“Da Nang Fantasticity” contest – travelling Da Nang in particular way

Binh Thuan’s Tourism Association worked with an international delegation of travel agencies and reporters on September 13 in a bid to promote the central province’s popular services and products. Pristine beaches in Mui Ne and traditional festivals, such as Nghinh Ong and Kate, have long drawn visitors. In the past eight months, Binh Thuan welcomed 2.6 million tourists including 294,000 foreign arrivals, a 10 percent annual climb. The province is currently home to 289 facilities that offer almost 11,000 rooms. Foreign guests commented on local improvements in transportation, proposing the construction of new routes to shorten travelling time to and…... [read more]

Once self-enjoying tourism, shopping tourism…has become so much popular and somehow boring, the majority of tourists think of and choose community-based tourism, where, tourists can indulge themselves in the nature, experience the lives and culture of the native people, learning and carefully, deeply exploring home stay tourism. Besides the natural beauty of sea, islands and the great potentials in natural resources, Phu Yen province is also strong in community-based tourism (CBT). Nevertheless, this growth has not yet been in compatibility with the province’s tourism potentials, one of the reasons lies in the poor, unattractive and non-diversified tourism products. It can…... [read more]

Lots of young people from foreign countries have purchased tours to Vietnam merely to do voluntary jobs at the social centers or schools. In Phu Yen, there are currently not a few young people attracted to this kind of experiencing tourism. Besides doing voluntary jobs, these young people have even mobilized financial support to help both children and the inhabitants in remote and mountainous areas. This is called voluntary tourism. In recent times, lots of students from Europe and Australia have signed up for tours with destination in Phu Yen, to do voluntary jobs. Mrs. Tran Thi Hanh Nguyen, director…... [read more]

Government says it needs more money to promote tourism, so it wants to charge visitors an extra US$1 per day Tourists stroll down a street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Experts have criticized tourism authorities for failing to promote Vietnam tourism, and in fact doing the opposite by proposing a tax on international visitors. Photo by Hong Ky Travel company director Tran Vinh Loc does not know how to tell his customers that the only way his government can think of to promote tourism here is to charge visitors US$1 a day. "It is the government and not tourists…... [read more]

According to the article, Thailand is successful because it gives awards to tourism industry partners, and Vietnam is unsuccessful because it employs unsuitable tourism ambassadors. Sadly it isn't that simple, and the writer makes the all too common mistake of assuming that awards, tourism ambassadors and tourism promotions are relevant. They aren't. Tourists visiting either country are not aware of the "Friends of Thailand" awards or the existence of Ly Nha Ky, and even if they were, it is doubtful that either would have any influence on their travel choices. Thailand's tourism industry continues to amaze: 22 million visitors in…... [read more]

War heritages carry great tourism potential, but Vietnam's patchy record inspires no confidence it can be tapped effectively, experts say A foreign child visitor with a Vietnamese flag at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. A new proposal to develop battlefield tourism in Vietnam has failed to excite tourism industry insiders who doubt concerned authorities have the imagination, vision or skills to effectively exploit the potential niche.   "If a word association exercise were to mention "Vietnam," it would not be surprising if most, if not all international respondents, said "War." The association would be apt not only…... [read more]

The five-star New World Saigon hotel in Ho Chi Minh City has named experienced tourism insider Kamal Munasinghe its new director of food and beverage. Munasinghe will oversee operations at the Parkview, Dynasty and The Lounge restaurants as well as the culinary program at the hotel's catering and events department. The Swiss national has worked for more than 18 years in the hospitality industry, and holds a record of successful management of the food and beverage operations at large, luxury properties such as the Switzerland's Marriott International and Mount Lavinia Hotel Group in Sri Lanka. "I am pleased to continue…... [read more]

DANANG – Danang City’s government has officially handed over the mammoth Van Village resort and entertainment complex project to Vinpearl Corp., which will invest some US$5 billion to develop 1,065 hectares of land and 500 hectares of water surface. Dang Thanh Thuy, general director of Vinpearl Corp., said this is the biggest project ever for his firm and will be implemented after the land is handed over. The first phase of the project worth some US$1 billion will be kicked off early in 2012, including site clearance, a luxury hotel and resort complex, condos, villas, commercial center, theater, cable car,…... [read more]

The central city of Danang should take advantage of its favourable location and conditions for hosting international events, a workshop heard on September 18. The advantages include being near three world cultural heritage sites - Hue ancient capital, Hoi An ancient town and My Son sanctuary - and having access by road, rail, sea and air. "The city is also a gateway to the Central Highlands region and neighbouring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar on the East-West Economic Corridor," he said. Le Thi Thu Hanh, deputy director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said every year municipal…... [read more]

The central city of Da Nang should take advantage of its favourable location and conditions for hosting international events, a workshop heard on Sept.18. Local Economic Strategy Institute director Ho Ky Minh said the city has many advantages to develop meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) hosting. The advantages include being near three world cultural heritage sites - Hue ancient capital, Hoi An ancient town and My Son sanctuary - and having access by road, rail, sea and air. "The city is also a gateway to the Central Highlands region and neighbouring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar…... [read more]




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