Phang-nga province promotes Agro-tourism

In five successive months, the number of international visitors to the country reached one million. According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, 6.1 million holiday-makers come to Vietnam by air, a year-on-year increase of 31.3 percent while 178,101 voyagers arrived in Vietnam, a rise of 13.3 percent compared to same period last year and 945,886 people by road, a surge of 17.3 percent compared same period last year. The number of Chinese tourists going to Vietnam reached 2.2 million, a 51 percent increase from the number in January 2016. The number of Russian, South Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Taiwan also went up with 49.3 percent, 46.8 percent, 30.1 percent, 27.8 percent, 23.6 percent, 23.4 percent, and 20.8 percent respectively. African tourists also increase with 19,973 people, a year-in-year surge of 28.1 percent. It is estimated that local tourists in first seven months were 46.9 million, bringing revenue of VND306,700 billion, up 25.7 percent compared to same period last year. According to the plan, in 2017, the tourism sector has to welcome 13 million tourists from all corner of the world. Head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan said that the tourism sector adopted some measures. They are promotion campaign in and out of the country, especially concentrating key markets such as China, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia. In addition, the sector should have more tourism products to attract holiday-makers in Vietnam longer and spend more during the stay. The sector…... [read more]

He was reporting at a meeting on socioeconomic situation presided over by chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong. The city’s exports strongly increased to Singapore, Malaysia, India, Spain, Thailand and China but slowed down to the Philippines, Indonesia and Italy. Major import items comprise equipment and materials for local production. Of these, electronic products and comportments increased nearly 36 percent, metals rocketed 40 percent and plastic materials hiked 18 percent. Total retail sales of goods and services reached VND527,310 billion ($23.21 billion). Leaders of the Department of Tourism said that the city received 3.2 million international visitors in the first seven months, a year on year increase of 16 percent. Especially, the city reported a raise of tourists from Asia and North Asia during off peak season this year. Still the increase in HCMC was lower than other provinces and cities in the northern and central regions where received a huge number of Chinese visitors. Revenue increases Director of the Department of Finance Phan Thi Thang said that the city’s budget revenue hit VND201,950 billion in the first seven months, accounting for 58 percent of estimates and surging over 13.6 percent over the same period last year. During the seven months, the city spent VND25,590 billion ($889 billion) including VND8,570 billion on development investment and over VND16.2 trillion on regular spending. At present, investors are focusing on disbursing capital for works and projects, said Ms. Thang. Ms. Thang reported some highly rising revenue sources such as personal…... [read more]

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]

City wants to have distinctive souvenirs for tourists Dao Loan By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – As HCMC lacks souvenirs and gifts typical of its features for tourists, the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will organize a design contest to find distinctive souvenirs to meet their shopping demand. According to Nguyen Duc Chi, deputy head of the department’s travel division, everyone can join the contest which will last from October 25 to December 10. The department will pick excellent designs and showcase them at exhibitions and in tourism promotion programs. Excellent designs of souvenirs will be used for mass production. “Currently, spending of tourists is not high and the amount tourists spend on souvenirs and gifts is modest,” said Chi. A recent survey on tourists’ demand of buying souvenirs in HCMC conducted by the department indicates that most of the domestic and international tourists want to buy products symbolic of localities they visit. However, the souvenir market fails to meet such a demand. HCMC has yet to have distinctive souvenirs and stores sell handicraft products similar to those seen in other localities as well as souvenirs of other countries. The survey is carried out among 1,856 tourists, including 1,048 international visitors. A businesswoman who runs some souvenir stores in HCMC and other provinces said that her stores also lacked souvenirs appealing to tourists. She often buys souvenirs of foreign countries as samples for local production, she added. “Many facilities offer souvenir samples that are…... [read more]

In addition to many Vietnamese social enterprises, the number of foreign social enterprises in Vietnam is growing rapidly. When Australian Andrew Souto first visited Vietnam in 2005, he witnessed the plight of children coming from rural areas to cities and towns to earn money for their families. Souto, a motor mechanic, proposed establishing a social enterprise to provide the kids with on-the-job training. With support from the Volunteer International Development Australian Program and the Australian Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, he set up the VIP Bikes Social Enterprise in 2008 to service, repair and rent motorbikes. VIP Bikes currently offers free training in motorbike mechanics for 12 young people in difficult circumstances in the hope that they will be able to earn a living and support their families. Many social enterprises are short of capital and need financial support from international NGOs and professionals such as the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), the British Council & Social Enterprise London, and the One Foundation, just to name a few. These organizations are very experienced in developing self-sustaining methods and business expertise. Under the patronage of these organizations, a number of social projects have got off the ground and paid off well. Most notable is a project called Bloom Microventures, a micro-finance travel and tour enterprise launched by Spaniard Lain Heringman and German Malte Hoefner to train disadvantaged rural women in tourism services. This is a new model aimed at reducing poverty in rural areas and helping international visitors learn more about…... [read more]

On October 16, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nong Duc Manh left Hanoi for an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the invitation of Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party and Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK. The visit is considered an important event in the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. For Vietnam, the DPRK is a country rich in cultural identity and resilient in the struggle for national sovereignty and a peaceful and unified Korea. Situated in north-eastern Asia, the DPRK is not a large country (122,000 km2) with a population of nearly 24 million. The country is abundant in rare and precious minerals such as iron ore and coloured metals. Immediately after the day of establishment, the DPRK defined the economic development guidelines of independence and self-reliance. As a result, from 1960-1990, the DPRK obtained some significant achievements in heavy industries such as mining, metallurgy, chemistry and capital construction. However, since 1995, the DPRK’s economy has faced many difficulties due to natural disasters and complicated developments in the region and in the world. Especially, serious droughts over consecutive years have led to the country’s shortage of around 1.5 million tonnes of food per year. In addition, the DPRK have difficulties in accessing energy and information due to steadily dropping production rates. But with the indomitable and self-confident tradition, the Government and people of the DPRK continue to stand firm and…... [read more]

According to the Khanh Hoa Department of Culture, Sports, & Tourism, most of them came from Russia (up 190%), the Republic of Korea (up 60%), and Australia (up 40%). The average length of stay was 3.3 nights per visitor. The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, will operate direct flights between Hong Kong and Nha Trang as of November-two to four from the Far East region to Cam Ranh International Airport a day and two from Moscow to Nha Trang a week. Khanh Hoa province currently has 540 accommodations with a total of 15,000 guest rooms, including 48 three-to-five star hotels with more than 8,500 rooms, and a lot of shopping centres. In addition, there is a wide network of information bureau and customer care services to ensure a safe tourism environment for international visitors. In an effort to attract more Russian visitors to Khanh Hoa, the provincial People Committee has proposed the Government upgrade Cam Ranh international Airport and grant visa exemption for tourists coming from major markets including Russia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.... [read more]

Vietnam recorded 170,772 Japanese arrivals, ranking third in international travel volume, in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). Roughly 80,000 Vietnamese people travelled to Japan last year, VNAT reports. HCM City Tourism Association Secretary General Ton That Hoa reports that Vietnam and Japan have enjoyed fruitful tourism cooperation, with steadily rising number of tourists recorded in both countries. “In addition to the more traditional Southeast Asian tourist destinations, many Vietnamese are increasingly adding Japan and the RoK to the list of popular travel destinations,” he added. Nguyen Minh Man, a senior official from Vietravel, a local tour operator which has focused on the Japanese market for over 18 years, reports the agency is stepping up its efforts to improve the quality of tourism services to attract more visitors to Vietnam. “Each month, Vietravel welcomes on average 1,000-1,200 Japanese tourists to Hanoi and HCM City” he said, adding “The number of Vietnamese tourists to Japan during the lunar New Year holiday and the Cherry Festival in March 2014 saw a strong increase of over 200% from a year earlier.” Saigontourist, one of leading cruise ship travel services, also reports that more Japanese tourists are travelling to Vietnam via marine routes. In the first quarter of this year, Saigontourist welcomed 58 cruise ships bringing in more than 20,000 international visitors, with about 10% of them originating from Japan. Japan currently has a new visa exemption scheme for Vietnamese citizens, set to go into effect…... [read more]

The information was released by the financial and accounting firm Grant Thornton Vietnam at a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on July 2 to announce the results of tourism surveys it conducted last year. The surveys reflect that Vietnam welcomed over 7.5 million international visitors in 2013, 10.6% higher than the previous year’s figure. However, 3-5 star hotel occupancy rates fell during the year by an average of 2.9%. The market research also indicates that the number of visitors coming from Singapore and Malaysia is trending upwards and is expected to continue to pick up in the coming time. Individual tourists and tour groups in 2013 were the two largest components of guests visiting the country, accounting for 35.3% and 31.1% of the total, respectively, while the number of business travellers to the country saw a slight decrease of 5.3%. The number of international visitors coming to Vietnam for Meetings, Incentive Travels, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) attending conferences and events jumped significantly. Grant Thornton Vietnam representative suggested that Vietnam should further promote its tourism images to potential markets such as Europe and North America, and streamline tourist visa procedures for travellers from major markets to attract more visitors and generate revenue. Established in 1993, Grant Thornton Vietnam- a member firm within Grant Thornton International Ltd (Grant Thornton International) with offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi has enjoyed growth and success since its establishment.... [read more]




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