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More travelers take summer tours

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

More travelers take summer tours

QĐND – Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:35 (GMT+7)

The number of tourists embarking on summer tours has increased by at least 15% in 2010 compared to the same period last year, according to travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to Mr Tran The Dung, Deputy Director of the The He Tre (Young Generation) Travel Company, the company sold summer tours in central and northern provinces to 4,052 customers with a discount of 30% to 35% in June. The number of tourists had increased three fold as compared to May figures.

Tours at the weekends are always fully booked. Mostly, weekend tours to Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands were sold well before the summer. Thus, many travel agencies have to organise weekday tours.

Because of the recent hot weather, most of tourists chose to tours along the coast. Hotels in famous coastal tourist sites, such as Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Vung Tau, are continually fully booked this summer.

According to the Saigontourist Travel Service Company, tourists from the northern provinces selected tours in the central and southern regions thanks to non-stop flights between these destinations.

The number of travelers flying on domestic flights this summer has also soared, said Vietnam Airlines.

In the first five months of 2010, Singapore welcomed 113,000 Vietnamese visitors, up 20% compared to the same period last year, said Chang Chee Pey, Managing Director of the Singapore Tourism Board in Southeast Asia.

In 2009, as many as 265,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Singapore, an increase of 10.9% compared to 2008’s figure.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Air travelers to face fines up to VND1mil for using electronics

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 6:53 am

Aircraft passengers who are found using electronic appliances including cell phones and laptops without permission could soon face penalties of VND500,000 to VND1 million (US$53).

The Ministry of Transport has proposed the Government approve fines of up to VND1 million for passengers caught using electronic devices on flights

The fines were announced as part of a new draft on penalties for infractions related to the aviation sector, which the Ministry of Transport has submitted to the Government.

The Ministry of Justice, meanwhile, proposed that first-time offenders receive lighter penalties.

However, the Ministry of Transport said that all passengers are reminded not to use electronic appliances aboard aircraft to ensure safety.

Thus, anyone caught violating regulations should be strictly punished, the ministry said.

Source: SGGP

New airline security to profile US-bound travelers: media

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 (AFP) – Washington will announce Friday new airline security measures for US-bound passengers that scraps screening for specific countries to focus on profiles of potential terrorists, US media said.

The new approach replaces the mandatory enhanced screening of all passengers travelling to the United States from 14 nations, most of which are Muslim, which was imposed following a young Nigerian’s failed Christmas Day Al-Qaeda plot to blow up an airplane travelling to Detroit from Amsterdam.

The announcement to be made by the Department of Homeland Security follows a three-month review of security protocols since the botched bombing attempt, said The New York Times, citing senior administration officials.

The new measures to begin this month involve travellers’ personal characteristics matching intelligence on potential attackers.

Even US citizens travelling to the United States will be subject to special screening if they match certain profiles.

“It’s much more tailored to what intelligence is telling us and what the threat is telling us, as opposed to stopping all individuals from a particular nationality or all individuals using a particular passport,” said the unnamed official, quoted by the Times said.

The current “no-fly” list was to remain in place under the new procedures, but supplemented by cross-referenced information that may see passengers subject to further screening even if their names are not flagged, the Wall Street Journal said.

Characteristics such as nationality, age, recently visited countries, age, and partial names will be used alongside the “no-fly” list, the Journal said.

The system aims to avoid the intelligence failures that led to the alleged Christmas Day bomber, Nigeria’s Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, boarding the US-bound flight from Amsterdam wearing underpants rigged with explosives, even though US intelligence had been alerted to information on him.

The Obama administration has also pledged to speed up the installation of full body scanners at US airports and to increase funding for federal air marshals on flights deemed most at risk.

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.

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