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Khanh Hoa forbid street vendors to sell souvenirs to tourists

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:27 am

The central province of Khanh Hoa will ban all street vendors from business activities in historic and cultural sites, as well as ports and bus stations.

Street vendors insistently invite foreign tourists to buy items at Cau Da Port in the City Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa.The province will forbid street vendors to annoy tourists at historical and cultural sites (Photo: Tuoitre)

The provincial People’s Committee has just convened a meeting with relevant agencies. The meeting met to discuss how to resolve issues around street vendors who insistently invite foreign tourists to these historical and cultural sites and sell them souvenirs.


Le Xuan Than, deputy chairperson of People’s Committee, said at the meeting that street vendors have annoyed foreign tourist a great deal, enticing them into buying their souvenirs.


To deal with this issue, the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Department of Industry and Trade, along with other relevant agencies, are to enforce regulations with regard to the mobile selling of souvenirs at the above-mentioned places.


The city of Nha Trang have ordered volunteers to visit Cau Da port, market Dam and Long Son pagoda in the attempt to hinder street vendors from selling souvenirs to tourists.

Source: SGGP

Measures to attract more MICE tourists

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:31 am




Measures to attract more MICE tourists


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Administration of Tourism has held a program to survey and improve the quality of MICE (Meeting-Incentive-Conference-Event) tours in Danang City, Quang Nam Province and Ho Chi Minh City.


According to international travel agencies, MICE has brought about a profit of 6 times bigger than a normal tourism sample. Vietnam is considered a great potential of MICE tourism compared to other ASEAN countries.


* According to the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, Vietnam will take part in the 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum from January 15th to 21st, 2011 in Phnom Penh.


With the theme “ASEAN – A world of wonders and diversity”, the ATF 2011 will be an important tourism event to improve tourism cooperation between ASEAN countries.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

2,500 cruise ship tourists visit Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

The luxury cruise ship Costa Classica brings foreign visitors to Vietnam.(Photo: Vietnamplus)

Saigontourist Travel Service Co. received the luxury cruise ship Costa Classica bringing around 2,500 visitors and crew in Ha Long City, the northern province of Quang Ninh, on November 23.


The visitors, mostly from France, Spain, the UK and Germany, are in a six-day trans-Viet route to popular tourist spots in Ha Long, Hanoi, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City from November 23 to 28.


The cruise liner is scheduled to make another trip to Vietnam on January 22, 2011.

Source: SGGP

MICE tourists expected to soar

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Yang Bay attracts tourists in search of natural paradise

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




Yang Bay attracts tourists in search of natural paradise


QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Yang Bay in the central province of Khanh Hoa is famed for its pristine beauty, expansive forests, and glassy waterfalls – in fact the superlatives go on and on.


Duong Le Na, an overseas Vietnamese from the US and her friends recently decided to travel to the site. When they arrived at Yang Bay she was beside herself with joy.


“On the stone steps of the gentle slope we started our journey to Yang Bay waterfall. The fresh air the cool water, I’m in ecstasy,” she wrote in an e-mail to a friend. ‘


“The quite beatitude is broken by the roaring of the waterfall. The waterfall feeds into several small lakes below, of which the deepest is 16m. My friends and I immediately drived into the water to enjoy the coolness. We are all in agreement that this is the most beautiful place on earth,” Na wrote.


Yang Bay means “heaven’s waterfall” in the language of the Gia Rai people, one of the 53 ethnic groups in Vietnam .


The river begins at a spring some 2km higher up in the mountains. It plunges down several waterfalls into a one-metre deep crystal clear pool.


The two other major waterfalls in the area are Yang Khang and Hocho. After a refreshing dip, visitors can relax in a natural hot spring.


Yang Bay waterfall is also famed for the “lithophone” that has been erected – iron wires fastened to the cliff that play as the water passes over it.


Gia Rai residents are proud of their musical ability and are only too happy to entertain visitors. They play traditional instruments such as the chapi, t’rung, tacung flute, taleploi clarinet and the dan da (stone instrument).


Situated in Khanh Vinh District’s Khanh Phu Commune, Yang Bay waterfall forms part of the 57ha Yang Bay Tourism Park .


Locals put on a variety of activities to entertain tourists, such as pig racing and crossbow shooting. There is also a 4,500sq. m bear farm. Visitors can also feed crocodiles.


Na’s friend Ken Jones was particularly taken by the crocodile farm. “Feeding the crocodiles was fun but terrifying,” he said.


Na meanwhile fell in love with the orchid gardens.


“I have lived far from my homeland for more than 30 years. I can’t believe how beautiful and pristine this place is,” she said.


After the orchid gardens Na and her friends listened to locals playing the dan da and t’rung, which consists of five to seven pieces of bamboo of varying length that are tied together with two parallel cords. It can be rolled up. When played it is hung from a metal frame. The musician strikes the bamboo with two to four rods. The sound of the t’rung is reminiscent of running water.


“At the end of the evening, we relaxed by a campfire and sampled local culinary delicacies such as grilled crocodile and steamed bamboo filled with minced pork. Ostrich is another popular local dish,” said Na.


To get to Yang Bay from Nha Trang City you must pass through Dien Khanh town and several villages.


Yang Bay reserve occupies 570ha and is famed for its virgin forest. It is known as Gia Rai in the local language.


Entrance tickets cost 30,000 VND for adults and 15,000 VND for children. English speaking tour guides cost 100,000 VND per hour, while Vietnamese language guided cost 50,000 VND per hour, said tourism official Hoang Van Khanh, who works for Khotoco Co.


The 800m tree-lined path to the centre is a festooned with flowers and creepers. The foot weary can catch an electric bus for 10,000 VND.


For those wanting to take a dip in Yang Khang Waterfall, swimming costumes can be hired for 60,000 VND to 70,000 VND. Floats cost 5,000 VND.


Just under a kilometre away is the Hocho Waterfall.


Yang Bay welcomes thousands of visitors each year.


“We plan to invest billions of dong in Yang Bay . We want to build a mud bath and a high-end resort,” Khanh said with a smile surveying the beautiful countryside. “Then more people will be able to enjoy the nature and the loveliness of the reserve.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

Visa fee exempted for tourists visiting Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am




Visa fee exempted for tourists visiting Vietnam


QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

PANO – International visitors arriving in Vietnam from October 10th to December 31st will be exempted from visa fee, announced Vietnam General Department for Tourism.


The exemption is under a tourism stimulation package namely Vietnam – Your Destination.


Thank to this new policy, citizens from all countries and territories, who enter Vietnam by joining international tours of companies involving in the Vietnam – Your Destination programme, will be eligible to be freed from visa fee.


The information relating to tourism companies in the programme can be found at www.impressivevietnam.vn.


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm




Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

Hotels in Khanh Hoa Province, home of the world-renowned Nha Trang Bay, are offering discounts of up to 50 percent to attract tourists.


The province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has said the discounts are aimed at enabling the tourism sector to achieve its target of attracting 1.76 million visitors and earning VND1.75 trillion (US$92.2 million) this year.


The five-star Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa in Nha Trang is offering discounts of 10 to 50 percent between May 1 and December 31.


The Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa also has a promotion offering free stays for guests staying three days and longer between May 1 and September 30.


Other three- to five-star hotels like the Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, Liberty Hotel, Hai Yen Hotel, and Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa Nha Trang are offering discounts of 10 to 30 percent.


Khanh Hoa has more than 400 hotels, resorts, and guest houses, almost all of them in Nha Trang, which is home to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.


It has 20 hotels rated three-star and above with a total of 2,450 rooms.


The city has attracted around 500,000 visitors this year, with the tourism industry earning VND500 billion (US$26.5 million).

Source: tuoitrenews.vn

Source: QDND

Central region expects to attract more Japanese tourists

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm




Central region expects to attract more Japanese tourists


QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Vietnam-Japan cultural exchange days to take place in Hoi An ancient city, the central province of Quang Nam, are expected to attract more foreign tourists, particularly those from Japan, to destinations in the central region.


During the event, the eighth of its kind in Hoi An, a series of programmes imbued with the Vietnamese and Japanese cultures will be presented such as performances of folk dancing, traditional music, dragon dance, traditional costumes, tea drinking ceremony and calligraphy as well as a festival with flower garlands and coloured lanterns on river.


Besides, the Iwamikagura royal singing and dancing troupe and the Daisuwataiko drum group from Japan will join the event for the first time.


Starting from 2003, the annual event is to tighten friendship between Vietnam and Japan and offers an opportunity to promote Hoi An, a world heritage site, to international friends, said Vo Phung, Director of the Hoi An Culture and Sport Centre.


Established in the 16th century, Hoi An ancient city used to be an international commerce hub on the East-West trade route. It was Vietnam’s most prosperous trading port under the Nguyen dynasty as ships from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands docked in Hoi An for goods trading.


A number of existing archaeological sites and architectural projects proved that Hoi An was a site for convergence and interface between the Cham, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cultures.


Moreover, Japan and central Vietnam in general and Hoi An in particular treasured a time-honoured traditional relationship, prompting the Japanese to visit the land where their ancestors used to travel to, Toshikazu Suzuki, Director of the Japan human resource training and consultancy institute in Vietnam, said at a workshop themed “Central Vietnam – A destination for Japanese tourists, potential and solution” held in Quang Nam province last May.


However, poor services, which fail to meet Japanese visitors’ demand, are blamed for the low number of Japanese tourists, who account for about only four percent of the total one million foreign arrivals to the central region.


Also at the workshop, the three central localities of Quang Nam , Thua Thien-Hue and Da Nang mapped out a plan, aiming at attracting 1 million Japanese tourists to the region each year. The localities will accelerate tourism promotion in Japan , open their tourism offices in Japan and organise Japanese language courses for their small traders and tourist guides.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

HCMC welcomes more than 1.6 million tourists

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm




HCMC welcomes more than 1.6 million tourists


QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – In the first seven months of this year, Ho Chi Minh City received 1.7 million tourists, including 188,000 foreigners, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year, accounting for 60% of this year’s target, according to the HCMC’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department.


HCMC attracted foreign tourists, mainly from the US – the city’s key tourist market, as well as Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, France, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada.


In all, 2.91 million foreign tourists, mainly for holiday and tourism, visited Vietnam in the first seven months.


In particular, the number of Chinese tourists increased by 95.6%, followed by Thais and South Koreans.


Most of the foreign tourists to Vietnam chose eco-tourism or tours to explore Vietnamese culture.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Foreign tourists to Hanoi sees sharp increase

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm




Foreign tourists to Hanoi sees sharp increase


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

PANO – According to latest statistics from the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the city has received 551,600 international tourists from the beginning of this year up to now, a year-on-year increase of 12%.


Germany was the leading nation in the number of visitors to Hanoi with 104,900, a four-fold increase in comparison with the same period last year, followed by China with nearly 76,600, up 32%, France with 59,100, up 32% and Japan with 50,900, up 20%.


One of the reasons that led to the increase of foreign visitors to Hanoi was the launching of various tourism activities to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi such as the movements titled “Hanoians welcome friends” and “the Green Tourism Year”.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND