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The number of international visitors to Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017 was estimated at around 7.24 million, a year-on-year surge of 28.8 per cent. In July, 1.04 million foreigners visited Viet Nam, a year-on-year increase of 21.1 per cent.  While arrivals by air touched 6.12 million passengers, an increase of 31.3 per cent against the same period last year; 945,886 visitors came by road (up 17.3 per cent); and the remaining 178,101 people arrived by sea (up 13.3 per cent), the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Việt Nam said. Of these, around 5.36 million visitors were from Asia, 1.1 million people from Europe and 505,014 people from America, accounting for 73.9 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 6.97 per cent of the total foreign passengers. China continues to rank first in the number of visitors to Việt Nam, with around 2.2 million arrivals, an increase of 51 per cent over the same period in 2016. The GSO also reported a rise in tourist inflow from other key markets, with an increase of 49.3 per cent from Russia, 46.8 per cent from South Korea, 30.1 per cent from Hong Kong, 27.8 per cent from Spain, 23.6 per cent from Cambodia, 23.4 per cent from the Philippines and 20.8 per cent from Taiwan. The number of visitors from Africa also went up slightly, with 19,973 people visiting, which is a significant 28.1 per cent rise compared to the same period last year. In July, 1.04 million foreigners visited…... [read more]

In July, 1.04 million foreigners visit Viet Nam, a year-on-year increase of 21.1 per cent. — Photo baomoi.com The number of international visitors to Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017 was estimated at around 7.24 million, a year-on-year surge of 28.8 per cent. While arrivals by air touched 6.12 million passengers, an increase of 31.3 per cent against the same period last year; 945,886 visitors came by road (up 17.3 per cent); and the remaining 178,101 people arrived by sea (up 13.3 per cent), the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Viet Nam said. Of these, around 5.36 million visitors were from Asia, 1.1 million people from Europe and 505,014 people from America, accounting for 73.9 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 6.97 per cent of the total foreign passengers. China continues to rank first in the number of visitors to Viet Nam, with around 2.2 million arrivals, an increase of 51 per cent over the same period in 2016. The GSO also reported a rise in tourist inflow from other key markets, with an increase of 49.3 per cent from Russia, 46.8 per cent from South Korea, 30.1 per cent from Hong Kong, 27.8 per cent from Spain, 23.6 per cent from Cambodia, 23.4 per cent from the Philippines and 20.8 per cent from Taiwan. The number of visitors from Africa also went up slightly, with 19,973 people visiting, which is a significant 28.1 per cent rise compared…... [read more]

Though locked in a constant struggle against complaints over their service quality, low-cost carrier Vietjet reported a whopping 46 percent growth in profit for the first half of 2017. Vietjet posted a revenue of VND10,743 billion (roughly US$473 million) in the Jan-Jun period, according to an announcement by the company on Thursday citing unaudited business results. That number is a 45.1 percent jump from the same period last year, and accounts for 108 percent of the no-frills carrier’s six-month budgeted plan. Vietjet also reported a pretax profit of VND1,090 billion ($48 million), an increase of 46 percent compared to the first half of 2016. The airline asserted that it has already achieved 54 percent of its full-year profit target, thanks in part to the five brand-new A321 aircraft and five wet-leased planes put into operation during the six-month period. Vietjet noted that optimizing operation costs was a significant factor in its revenue boom, claiming to have operated 49,151 flights at a technical reliability rate of 99.55 percent and an on-time performance rate of 85.7 percent during the period.  Its flights carried an average load factor of 87.7 percent. Nearly 8.27 million passengers traveled with the no-frills airline in the first half of this year, up 22.4 percent year-on-year. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

The flag-throwing routine was completely on sync. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Belgian dance group Vredon graced the Hanoi Opera House on July 26 for an afternoon of cultural fusion. Since 1980, they have travelled the world to perform routines that combine different dance traditions together. “We went to Israel, South Africa, even the United States. In Asia, we visited Thailand, China. Now here we are in Vietnam,” Vredon’s Vice President Dirk Laureys said. Vredon choreographs their dances, and the group even has its own music. The highlight of their performances, however, was the flags. The group used different kinds of flags for each dance. According to Vredon President Kris de Moor, each flag weighs 5 kilograms. Still, the dancers managed to perform acrobatic moves as they spun and threw the flags up into the sky. The flags, of course, represent their cultural fusion. They did not only use their Belgian flag, but they also presented flags to represent different regions of the world, Vietnam included. “It feels amazing to perform. It is actually why we’re here, to show our dance and bring people together. I am really excited. It was amazing,” said performer Kaat Laureys after the show. Audience member Guy Van Der Vurst put it best: “This performance brought me home. I saw my country’s flag and felt proud.”-VNA... [read more]

NDO - Human trafficking is a complicated situation, not only causing harm to ethics, race, lifestyle, habits, customs and laws, but also directly affects the security and order of the country, as well as being of great concern for society as a whole. From the beginning of 2011 until June this year, there have been 2,748 human trafficking cases involving 4,110 traffickers and 5,984 victims, of which 447 cases were for the purpose of marriage accounting for 27% of the total number of human trafficking cases with 1,140 victims. The crimes occurred in all provinces and cities across the country. The victims are not only women and children, but also men and new-borns, and the phenomenon of surrogacy. More than 80% of the victims were trafficked abroad, mainly through the border gates between Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos, and China. Criminals are mainly scapegoats with criminal records and charges against them for trafficking. They work in combination to entice, hook, cheat, and coerce victims in order to traffic them abroad. In addition, there are also foreigners visiting Vietnam in the form of tourism and business activities, but are then linking with the Vietnamese brokers to form transnational human trafficking rings. Notably, in recent times, by taking advantage of favourable policies on immigration procedures, issuance of citizens' passports and cross border travel passes, many traffickers have organised rings for human trafficking abroad, in the form of tourism, visiting relatives, and illegal labour. Victims are usually not provided with residency procedures or the…... [read more]

Vietjet Air on July 25th signed a partnership agreement with Japan Airlines to share code on routes between the two countries.   Under the agreement, as a first step, the two carriers will start a code-share cooperation for all flight services between Japan and Viet Nam, as well as JAL’s domestic flights, and Vietjet’s domestic flights, as well as flights between Viet Nam and the other Asian countries.   Japan Airlines and Vietjet will further explore opportunities to develop the partnership in various areas, including a frequent flier partnership, aircraft operations and maintenance, as well as ground handling services and training.   In his speech at the signing ceremony, Mr. Tadashi Fujita, Japan Airlines Executive Vice President, said the carrier is operating direct flights from Tokyo (Narita airport) to Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, as well as from Tokyo (Haneda airport) to Ho Chi Minh City.   The two airlines have held a series of discussions on expanding their networks in response to the travel needs of people in neighboring Asian countries to Viet Nam, in addition to meeting growing demand for air travel between Japan and destinations in Viet Nam, he added.   Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of Vietjet Air, said Japan is a key market of the airline’s expanding flight network in the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership will help the carrier diversify its air transportation products and the…... [read more]

Three foreign investors and six Vietnamese companies will build urban railway lines in Hanoi as the city revs up its public transport system, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, has said. The People’s Committee will create optimal conditions for the investors so that projects will be completed quickly and help ease traffic congestion, Mr. Chung told a recent meeting with voters, though he did not reveal the names of the investors. It was reported earlier this month that the city would allow two foreign companies - Russia’s Mosmetrostroy and South Korea’s Lotte Group - to join the railway projects. Five Vietnamese companies will also be involved: Vingroup, Xuan Thanh Group, Lung Lo 5, Tan Hoang Minh, and a consortium of Licogi and MIK Group Vietnam. The construction of the railway lines is part of the city’s plans to enhance its public transport network and limit personal vehicles in the central business district by 2030. According to the city’s master plan for 2030 and vision to 2050, Hanoi will have ten urban railway lines with a combined length of 417.8 km. The city will need over $40 billion for their construction, including $7.5 billion in 2017-2020, $7.6 billion in 2021-2015, $3.5 billion in 2026-2030, and $21.3 billion after 2031. All will be built under the private-public partnership (PPP) model, in which investors can use land to develop urban infrastructure and shopping centers. Hanoi earlier submitted plans to auction 6,000 ha of land to build ten urban railway…... [read more]

Located in the wetlands of the Plain of Reeds in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp, Tràm Chim National Park is known for its spectacular diversity of bird species, attracting bird-watchers year-round. Conservation efforts: Grey Heron can be found year-round in Tràm Chim National Park. - VNS Photo Nguyễn Tiến Lễ Local farmers named the park Tràm Chim due to the great number of cajeput (tràm) trees and birds (chim). The 7,300ha park, flooded for half a year and dry for the other half, is home to more than 100 vertebrate species, 40 species of fish, and 213 species of water birds, including 16 rare birds like the Sarus crane, the greater adjutant, black-headed ibis, darter, and little egret. Nguyễn Thế Hạnh, vice director of the national park, said that thousands of Asian openbill storks, which were given priority for preservation, have flocked to the park. The park has a good environment for birds, containing a level of water conducive to the development of flora and aquatic creatures. Thanks to its diversity of bird species, the park holds bird-watching tours, attracting a great number of visitors. The number of visitors exceeded 60,000 in 2014, a five-fold increase compared to 2012, when it was recognised as Việt Nam’s fourth site under the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance. In the first half of the year, the park welcomed…... [read more]

COPENHAGEN: Air France on Thursday (Jul 27) said it was investigating how a passenger was put on the wrong plane, travelling with a boarding pass bearing the same name as another passenger on that flight. Air France said passenger safety was never compromised at any time during the incident, but it had launched an internal investigation into how the mishap occurred. (AFP/BORIS HORVAT) Ana Maria Bittencourt Marques, a 45-year-old nursing assistant from Porto Alegre in Brazil, departed from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday with the goal of flying to Copenhagen for a holiday. Instead, she found herself in Athens after being given a boarding pass in the name of another passenger on the Greek flight, Marie-Christine Midavaine. "My ticket was made out in another name, and I didn't have enough time to check it because I was in a hurry," said Marques. Marques said an Air France agent at the departure gate looked at her boarding pass and passport "but they did not check to see if the name was different". She snoozed during the flight and first became aware that something was wrong when she saw Greek letters at Athens airport. Air France flew her to Copenhagen through a connecting flight in Luxembourg. Air France confirmed to AFP that "a passenger en route to Copenhagen on the Air France flight AF1750 on July 25 boarded flight AF1232…... [read more]

As more and more holidaymakers turn to Airbnb for accommodation in Vietnam, the local hospitality sector is beginning to feel the pressure. Founded in August 2008, Airbnb is an online platform where users list and book unique accommodations, from apartment rentals and homestays to hostel beds and hotel rooms, around the world.  The platform, now available in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries, is putting a serious dent in the market share of traditional hotels. As of last month, there were some 6,500 lodging facilities listed on the Airbnb network, according to Kenneth Atkinson, executive chairman of Grant Thornton Vietnam. At an average cost of US$35 per room, Airbnb rentals typically offer much more bang for your buck than hotels, driving tourists toward the tech-based service. Attractive business model Joining the Airbnb network has become a new way of ‘doing business’ for many Vietnamese. Even though she does not have any extra space in her personal home, Thuong, an office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, still wanted to cash in on the Airbnb service. The woman decided to rent a spacious apartment in District 1, with windows pointed toward the famous Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, and gave the place a redesign. The apartment was then divided into separate bedrooms and posted on Airbnb. “Before putting a room on Airbnb, you have to ensure it is like a mini hotel – well furnished, equipped with amenities, and has a…... [read more]




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