Da Nang to use LED public lighting for APEC event

Da Nang at night. The city plans to install a LED lighting system on many streets. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - A pilot project using low carbon emission light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs will light up 19 main downtown streets in Da Nang as the central coastal city prepares for the high-profile 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Economic Leaders Week. Nearly 3,000 high-voltage bulbs – five percent of the city’s total public lighting system – will be replaced by the LED public lighting system, beginning this September, and go operational in October. The city has called for funding via the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model to install LED lighting system. With the LED lighting system, Da Nang expects to save 1 million KWh per year – 12 percent of its power consumption, by 2020. Da Nang was selected as an APEC city for a Low-Carbon Model Town Project at the 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC in 2012. The city has also proposed battery-powered bikes, use of renewable energy; a metro system; and rapid bus transit as low carbon measures towards making Da Nang a green city by 2025. It has already cut 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions through a pilot project and saved 12 billion VND (570,000 USD) in a power-saving pilot project between 2008-2011. According to a report from the city’s industry and trade department, Da Nang has 51,000 high voltage bulbs along 1,200km of roads with total consumption…... [read more]

Nearly 3,000 high-voltage bulbs - five percent of the city’s total public lighting system – will be replaced by the LED public lighting system, beginning this September, and go operational in October. With the LED lighting system, Da Nang expects to save 1 million KWh per year. Photo: baocongthuong.com.vn The city has called for funding via the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model to install LED lighting system. With the LED lighting system, Da Nang expects to save 1 million KWh per year - 12 percent of its power consumption, by 2020. Da Nang was selected as an APEC city for a Low-Carbon Model Town Project at the 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC in 2012. The city has also proposed battery-powered bikes, use of renewable energy; a metro system; and rapid bus transit as low carbon measures towards making Da Nang a green city by 2025. It has already cut 12,000 tons of carbon emissions through a pilot project and saved VND 12 billion (USD 570,000) in a power-saving pilot project between 2008-2011. According to a report from the city’s industry and trade department, Da Nang has 51,000 high voltage bulbs along 1,200km of roads with total consumption of 6,800KWh -3.1 percent of the city’s total power consumption. The city is also using battery-powered cars to serve tourists in the coastal districts of Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Lien Chieu as well as at several beach resorts. Source: VNA... [read more]

Authorities in the central city of Hue on Tuesday unveiled a plan to install security cameras across the city to assist with urban management. The city's main roads, hotspots for sidewalk encroachment and large markets such as Dong Ba and An Cuu will be the first to be equipped with security cameras using public money. Cameras for smaller roads and alleys will be funded by local people and private companies. Hue's new cameras will help improve the city's urban management. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh. “To start with, we will take advantage of existing trees and power pylons to install the cameras,” said Nguyen Van Thanh, the city's chairman. The system will be connected via wi-fi or cables to operating centers, which will be located in the city's public administration center, police headquarters and urban management department. “The city has tasked its Department of Urban Management with installing the cameras, but we have yet to determine a specific timeframe for the project,” Thanh said. Hue had previously tasked the city's police department with setting up a security camera network, and the city's Kim Long Ward has also piloted the installation of locally funded security cameras on its main roads. Both projects have proven a success in maintaining security and public order as well as reducing sidewalk encroachments. Nguyen Hoang Street was equipped with security cameras four months ago. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh. Last year, the central city of Da Nang approved a plan to install hundreds of new security cameras…... [read more]

Officials of Naticorp and InVision Hospitality at the agreement signing ceremony on Tuesday. — Photo baomoi.com Nam Tien Lao Cai Corporation (Naticorp) and Thailand’s InVision Hospitality signed a management agreement for the Scenia Bay condotel project in Nha Trang City on Tuesday. The Thai company will be responsible for all the operations of the project when it becomes operational in 2020. Located on Pham Van Dong Street in Nha Trang Beach City, the five-star condotel is built on a total area of 7,666sq.m. It has 40 floors with 700 condos for sale and some 270 hotel rooms. The project is on prime location with the main side adjacent to Nha Trang beach, besides having easy access to the city’s beautiful landscapes, such as Hon Mun, Hon Tam, Ninh Van Bay, Po Nagar Cham Tower, Hon Chong, Dam Market and Turtle Island. “Scenia Bay is the first project marking the company’s foray into the hospitality sector, after a chain of residential projects in Lao Cai,” Cao Thi Thu Hien, CEO of Nam Tien Lao Cai Corp, said. Hien expects Scenia Bay to become an attractive resort property in the Nha Trang market. Headquartered in northern Lao Cai City, and with over 20 years of operation, Nam Tien Lao Cai Corp has expanded its businesses from infrastructure construction and hydro-power plants to chemicals and real estate sectors with an annual turnover of VND1.2 trillion (US$53 million). With a portfolio of 13…... [read more]

Fusion, a wellness-inspired resort and hotel chain, has opened its sixth property on Phu Quoc Island. — VNS Photo Fusion, a wellness resort and hotel chain, has launched its sixth property for relaxation and rejuvenation on Phu Quoc Island. The 20ha resort opened in June in Vung Bau Beach in the north of the island. Its 97 villas were built using natural coastal materials and by drawing inspiration from the island’s traditional architecture and fishing culture. They range from one- to five-bedroom for solo travelers, couples, families or groups of friends travelling together, each with a private pool and garden. Fusion’s founder and CEO, Marco Van Aggele, said: “It’s also extremely exciting to bring the concept of a wellness resort to Phu Quoc”. The resort offers daily spa journeys to all guests at no extra cost. With an international morning buffet served in the Secret Garden restaurant, Fusion’s “breakfast anytime, anywhere” concept invites guests to enjoy the meal at any time of the day or night and anywhere they want -- in the bathtub, pool, beach or the bar. For evening meals, Vietnamese specialties and international favourites with seating both indoors and out, serve fresh seafood such as lobster, crab, clam, oyster, fish, sea urchin and more. Since its launch in 2008 Fusion has become a leading wellness-inspired hotel group, and is now the only fully vertically integrated Hospitality Company in Southeast Asia. Its six properties are in…... [read more]

Forest rangers in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue have rescued an endangered red-shanked douc langur after locals caught the animal entering a residential area. Nguyen Quang, a resident of Lang Co Town, captured the douc langur after he saw it being chased into his garden by dogs on Sunday afternoon. Local forest rangers quickly arrived at the scene and Quang handed the endangered primate over to them. The red-shanked douc langur captured by Quang. Photo courtesy of Voice of Vietnam The douc langur was found to be a young, healthy male weighing about 6.5 kilograms (14 pounds), according to VietnamPlus. However, Voice of Vietnam (VOV) claimed the animal had an injured leg. Phu Loc District's forest rangers on Monday afternoon transferred the douc to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) at Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh, VietnamPlus reported. The red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus) is sometimes called the “costumed ape” or the “Queen of primates” due to its amazing colors: maroon-red from its knees to ankles, white forearms, black hands and feet, a golden face with a white ruff, blue eyelids and a white tail. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as endangered and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora prohibits its international trade. Vietnam, which is a CITES signatory, also has laws to protect the primate but they have been difficult to enforce. In November last year, Thua Thien-Hue authorities spotted…... [read more]

NDO – The 20th Vietnam Film Festival 2017, themed ‘Building a modern and humane cinematic industry’ will take place in Da Nang city from November 24 to 28 of the same month. The information was released by the Vietnam Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at a press conference in Hanoi on August 15. A series of activities will be held during the five-day event, including free outdoor screenings of films, seminars on the ASEAN film industry and afterwards seminars on the development of the Vietnamese movie sector. An exhibition on Vietnamese cinema and exchanges between actors, directors, producers and audiences will also be included. In addition, there will be the acceptance of re-make films which will be featured in this year's film festival. Among them, the ASEAN Film Award will introduce the best movies in the region to the world and strenghten the role of the cinema industry in supporting the culture and friendship among nations of the ASEAN community. The 20th Vietnam Film Festival will feature the participation of 800 delegates, who will all be artist, managers, producers from Vietnam and 50 other international delegates. Under the agenda of the festival, Vietnam film weeks will be held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. The film festival aims to honor local cinematographic works featuring traditional characteristics of creativity; and pay tribute to movie makers and artists who have made outstanding contributions to the national movie industry. ... [read more]

NDO – It cannot be denied that tourism promotion contributes significantly to the good growth of tourism of Vietnam's tourism in recent years. However, the field is facing many difficulties due to low professionalism, limited funding. Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has welcomed nearly 7.5 million international visitors, up 29% over the same period last year. The total revenue from tourism was estimated at over VND307 trillion, up 26%. With this growth, Vietnam tourism industry is expected to achieve 30% growth in international visitor arrivals in 2017. In order to achieve growth in the past two years, other than simplifying immigration procedures for foreigners, diversifying and improving the quality of tourist products, strengthening management, and cleaning business environment, there is no small aspect when it comes to the tourism promotion of Vietnam. With the investment of the tourism industry and the coordination of all related levels and branches, the promotion of tourism in Vietnam has been step by step changed and expanded the scale. Many programmes and events are held across the country and abroad. The programmes have introduced tourists to the image of Vietnam’s landscape, people and potentials, as well as tourism products, opened opportunities for investment cooperation, affirmed the position of tourism in the region and the world. Tourist promotion activities are also more and more diversified, taking full advantage of information technology. Electronic marketing (E-marketing) via Internet has brought information on Vietnamese tourism to 340,000 viewers on Youtube and millions of visitors through Vietnam's travel…... [read more]

NDO - Analogue TV signals in another 15 provinces throughout Vietnam were switched off on August 15 as part of a national digital switchover plan, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications. The affected provinces include Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Bac Giang, Phu Tho, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, Long An, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, An Giang and Tien Giang. Earlier, notices on the date of analogue signal switch-off had been continually broadcast to local TV viewers, who also received SMS messages about the planned shutdown. Viewers in these provinces have been advised to buy set-top boxes or integrated television sets in order to receive digital signals. The MIC has supported more than 530,000 poor and near-poor households in provinces who will be affected by the analogue switch-off in order for these households to buy the appropriate equipment. With the digital switchover, people can now receive between 26-70 channels with better quality compared with those programmes broadcast on analogue signals. The analogue shutdown in these 15 provinces was originally planned for July 1, but has been delayed to August 15 due to some technical difficulties. Vietnam began its digital switchover in 2016 when analogue signals were first turned off in the five centrally-governed cities of Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City. The plan is expected to be fully completed by 2020. ... [read more]

To achieve the goal of international visitor growth of at least 30 percent in 2017 set by the Government, Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam suggested the tourism sector mobilise all resources and implement promotion solutions to attract international visitors in the last 5 months. This is the information shared by Mr Ai at the Tourism Promotion Conference in 2017 held by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recently in Hanoi. Vietnam's tourism industry welcomed more than 10 million international arrivals in 2016 and over 7.2 million international arrivals in the first seven months of 2017. The direct contribution of tourism to GDP in 2016 was approximately 6.9 percent. Mr Ai stressed the role of tourism in the national economy, noting that in many countries, tourism has become a "salvation" for the economy when facing difficulties. In Vietnam, the tourism industry is receiving favourable conditions when the Politburo has identified tourism as the key economic sector of the country. Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Mr Ha Van Sieu said that VNAT annually participates in major international tourism fairs in key markets; In collaboration with the Vietnam Tourism Association and localities to hold two main domestic fairs which are VITM (Hanoi) and ITE (Ho Chi Minh City); Maintain famtrips, press trips and roadshows in key markets; Develop advertising programmes on the media, promote e-marketing, and coordinate with partners such as VNtrip, VTVgo to organise…... [read more]




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