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Tour prices to jump ahead of lunar new year

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am




Tour prices to jump ahead of lunar new year


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

 The price of Tet or Lunar New Year tours are set to jump by up to 10 percent, forecast tour operators.

The operators attribute the prospective increases to growing demand and likely higher transport and accommodation costs.

The length of the break – seven days – and the arrival of overseas Vietnamese and international visitors are the major reasons for higher price, explained Vietravel Communication Department director Nguyen Minh Man.

“Customers for the 2011 Lunar New Year – from February 1 – will increase by 30 percent,” Man said.

“High demand will see accommodation and transport costs soar, so tour prices will jump by 7-10 percent”, he added.

A representative of the Lua Viet Tours Company agreed that tour prices will increase by Tet holiday because of higher air travel costs.

The company says the prices for air tickets out of Vietnam have increased between 50 USD and 150 USD.

Despite higher costs, tour operators are trying to keep prices down.

“More expensive air tickets are beyond our control. However, we’ve still managed to keep our tour prices low to avoid sudden changes in price,” said Man.

Outbound tours to Hong Kong (China), mainland China, the Republic of Korea and Japan remain favourite destinations.

Tours to neighbouring countries remain popular due to their price of just 10 million VND (476 USD). Moreover, these tours have not been affected by the dong’s devaluation, said Director of Lua Viet Travel Company Nguyen Van My.

The Vietnam Railway Corporation is set to increase its prices by 20-25 percent on peak days over the Lunar New Year Festival.

Source: VNA/ Photo: Vneconomy


Source: QDND

Obama kicks off Asia tour with Mumbai attacks tribute

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

2,500 cruise visitors tour Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm




2,500 cruise visitors tour Vietnam


QĐND – Saturday, October 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company (Saigontourist) welcomed 2,500 cruise visitors, mainly from European countries, on the Costa Romantica cruise that docked in Ha Long Bay on October 29th.


During the 6-day tour, the tourists will visit popular tourist sites in Vietnam, such as Ha Long Bay, Yen Tu Mountain and Bai Chay beach in the northern province of Quang Ninh; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and old quarters in Hanoi; Thanh Ha pottery village, My Son Sanctuary in Danang city; the Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang Tomb and Hue Royal Palace in Thua Thien Hue provinces, to name a few.


On November 2nd, Saigontourist will receive another 2,500 cruise visitors on the Costa Classica to tour Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – My Tho – Danang – Hoi An and Thua Thien Hue.


From the beginning of this year, the company has welcomed more than 45,000 foreign tourists, mainly from European countries traveling on cruise ships.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Visitors tour Hanoi by electric buses

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm




Visitors tour Hanoi by electric buses


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

During 10 days of Hanoi’s 1,000th Anniversary, the number of tourists sightseeing in the city by electric buses increased from 30% to 40% in comparison to normal days, said a businessman.


Mr. Do Xuan Thuy, Director of Dong Xuan Company, which provides the electric bus service, said that among the passengers who used the company’s service, 30% were international visitors.


He also added that, in fact, the demand was much higher but due to his company’s limitation in the number of buses, it could only serve 1,000 passengers per day.


To meet the increasing demand for the electric buses, Mr. Thuy’s company plans to import an additional eight electric buses, raising the number of electric buses of the company to 20.


The newly-imported electric buses will be put in operation by the end of this month.


Source: Hanoi Moi


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Da Nang holds tour of prison to help disobedient youths live better

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Da Nang City Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Da Nang War Veterans’ Association and Da Nang Police cooperated with each other to give nearly 300 disobedient youths, who have acts of stealing and disturbing the public order, and have been educated and kept under house arrest of the local authorities, a tour to prison on September 7. The city’s government hopes this treatment and educational method will help them to live better.

Da Nang’s disobedient youths visit Tan Hoa School No.3  (Photo: Sggp)

The delegation visited Hoa Son Detention Center and Tan Hoa School No.3 which is teaching and educating young people with bad behaviors of provinces and cities in the central region.

They visited detention rooms, accommodations, studying and working places of guilty persons. Varied changes and tones of feelings can be seen on their faces.

“The visit helped me to realize the value of life” said Nguyen Viet Hung, 17, who left school when he was in the 8th grade and addicted to online games. He has been placed under house arrest of the local authorities because of breaking the law.

“I addicted to online games after leaving school and then became a crime. I lost my future. I hope you will not lose your life and torment your friends, teachers and family” Truong Ba Lien, student of Tan Hoa School No.3, advised.

“The city’s government is always interested in you. I believe that you can choose the best things for your future, and will give up the bad and become a good citizen after this special visit” Danang Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Ba Thanh said at a talk with young people on the same day.

Source: SGGP

Fifteen tour guides battle it out for top award

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




Fifteen tour guides battle it out for top award


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

Fifteen tour guides have gathered to compete in the final round of the second National Tour Guide Competition held in Hanoi on August 15.


The 15 shortlist contestants were selected from 50 candidates from 14 cities and provinces nationwide. They have performed in a range of categories, including video tape dubbing, questions and answer session, and foreign-language speaking contest.


Tour guide Huynh Cong Hieu from the Saigontourist won first prize, worth 5 million VND and a tour package for two people to the Republic of Korea . He also won the best dubbing award thanks to his presentation on Hoi An Town.


Runners-up Nguyen Hong Nguyen from Hanoitourist and Nguyen Quynh from the Saigontourist won 4 million VND cash prizes and a trip for two people to Malaysia and Singapore.


Vice general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Manh Cuong said the competition aimed to honour tour guides and reward those who excelled at their job, helping contribute towards improving the Vietnamese tourism industry.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Fifteen tour guides battle it out for top award

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Fifteen tour guides have gathered to compete in the final round of the second National Tour Guide Competition held in Hanoi on August 15.

Excellent competitors at the award giving ceremonyThe 15 shortlist contestants were selected from 50 candidates from 14 cities and provinces nationwide. They have performed in a range of categories, including video tape dubbing, questions and answer session, and foreign-language speaking contest.

Tour guide Huynh Cong Hieu from the Saigontourist won first prize, worth 5 million VND and a tour package for two people to the Republic of Korea . He also won the best dubbing award thanks to his presentation on Hoi An Town.

Runners-up Nguyen Hong Nguyen from Hanoitourist and Nguyen Quynh from the Saigontourist won VND4 million cash prizes and a trip for two people to Malaysia and Singapore .

Vice general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Manh Cuong said the competition aimed to honor tour guides and reward those who excelled at their job, helping contribute towards improving the Vietnamese tourism industry.

Source: SGGP

Tour guides show off their skills

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




Tour guides show off their skills


QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

Fifteen outstanding tour guides from travel agents across the country attended the final round of a contest held in Hanoi on August 15 by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to honour the profession and set standards for tourism.


The participants, selected from more than 50 candidates from 14 key tourist cities and provinces, competed in many different fields of activity.


Saigontourist travel agency continued to assert its leading position among Vietnam’s travel companies with its candidates securing the highest awards at the contest.


First prize went to the company’s Huynh Cong Hieu, who also won the title for giving the most interesting narration in a video clip on Hoi An ancient town. Hieu received VND5 million in cash and a tourist package to the Republic of Korea for two people.


Another candidate from Saigontourist, Nguyen Quynh, came in second and also secured the talent event. Another second prize was presented to Nguyen Hong Nguyen from Hanoitourist.


This is the second time such a contest has been held by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism; the first one was held in 2000.


The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism prepared a bank of 150 thorny questions for the contest, one third of which were situational. The candidates need to be experienced and have a broad knowledge of cultural, social and economic affairs.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Cholera confirmed as UN chief to tour Pakistan floods

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Saturday 20 million people had been affected by the worst floods in the country’s history as the UN confirmed the first cholera case.


Independence day celebrations were cancelled as floods continued to bring misery to millions and aid agencies warned of a “second wave” of deaths from disease.


“The floods affected some 20 million people, destroyed standing crops and food storages worth billions of dollars, causing colossal loss to national economy,” Gilani said in a televised address. “I would appeal to the world community to extend a helping hand to fight this calamity.”

Pakistani flood survivors lead their cattle through water as they evacuate Khangarh

The United Nations has appealed for 460 million dollars to deal with the immediate aftermath of the floods, but charities say the figure falls far short of what is needed.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was due to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday to discuss the relief effort and visit flood-hit areas.


“Outbreak of epidemics in the flood-hit areas is a serious threat, which can further compound the already grave situation,” Gilani added, as the UN confirmed the country’s first cholera case in Mingora, in the northwestern district of Swat.


Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, said at least 36,000 people were reportedly suffering from acute watery diarrhoea.


“We’re not suggesting that everyone who has acute watery diarrhoea has cholera, but cholera is certainly a concern and that’s why we’re stepping up our efforts,” he said.


Pakistan’s chief meteorological official, Arif Mehmood, said no new wave of flooding was expected in the next couple of days.


But charities said relief for those affected by the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history was lagging far behind what was needed.


“There are millions of people needing food, clean water and medical care and they need it right now,” said Jacques de Maio, head of operations for South Asia at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


“Clearly at this point in time the overall relief effort cannot keep pace with the overall scale of the emergency.”


Humanitarian agencies in Pakistan were monitoring the risk of “a second wave of deaths induced by the floods in the shape of water-borne diseases”, de Maio said.


Celebrations marking the anniversary Saturday of Pakistan’s independence from British colonial rule were scrapped by President Asif Ali Zardari, who has come under fire for pressing on with a trip to Europe last week despite the emergency.


In his independence day message, Zardari said: “The best way to celebrate this day is to reach out to the victims of the natural disaster, heal their wounds and help them to help themselves.”


“I salute the courage and heroism of flood victims and assure them that the government will do everything possible to alleviate their suffering.”


However with up to two million people requiring shelter and six million depending on humanitarian assistance, troops distributed national flags among the people in the flood-hit northwestern town of Nowshera.


“We lost our houses and everything in the floods. We urgently need food and medicines and not the flags,” Rasul Khan, 80, told AFP.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Zardari to express solidarity, even as US security operations continued in the northwestern tribal belt. A missile fired from a US drone on a rebel compound in North Waziristan killed 13 militants on Saturday, according to local security officials.

“The people and government of the United States are with the people of Pakistan in these difficult times,” an official government statement quoted Clinton as saying.

She also praised “the courage with which the people of Pakistan had braved the adversity”.

The United Nations believes 1,600 people have died in the disaster, while Islamabad has confirmed 1,343 deaths.

Ban on Sunday was expected to “see for himself the flood-affected areas (and) demonstrate the support of the UN and the international community to the government and people of Pakistan,” UN spokeswoman Ishrat Rizvi told AFP.

Meanwhile 90 percent of the 500,000 residents of Jacobabad left for safer ground after authorities warned that flood waters might deluge the southwestern city, provincial agriculture minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo told AFP.

Source: SGGP

Golf courses, resorts, tour operator form co-op in Danang

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

The Vietnam Golf Coast, a partnership of golf and beach resorts in the central coastal city of Danang, was set up August 12, expected to further bolster Vietnam’s image as a rising golf destination in the region.


The founding members are Montgomerie Links Vietnam, Danang Golf Club, The Nam Hai, Life Resort Danang, and Golfasian Vietnam.


Designed by sitting European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and opened in August 2009, Montgomerie Links Vietnam was recently ranked 7th on the list of top courses in all of Southeast Asia . 


Meanwhile, Danang Golf Club was crafted by legend Greg Norman and opened in May 2010.


The Nam Hai is a luxurious and all-villa resort located on the coastal road linking Danang with Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

                            A view of The Nam Hai

Opened in March 2010, the five-star hotel Life Resort Danang is set on five hectares fronting beautiful Bac My An Beach.


Golfasian Vietnam is a leading golf tour operator in Southeast Asia. It has been named the official tour operator of the Vietnam Golf Coast.


The tour operator has arranged more than 17,000 golf trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam since 2001. However, CEO Mark Siegel sees the emergence of Danang as something of a breakthrough.


“The golf offerings in Danang are new, but a variety of factors have conspired to peg Danang as the top golf destination in the country, and one of the best in all of Southeast Asia,” he said.


“For starters, I think Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links are the best two courses in the country. There are several excellent courses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but they’re all at least an hour from downtown hotels or the airports.


“The courses in Danang are just so convenient –15 minutes from the airport and literally right across the street from The Nam Hai and Life Resort Danang.


“And Danang itself is so convenient to all of Southeast Asia. When you consider all the non-golfing activities at play on the Central Coast, it’s easy to see why golfers are already flocking here.”
Jon Tomlinson, general director of Montgomerie Links, said, “We expect additional golf courses and hotels to join our cooperative in short order.”


“There are half a dozen more golf courses in various stages of construction and planning here in the Central Coast region. We don’t see them as competition. We see them as additional reasons why golfers should consider Danang for their next golf holiday,” he said.


The Vietnam Golf Coast has also launched its website at www.vietnamgolfcoast.com.


Danang is the center of the central region. Just south of it, 20 minutes from The Nam Hai and Life Resort Danang, sits the UNESCO World Heritage city of Hoi An, with its extraordinary history, dining and shopping. To the north lies Hue, the country’s last imperial capital.


Danang already accommodates international flights from Singapore and China’s Guangzhou, in addition to domestic connecting service from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Shanghai Airlines will soon commence a twice-a-week charter service from its hub Shanghai.

Source: SGGP