Eight infinity swimming pools in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Any tourism destination that fails to improve competitiveness in an era of globalisation will lose, even if it has great potential, Nguyen Huu Tin, a lecturer at Ton Duc Thang University’s faculty of social sciences and humanities, said at a conference held in HCM City yesterday. Verdant valley: A panorama view of Mai Chau Valley in Hoa Binh Province, a popular tourist destination. — Photo chudu24.com Organised by Ton Duc Thang University, the International Conference on Tourism and Marine Tourism focused on issues related to sustainable tourism development, including  heritage and cultural tourism, meeting incentive conference exhibitions, eco-tourism, human resource development, and the impact of tourism Tin said that Viet Nam should exploit the advantages of the local culture to enhance competitiveness. He noted that Viet Nam, due to specific historical circumstances, appeared on the world tourist map only in recent decades, making it a new destination for discovery. The country has preserved many of its special natural landscapes as well as community organisations, beliefs, customs and lifestyles, and is viewed as a peaceful country and one of the safest places for travel. However, he said it was necessary to invest in the development of human resources to improve service quality. According to the Institute for Tourism Development Research, only 60 per cent of the tourism workforce can speak a foreign language, including English (42 per cent), Chinese (5 per cent), French (4 per cent) and other languages (9 per cent). Witwasit Sresteesang of Thailand’s Bangkok University,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Department of Information and Communication is working with companies to provide free wi-fi for 100,000 workers by 2019. Illustrative image -- File photo The department is working with South Saigon Development Corporation (SADECO), Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Vinatech Technology and Communication Company Limited (Vinatech) to create around 1,000 free wi-fi access points for the workers at their living accommodations this year, with equal wi-fi coverage across all areas. The two-phase project began early this year, with access points created for 10,000 workers in District 7 and Thu Duc District. From December 18 this year to June 2019, more access points will be launched to serve a total of 100,000 workers. Each access point can serve around 10 users. Along with a bandwidth of 35Mbps, the expected link speed will reach a minimum of 20Mbps/3Mbps for two-way downloading and uploading of data from the internet. Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the Department of Information and Communications, said: “Providing free wi-fi for workers can improve their life and work.” HCM City has 10 industrial parks and three export processing zones, with a total number of workers ranging from 300,000 to 500,000, according to a report from HCM City Institute of Development Studies. Of these, 70 per cent are workers from other provinces and cities, mostly consisting of young adults with low to medium income who lack adequate opportunities to satisfy their entertainment needs. For entertainment and relaxation after work, they typically…... [read more]

Quan họ (love duet) singing on boat will be held every Saturday evening in northern Bắc Ninh Province, Nguyễn Tử Quỳnh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said. Quan họ (love duet) performance will be staged every Saturday evening in Bắc Ninh Province. - Photo culturemagazine.com The performances will be staged on two lakes in front of office buildings of the provincial Committee of the Party and People Council at 8pm. The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism takes charge of organising the performances, aimed at popularising quan họ not only among local tourists, but also foreigners. Quan họ is an art form that combines various elements, including music, lyrics and costumes, and features the distinctive culture of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bắc. It was recognised by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2009.  The singing represents different kinds of relationships -- the relationship between male and female singers as romantic lovers, the relationship between two friendly villages and the relationship between performers and the audience. Each element helps define quan họ, give it life and meaning, and the resulting harmony is so much more than just a beautiful song. Source VNA ... [read more]

Selling tours online, according to experts, is a growing trend which all travel firms have to join if they don’t want to lose customers. Lai Viet Anh, deputy director of the E-commerce and Information Technology Agency, said that up to 45% of Vietnamese internet users book hotel services or air tickets, with the figure increasing by 11% per annum.  It is expected that the SE Asian online tourism market would have value of US$90 billion in the next three years. A survey by Nielsen Vietnam found that tourism service ranks third among the products and services that Vietnamese people spend most money on through e-commerce channels, just after fashion and books, music and confectionary. However, the number of travel firms investing the channel remains modest because of many barriers, including capital, marketing and sale techniques. Eleven years ago, Vietravel began thinking of selling tours online when launching https://travel.com.vn. Sources said the travel firm poured a lot of money into the website and the advertisement alone cost US$100,000 in the first year.  Vietravel firm has also developed other channels, including Facebook to support online sales. It now has 30 online marketing staff officers. However, an analyst said the number of travelers booking tours online increased considerably only in the last two years. About 4,000 travelers booked tours online in 2015 and the figure increased by threefold last year (12,000 travelers).  In the first half of 2017, the number of travelers…... [read more]

The list is a reformatted and republished version of the original article published in 2011.  Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT Governor said, “We’re thankful for all the votes – a testament to the already solid reputation of the Amazing Thai Taste, which is part of our foodie tourism initiative to motivate tourists and foodies to embark on a culinary journey to taste signature Thai dishes in renowned venues across Thailand as the way to explore Thainess through food.” The latest CNN Travel World’s 50 Best Foods list was compiled based on the votes of 35,000 readers via a Facebook poll. The seven Thai dishes in the list are Tom Yum Kung in fourth place, Pad Thai (fifth), Som Tam Papaya Salad (sixth), Massaman Curry (10th), Green Curry (19th), Chicken Fried Rice (24th) and Mu Nam Tok or spicy minced pork salad (36th). According to CNN Travel writer, Tim Cheung, the original World’s 50 Best Foods article, which was released in 2011 “stimulate some impassioned debate about the conspicuous lack of French dishes and the merits of ketchup over mayonnaise” and so the online publication “threw it open to a vote on a Facebook poll.” Mr. Yuthasak said, “With seven Thai dishes voted into this influential list shows how Thai Cuisine is increasingly perceived as a world-class culinary experience and Thailand a great destination for foodie tourism. TAT plays a large role in promoting Thai Cuisine through several initiatives, including…... [read more]

NDO – A wide variety of unique cultural activities targeting children are being held throughout this August at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, in the Dong Mo tourism area of Son Tay town, Hanoi. Under the programme, children visiting the village will be provided with an opportunity to learn about the daily life, traditional crafts, cultural practices and signature dishes of Vietnam’s ethnic groups across the country, including the Tay, Muong, Dao, Ta Oi, Co Tu, E De, Khmer and Thai groups. They will also be invited to take part in folk games, such as Con (cloth ball) throwing, stick pushing, walking on stilts and sack races; or enjoy thrilling circus programmes, as well as competing at a children’s painting contest themed ‘I Love My Village’, which is scheduled on August 5 and 6. Folk songs and dances, gong performances and concerts of traditional musical instruments will also be staged, to the delight of visitors, during the event. Popular traditional festivals of the Ta Oi and Co Tu ethnic groups in Thua Thien – Hue province and the Thai ethnic group in Moc Chau district, Son La province will be introduced to visitors on August 13, 19, and 20, respectively. Notably, children aged between 8 and 15 can register for a free training course on experiencing Buddhist monastic life. During the two-day course, participants will learn about meditation, Buddhist rituals and Buddha’s teachings on humanism and being a well behaved child.... [read more]

PARIS: Brazilian superstar Neymar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday (Aug 1) evening, avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on Jul 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (AFP/HECTOR RETAMAL) The 25-year-old Barcelona forward was travelling back from China and had earlier posted a video on social media apparently from Dubai airport, amid suggestions that he could have been bound for Paris. He has remained silent while rumours swirl that he will join the French club, who are reportedly ready to pay the €222 million (US$260 million) buyout clause in his contract at the Camp Nou. Neymar, who was in Shanghai on Monday fulfilling a sponsor's engagement, had also posted a photo on Instagram with the caption in Portuguese: "Lunch at half-way". In another video posted from an aeroplane, Neymar joked around with an image messaging app that superimposed a Spanish flag and a small plane on his tee-shirt - suggesting he was indeed headed home to Barcelona. The decor in that video was identifiable as from an Emirates aeroplane. Earlier reports claimed that he was headed from China to Doha to meet PSG's Qatari owners and pass a medical before a world-record transfer. But his being on an Emirates plane ruled out Doha as a possible…... [read more]

Mountain, river and famous scenic landscapes make An Giang a leader of hospitality industry in the region. Every year, the province welcomes 6 million tourists, earning a big source of income for the local economy. Many companies are active in tourism industry, including An Giang Tourism Joint Stock Company (An Giang Tourimex) with a leading role and impact on tourism and travel business in the province. Strong brand and spectacular leap After nearly 40 years of unremitting efforts, An Giang Tourism Joint Stock Company has built up its strong and prestigious brand in tourism - travel, restaurant and luxury hotel segments. An Hai Son-Kien Giang Hotel, Tourist Service Centre, Tuc Duc Hill Resort-Tri Ton, Ben Da Nui Sam Hotel, Long Xuyen-Cuu Long Hotel, Dong Xuyen Hotel and its representative branch in Ho Chi Minh City are its typical assets created by the company in tourism business in the past 40 years. Not only that, for the past four decades, An Giang Tourism Joint Stock Company has also expanded into the food industry with six rice mills. An Giang Tourism Joint Stock Company is staffed by enthusiastic, devoted and professional employees, enabling it to obtain great successes in tourism and food businesses. Having experienced the country’s economic development periods from self-subsistence to integration into the global economy, An Giang Tourism Joint Stock Company has fulfilled the mission of a State-owned enterprise. Marking its 38 years of construction and development, the firm made a…... [read more]

A driver from Lao Cai Province in northern Vietnam is in hot water after an online video was posted showing him glued to his cellphone while driving a bus full of passengers along an expressway. The National Traffic Safety Committee on Tuesday asked the province's transport department to strictly punish the man, saying it was a “serious” violation of traffic regulations and showed disregard for passengers' lives. The transport company said it has suspended the driver, Tran Huy Tao, after the video was shared last week. The bus was apparently traveling at high speed with the driver using both hands to operate his phone for at least half a minute. Passengers said the driver was using the phone for “entertainment” while they were on the Hanoi-Lao Cai expressway. Tao, 32, said he was looking for the number of a person he'd been asked to deliver a package to. A new law, effective from the beginning of this year, imposes fines of VND600,000 to VND800,000 ($26-35) on car and truck drivers caught using their phones while driving. Before, only motorbike drivers were subject to these fines. The law was put in place after several deadly crashes, including one in October 2014 when a bus driver in the central province of Nghe An killed a family of three on a motorbike. Police found the driver had been talking on his cellphone at the time of the tragedy. But many drivers are not deterred by either the fatal risks or the penalties.…... [read more]

Taiwan sees good potential for medical cooperation with VietnamHoang Nhung HCMC – Taiwan sees strong potential for boosting medical cooperation with Vietnam, especially in medical tourism and supply of medical equipment for Vietnamese hospitals, said Angela Chang, director of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. Speaking on the sidelines of an exhibition on Taiwan’s general healthcare held in HCMC from July 25 to 29, Chang said more Vietnamese patients have traveled to Singapore, Thailand, China and Taiwan for medical treatment. There were up to 2,000 Vietnamese traveling to Taiwan in 2015 for medical treatment, she said. This is a great opportunity for Taiwan’s healthcare sector to get more customers from Vietnam, especially when medical cost in Taiwan is just about one-fifth of those in Western countries. In addition, investment in medical projects in Vietnam is another sphere of strong potential. In Vietnam, one hospital invested by Taiwan’s Shingmark Enterprise is being built in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. The Shing Mark Hospital has been constructed since 2013 with an initial investment of VND6.4 trillion. After completion, the nine-floor hospital will have 1,500 beds and cover an area of 87,000 square meters. The first 150 beds are ready and the hospital is officially opened for patients from now. Some Taiwanese specialists in the healthcare sector believe Vietnam is in high demand for healthcare investment in the future, and therefore, Taiwan will boost investment in the medical sector in Vietnam and some others in the region. Many Taiwanese experts said they…... [read more]

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