Cat Ba to be eco-smart island

The city wants investment in a high-end ecotourism resort and entertainment complex, which will include an aquarium, six-star hotels, a golf course system and entertainment zones. One corner of Cat Ba island. The island will be developed into an eco-smart island and a national tourism site.  Secretary of Cat Hai district’s Party Committee Bui Trung Nghia said that all internal combustion engine vehicles will be phased out on the island to prevent air pollution. Cable cars and electric vehicles will be used to transport tourists. Hai Phong is working with investors on measures to provide free transportation for locals, he added. As part of the plan, the city has called businesses like Sun Group to invest in an cargo port, tourism wharf, cable car station and logistics site. Southeast Asia’s longest cross-sea bridge, Tan Vu-Lach Huyen, is expected to form a complete transport network by the end of this year, facilitating travel to Cat Ba Island. The 5.4 kilometre bridge connects areas in the east of Hai Phong with Lach Huyen International Port in the island district of Cat Hai and the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway. In the past seven months, the island welcomed more than 1.4 million visitors and earned 775.9 billion VND (34 million USD) from tourism services, up 10.3 percent and 10 percent, respectively, from the same period last year. Located east of Hai Phong and 150 kilometres from Hanoi, Cat Ba consists of 366 large and…... [read more]

The Southern Institute of Ecology and the Danang Tourism Association have jointly sent a proposal to the Danang authorities to preserve the current scenery of Son Tra Peninsula and demolish the foundations of 40 illegally-constructed villas. The foundations of 40 illegally-constructed villas The proposal gained approval from all attendants at the conference about preserving and developing the eco-system of Son Tra Peninsula. All attendants reached consensus that since Son Tra has at least 1,010 different plants, 21 huge fungal species, 700 to 1,300 red-shanked douc, and rare herbal plants that need to be preserved, there must be measures to protect Son Tra. The Southern Institute of Ecology and the Danang Tourism Association suggested banning any new construction projects and quickly demolishing foundations of 40 villas under construction. The investors must also have measures to prevent erosion during the rainy season. They also asked the Danang City authorities and the government to remove Son Tra from the list of potential locations for national tourism sites so that it can be developed into a natural reserve. In order to improve the current tourism services, the Danang authorities should set up inspection teams to assess the on-going projects in the peninsula and establish Hai Van-Son Tran world biosphere reserve. In March, Da Nang authorities suspended the unlicensed construction of Bien Son Tra eco-tourism area project. By that time, the investor, Bien Tien Sa JSC, already illegally laid down the foundations for 40 villas. Dtinews... [read more]

The steering committee in charge of the program reported that tourist arrivals to Cao Bang in 2016 increased by 13.5% compared to the previous year, with international arrivals reaching 40,000 and domestic arrivals estimated at 701,000. The province’s tourism sector saw a growth rate of 21%, bringing in an estimated revenue of VND142.5 billion (US$6.27 million). The program targets to develop tourism into an important economic sector in the local service structure, with tourism service operations accounting for a relatively high proportion of total social income. Other goals include developing the Pac Bo national special relic site into a national tourism site and the Ban Gioc-Nguom Ngao Cave tourist site into a national tourist site by 2020; attracting 75,000 international arrivals and 820,000 domestic arrivals; and earning VND420 billion (US$18.48 million) in social income from tourism, with revenues from tourism accounting for 3% of the province’s gross domestic product. In order to realize the abovementioned goals, Cao Bang has been implementing a number of measures in a synchronous fashion. The province has promoted the signing of a framework agreement on border tourism development cooperation with the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, upgraded the Ly Van border gate into a bilateral border gate and built incentive mechanisms and policies for enterprises investing in tourism infrastructure. In addition, Cao Bang has also facilitated tourism promotion activities and communication work about its tourist attraction, cultural identities and cuisine, while focusing on training human resources for the tourism sector. By Vien Nhu... [read more]

Lam Dong, December 19 (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is seeking the Prime Minister’s recognition of its Tuyen Lam Lake tourist site in Da Lat city as a national tourism site. The province’s effort in preparing the related dossier has been backed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and if approved, the Tuyen Lam lake tourist site will become the country’s first national tourism site. The site started operations in 2004. To date, as many as ten out of 37 projects in the site have become operational with a total investment capital of 2.4 trillion VND (116 million USD). Some of them are Edensee resort, Datanla Waterfall Tourism Site, K’Lan eco-tourism site and Thanh Quang Orchids garden. As many as seven projects in the site will begin operations in 2017. The locality has also planned to grow cherry trees and landscape forests on an area of over 334 hectares surrounding the site. The Tuyen Lam Lake site has contributed about 20 billion VND to the local budget, attracted approximate 2 million domestic and international tourists every year while creating about 1,000 jobs, according the provincial People’s Committee. The Tuyen Lam Lake site, together with 46 other sites across the country, have been planned to become national tourist sites by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism since 2001. VNA/VNP... [read more]

Lam Dong (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is seeking the Prime Minister’s recognition of its Tuyen Lam Lake tourist site in Da Lat city as a national tourism site. The province’s effort in preparing the related dossier has been backed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and if approved, the Tuyen Lam lake tourist site will become the country’s first national tourism site. The site started operations in 2004. To date, as many as ten out of 37 projects in the site have become operational with a total investment capital of 2.4 trillion VND (116 million USD). Some of them are Edensee resort, Datanla Waterfall Tourism Site, K’Lan eco-tourism site and Thanh Quang Orchids garden. As many as seven projects in the site will begin operations in 2017. The locality has also planned to grow cherry trees and landscape forests on an area of over 334 hectares surrounding the site. The Tuyen Lam Lake site has contributed about 20 billion VND to the local budget, attracted approximate 2 million domestic and international tourists every year while creating about 1,000 jobs, according the provincial People’s Committee. The Tuyen Lam Lake site, together with 46 other sites across the country, have been planned to become national tourist sites by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism since 2001.-VNA... [read more]

Da Nang’s tourism department will introduce the Son Tra Sunset Tour next March, the newest tourism service on top of Son Tra Mountain. The department said the tour would offer tourists the chance to enjoy a breathtaking sunset panorama and a bird’s eye view of Son Tra peninsula and a corner of the city from 500m above sea level. Tourists will be taken up the Mountain Tower on Saturdays and Sundays. Activities including a BBQ party, music performances, and bar service will be available for visitors between 6pm and 9pm at the weekend. Son Tra mountain, which is home to the 2,500ha Son Tra Nature Reserve, 10km from the city centre, is a popular tourist destination, with 10,000 tourists visiting the reserve every month. The Da Nang-based Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet, also offers free tours for students and nature lovers to watch langurs and see the forest up close as part of an environmental education programme on Sundays. The well-protected biodiversity also shelters nearly 300 red-shanked douc langurs, which were declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013. The government also approved an area of over 1,000ha in Son Tra Mountains as a National tourism site between 2025-30, and an eco-tour in the central coastal region with 3.5 million tourists per year. The city has approved the plan to protect biodiversity in Son Tra Nature Reserve towards 2030. Source: VNA... [read more]

Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG - Đà Nẵng's tourism department will introduce the Sơn Trà Sunset Tour next March, the newest tourism service on top of Sơn Trà Mountain. The department said the tour would offer tourists the chance to enjoy a breathtaking sunset panorama and a bird's eye view of Sơn Trà peninsula and a corner of the city from 500m above sea level. Tourists will be taken up the Mountain Tower on Saturdays and Sundays. Activities including a BBQ party, music performances, and bar service will be available for visitors between 6pm and 9pm at the weekend. Sơn Trà mountain, which is home to the 2,500ha Sơn Trà Nature Reserve, 10km from the city centre, is a popular tourist destination, with 10,000 tourists visiting the reserve every month. The Đà Nẵng-based Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet, also offers free tours for students and nature lovers to watch langurs and see the forest up close as part of an environmental education programme on Sundays. The well-protected biodiversity also shelters nearly 300 red-shanked douc langurs, which were declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013. The government also approved an area of over 1,000ha in Sơn Trà Mountains as a National tourism site between 2025-30, and an eco-tour in the central coastal region with 3.5 million tourists per year. The city has approved the plan to protect biodiversity in Sơn Trà Nature Reserve towards 2030. - VNS... [read more]

Hai Phong (VNA) - Hai Phong city is expected to become a coastal tourism centre in the northern region under a development plan for the 2016 – 2020 period, with a vision to 2030 which was put on the table recently by the municipal Party Committee. Under the plan, some key tourist sites in the city will be developed to become national and international tourist destinations. Accordingly, Hai Phong will focus on turning tourism into a spearhead and sustainable economic sector, gradually making itself a key national tourism site. The city will develop tourism in parallel with protecting the environment, promoting cultural values and local cultural identities, ensuring national security and defense and maintaining social order. The city is expected to post an average annual growth of 8.2 percent in tourist arrivals and 8.9 percent in tourism revenue by 2020. The locality’s Cat Ba archipelago will be developed into a world-level tourist attraction where ecological conservation will be boosted. To achieve the target, the city put forward solutions to create breakthroughs in tourism development, including increasing promotion activities, boosting human resource training and introducing policies to attract strategic investors.-VNA... [read more]

Under the plan, some key tourist sites in the city will be developed to become national and international tourist destinations. Accordingly, Haiphong will focus on turning tourism into a spearhead and sustainable economic sector, gradually making itself a key national tourism site. The city will develop tourism in parallel with protecting the environment, promoting cultural values and local cultural identities, ensuring national security and defense and maintaining social order. The city is expected to post an average annual growth of 8.2% in tourist arrivals and 8.9% in tourism revenue by 2020. The locality’s Cat Ba archipelago will be developed into a world-level tourist attraction where ecological conservation will be boosted. To achieve the target, the city put forward solutions to create breakthroughs in tourism development, including increasing promotion activities, boosting human resource training and introducing policies to attract strategic investors.... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - During the 14th National Assembly’s second session, deputies highlighted that the tourism industry has been considered to develop into a the country`s spearhead industry, thus it is necessary to amend the existing tourism law to remove obstacles for the sector’s growth. The draft revised tourism law was the focus of group discussions in the National Assembly (NA) during the 14th parliament’s second session on November 8. Many deputies said although significant improvements have been made in tourism, that growth has yet to match the sector’s potential while new problems have emerged. According to deputy Pham Quang Thanh of Hanoi city, the revised law should remain the regulations on business travel. It needs to ensure fair and healthy for activities of domestic and foreign tour operators, he added. International tourists visit Hoan Kiem lake. Deputy Pham Phu Quoc of HCM City said the revised law should be oriented towards the goal of turning tourism into a key sector of the economy. It needs to be updated with viewpoints, targets and strategic solutions for tourism development by 2020 with a view to 2030. Van Thi Bach Tuyet, another deputy of HCM City, said that the drafting board to ensure a favourable and efficient legal framework for tourism development. Regarding Article 32 on conditions for operating in travel-related business, some deputies said tourism is a conditional business line, and those who want to provide travel services must have license as it relates to diplomacy and national security. However, current regulations…... [read more]




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