internet, Lao students will gain useful knowledge, increase their awareness, connect to the world, and enhance the quality of their education.

Unitel Vietnam, a joint venture between the Unitel Vietnam Group and a Lao telecommunications company, has become the leading telecommunications supplier in Laos with about 1,200 broadcast stations, 11,000km of cable, and over 1 million subscribers.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Youth volunteers awarded Gold Star for national service

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

State President Nguyen Minh Triet pinned the Order of the Gold Star to the flag of the youth volunteers on July 14 in a meeting to mark the force’s 60th anniversary.

President Nguyen Minh Triet presents the Gold Star Order during the VN Voluntary Youth Force’s meeting. (Photo:VNA)

Triet said that the award was in recognition of the great contribution to national construction and defense that the youth volunteers have made.

“The founding and history of the Vietnam youth volunteers’ forces are associated with milestone events in the nation’s glorious history, such as the wars of resistance, the victory at Dien Bien Phu, the struggles for national salvation and reunification and the movement for building new settlements,” said the State leader.

He reiterated that the Party and State have paid a lot attention to updating policies and regulations on social welfare in favor of the youth volunteers to improve their living conditions.

Triet hailed the Ex-Youth Volunteers’ Association as a bridge that has spanned different generations of veterans to help each other in life and work together with reducing poverty.

He urged the association to uphold the force’s tradition from generation to generation in an effort to safeguard the country and contribute to building a prosperous and powerful Vietnam.

Also present at the celebrations was the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Duc Kien, who awarded the youth volunteers’ force in the battle of Dien Bien Phu and the youth volunteer force codenamed K-53 with the title People’s Armed Forces Hero.

The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union took the opportunity to confer certificates of merits on 60 individuals including ex-youth volunteers, who fulfilled their missions during the wars and volunteers during the new era of development for their great achievements in the movement to “Study and work following Ho Chi Minh’s Moral Example”.

The meeting on the morning of July 14 was also attended by the former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Le Kha Phieu, CPV Politburo member and Hanoi Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi as well as 1,000 youth volunteers and veterans.

On July 15, 60 years ago, the first youth volunteers’ force was founded to provide logistical services for the war under the decision of the then President Ho Chi Minh.

Source: SGGP

Toyota Motors Vietnam launches used-car service

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

Toyota Motors Vietnam launches used-car service

QĐND – Friday, July 09, 2010, 1:56 (GMT+7)

Toyota Motors Vietnam has launched its first service facility for used cars in Vietnam.

The used car centre at Toyota East Sai Gon Joint Stock Co, a dealer for ToyotaVietnam in HCMCity, trades used cars and provides delivery, maintenance and cosmetic services.

The centre has a total investment capital of 16 billion VND (842,000 USD), covering an area of 1,000sq.m.

Before the used cars are traded, they will be checked and evaluated by Toyota engineers.

Source: VNA/ Photo: otosaigon

Source: QDND

Qatar Airways expansion: flights to Hanoi, daily service for HCMC

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Qatar Airways has announced a massive expansion plan for its operations in Vietnam, saying it will add Hanoi to its network and make the Ho Chi Minh City route a daily service.

A Qatar Airways statement, seen in HCM City Wednesday, said from November 1 this year, Hanoi will become the airline’s second network point in the country, with four weekly flights to Doha operating via Bangkok.

The flights will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The carrier’s HCM City route will on the same day become a daily service with three extra flights a week heading to Doha, also via Bangkok, adding to the four non-stop direct flights in operation since March 2007.

This file photo shows a Qatar Airways flight attendant stand at the Qatar Airways pavilion in an international travel expo in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Therefore, the new daily service means four direct flights and three via Bangkok.

The expansion will boost Qatar Airways’ services to 11 flights a week from Vietnam to Doha and further open up the airline’s global network to traveling Vietnamese, with the airline offering onward connections from Doha to destinations throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.

The new Vietnam flights are part of a global expansion program that will see Qatar Airways add six new routes over a four month period from October 2010.

The announcement said daily flights from Doha to Thailand’s Phuket will start on October 11. The new flights will operate via Kuala Lumpur. Qatar Airways will also launch flights to Bucharest, Nice, Brussels and Budapest, bringing the airline’s route network to over 95 destinations by January 2011. 

Qatar Airways senior vice president, Commercial East Asia and Southwest Pacific, Marwan Koleilat said that Vietnam was a key growth market for the airline.

“Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding in Vietnam with the country forging ahead and experiencing rapid economic development,” he said in the announcement.
“The new route to Hanoi and the boosting of our Ho Chi Minh City flights to daily services demonstrate the confidence that Qatar Airways has in Vietnam.”

“We have a serious commitment to the Vietnamese people not only to bring tourists to Vietnam, who will contribute to the economy, but to also provide the traveling public access a growing global network and world class airline services.”

Qatar Airways says by 2013, it plans to serve 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of 120 aircraft. At present the airline’s fleet stands at 84 aircraft, flying to 90 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America.

Source: SGGP

HSBC launches new insurance service for travelers

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:39 am

HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd., in partnership with Vietnamese insurer Baoviet Insurance, launched on March 22 an online insurance product providing customers with a range of plans to suit budgets and travel destinations.

“Travel Care is an excellent example of the benefits we can bring to our customers through our strong cooperation with our strategic partner Baoviet in Vietnam,” Tom Tobin, HSBC Vietnam’s Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement.

Vietnamese tourists visit a communal house in the Central Highlands. Travel Care, launched by HSBC Vietnam on Mar. 22, targets travelers. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

“The past five years have seen a remarkable 20 to 30% annual growth of tourism by Vietnamese locally and abroad. HSBC understands the needs of our customers and their increasing demand for convenient, affordable travel protection products. Our customers will now be able to purchase Travel Care through our website anytime, instantly.”

Key benefits include personal accident cover of up to US$300,000. For outbound packages, medical expenses can be covered up to US$150,000, including follow-up medical expenses incurred within one month of returning to Vietnam; comprehensive emergency medical evacuation expenses and emergency assistance services; cash benefits during hospitalization, delays in trips, loss or delay of baggage.

Baoviet Insurance is an arm of Baoviet Holdings, a leading financial and insurance services group in Vietnam.

Source: SGGP Bookmark & Share