HCMC opens two travel information centers

The plays follow the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism directive to bring high quality art performances back to the prestigious venue since last year. Artists from the Youth Theatre, Hanoi Drama Theatre, Vietnam Drama Theatre, Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry and the Drama Troupe of People’s Army will perform popular plays that have won prizes at national and international contests. The plays are: Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by German director Dominik Gunther (Youth Theatre); Cat Bui (Sand) directed by Xuan Huyen (Hanoi Drama Theatre); Kieu (The tale of Kieu) directed by Anh Tu (Vietnam Drama Theatre); Bao Cua Hoang Hon (Storm at Sunset) directed by Le  Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry) and Duoi Cat La Nuoc (Water Under the Sand) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Army). “These 11 plays do not represent all theatres joining the programme this August,” said People’s Artist Chi Trung, director of the Youth Theatre, “But they are the best we have staged." “I know that every artist having a chance to perform at the Opera House is well aware of his/her responsibility and will do his/her best.” He also said that he expects the plays to attract about 500 people each night. While this is not a big number, it will inspire and encourage actors to follow the career, he added. Dao Van Hoang, deputy head of the culture ministry’s Performing Arts Agency, said the programme will be continued for a longer time, offering chances…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A series of plays by artists from five leading troupes in the capital city will be performed at the Ha Noi Opera House in August. A scene from Caucasian Chalk Circle, a play produced by the Youth Theatre. — Photo nhahattuoitre.vn The plays follow the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism directive to bring high quality art performances back to the prestigious venue since last year. Artists from the Youth Theatre, Ha Noi Drama Theatre, Viet Nam Drama Theatre, Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry and the Drama Troupe of People’s Army will perform popular plays that have won prizes at national and international contests. The plays are: Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by German director Dominik Gunther (Youth Theatre); Cat Bui (Sand) directed by Xuan Huyen (Ha Noi Drama Theatre); Kieu (The tale of Kieu) directed by Anh Tu (Viet Nam Drama Theatre); Bao Cua Hoang Hon (Storm at Sunset) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry) and Duoi Cat La Nuoc (Water Under the Sand) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Army). “These 11 plays do not represent all theatres joining the programme this August,” said People’s Artist Chi Trung, director of the Youth Theatre, “But they are the best we have staged." “I know that every artist having a chance to perform at the Opera House is well aware of his/her responsibility and will do his/her best.” He also said that he expects the plays to attract about…... [read more]

Vietnam welcomed 10 million international visitors last year, the largest number ever, but more spending on tourism promotion is needed, a team of tourism enterprises told the second Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF) early this week. The promotion of tourism remains poor and lacks uniformity and inefficiency. Spending totals about $2 million each year, compared to $69 million in Malaysia, $80 million in Singapore, and $105 million in Thailand. “Investment in promoting Vietnam’s tourism sector is among the lowest in the region, even lower than in Cambodia and Laos,” the team noted. It proposes three issues for the Prime Minister to consider: reviewing and adjusting the overall strategy and master plan for Vietnam’s tourism development by 2020, introducing policies and plans to make tourism a spearhead economic sector with turnover of $35 billion by 2020, and creating a mechanism to provide support in capital and interest rates for tourism enterprises. In response, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that Vietnam’s tourism sector is in the middle of an unprecedented period of high growth, and while growth potential is great there are many bottlenecks. In terms of funding for promoting the country’s image, Mr. Tuan said a tourism assistance fund is expected to be established by the end of this year and will have some VND400-500 billion ($17.6-$22 million) at its disposal. He added that instances of bad behavior in the country’s tourism sector needs to be monitored by localities and that policies…... [read more]

A scene from Caucasian Chalk Circle, a play produced by the Youth Theatre (Photo: nhahattuoitre.vn) Hanoi (VNA) - A series of plays by artists from five leading troupes in the capital city will be performed at the Hanoi Opera House in August. The plays follow the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism directive to bring high quality art performances back to the prestigious venue since last year. Artists from the Youth Theatre, Hanoi Drama Theatre, Vietnam Drama Theatre, Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry and the Drama Troupe of People’s Army will perform popular plays that have won prizes at national and international contests. The plays are: Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by German director Dominik Gunther (Youth Theatre); Cat Bui (Sand) directed by Xuan Huyen (Hanoi Drama Theatre); Kieu (The tale of Kieu) directed by Anh Tu (Vietnam Drama Theatre); Bao Cua Hoang Hon (Storm at Sunset) directed by Le  Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Public Security Ministry) and Duoi Cat La Nuoc (Water Under the Sand) directed by Le Hung (Drama Troupe of People’s Army). “These 11 plays do not represent all theatres joining the programme this August,” said People’s Artist Chi Trung, director of the Youth Theatre, “But they are the best we have staged." “I know that every artist having a chance to perform at the Opera House is well aware of his/her responsibility and will do his/her best.” He also said that he expects the plays to attract about 500 people each night. While this is not…... [read more]

City leader Huynh Cach Mang said that the city delegation organized practical and effective activities to tighten further friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation ties between the two nations within the visit framework.  Particularly, the city's delegation collaborated with leaders of Vientiane capital, Champasak, Savannakhet and Xiangkhouang provinces to co-organize activities marking the 55th establishment anniversary of diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962- 2017) and the 40th anniversary since Vietnam and Laos co-signed Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (July 18, 1977-2017); and localities of Laos to hold a cultural event named “The 2017 Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane and Champasak” with photo exhibition, folk and fashion performances … The events were broadcasted on the Lao National Television and localities, attracting thousands of audiences.  Besides that, the delegation also held Ho Chi Minh City Trade, Services and Tourism in Savanakhet, Conference for Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion in Laos, offering ceremony of cow breed, opening ceremony of photo exhibition about Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and Laos relationship, opening ceremony of reading room for children in Xiangkhouang province. The delegation also visited Vietnamese community in Savannakhet province.  During the visit, the delegation worked and had a discussion with leaders of Vientiane capital, Savannakhet, Champasak and Xiangkhouang provinces also paid a courtesy greeting to Politburo member, Vice President of Laos Phankham Viphavanh, former General Secretary of Party Committe of Laos Khamtay Siphadon, Laotian President Choummaly Sayason, former Prime Minister and President of the Lao Front for National Construction…... [read more]

City leader Huynh Cach Mang said that the city delegation organized practical and effective activities to tighten further friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation ties between the two nations within the visit framework.  Particularly, the city's delegation collaborated with leaders of Vientiane capital, Champasak, Savannakhet and Xiangkhouang provinces to co-organize activities marking the 55th establishment anniversary of diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962- 2017) and the 40th anniversary since Vietnam and Laos co-signed Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (July 18, 1977-2017); and localities of Laos to hold a cultural event named “The 2017 Ho Chi Minh City Days in Vientiane and Champasak” with photo exhibition, folk and fashion performances … The events were broadcasted on the Lao National Television and localities, attracting thousands of audiences.  Besides that, the delegation also held Ho Chi Minh City Trade, Services and Tourism in Savanakhet, Conference for Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion in Laos, offering ceremony of cow breed, opening ceremony of photo exhibition about Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and Laos relationship, opening ceremony of reading room for children in Xiangkhouang province. The delegation also visited Vietnamese community in Savannakhet province.  During the visit, the delegation worked and had a discussion with leaders of Vientiane capital, Savannakhet, Champasak and Xiangkhouang provinces also paid a courtesy greeting to Politburo member, Vice President of Laos Phankham Viphavanh, former General Secretary of Party Committe of Laos Khamtay Siphadon, Laotian President Choummaly Sayason, former Prime Minister and President of the Lao Front for National Construction…... [read more]

Participants celebrate after the finish line at ​Da Nang International Marathon Race last year. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) - More than 5,000 athletes and tourists will race on August 6 in the annual Manulife Da Nang International Marathon, one of the biggest sport events in central Vietnam. The race’s organisers said that this year’s race will offer four categories: full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km), a 10km run and a 5km (Zody Food5K) run. Participants will get a chance to taste cuisine at Zody food court at the East Sea Park on the coast of Da Nang after the race. The marathon will prelude the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, which will take place on November 5-11. The race promises to give runners a memorable experience, from allowing them to enjoy the amazing sunrise to seeing the sights and sounds of the city as it wakes up. Marathoners will pass through five different bridges in Da Nang and explore the stunning coastline of the city. As planned, a Sports Day will prelude the race from 9am till 10pm on August 5, offering many interesting participation activities. The event will include a charity portion to help those in need. All the money raised will be given to support handicapped and orphans, Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, disabled people, the Village of Hope and 15 low-income families in the city. The Silver Strider Club, which is composed of ‘runners and…... [read more]

Sustainable tourism cannot be achieved by simply relying on ecosystems and natural sceneries, but also requires proper care for environmental protection. These are two interrelated and interlinked issues. To solve this puzzle, it is necessary to have a concerted cooperation of State agencies, tourism companies and the whole community as well. Necessary to improve legal documents on environmental protection in tourism business It can be said that regulations on environmental protection in tourism business have been initially established as clear evidence for timely attention of the State and related agencies. However, these regulations have to date remained incomplete, lack of specific mechanisms and measures and lack of clear definitions of responsibility and accountability of related organisations and individuals. On the other hand, managing and supervising the implementation of regulations on environmental protection in tourism business is still ineffective. Rewarding policies for good-performing organisations and individuals and sanctioning policies for serious violators are not enough to deter violations of environmental protection laws. Therefore, it is necessary to urgently complete legal documents on environmental protection in tourism business in order to show specific ways for businesses, organisations and individuals to follow. Enhancing the responsibility of the business and the community In addition, responsible tourism requires travel companies to take responsibility for their tourism operations to protect the environment and avoid other negative impacts on tourism ecosystems. Mr Pham Tien Dung, Director of Goldentours, said, indirect tourism businesses such as hotels, restaurants,…... [read more]

With its positive macroeconomic development and political stability, Vietnam is becoming an attractive destination for foreign investors. And, M&As are given priority because this is the quickest method for foreign investors to enter the Vietnamese market. Improving the environment for better competition According to a research by Jones Lang LaSalle Group (LJJ), macroeconomic indicators, curbed inflation and impressive GDP growth are important factors for investors to consider entering the Vietnamese market. These have helped Vietnam draw a significant value of foreign direct investment (FDI). The JLL research showed that FDI flows were on the upward trend in the first half of 2017. Vietnam attracted about US$19.2 billion of FDI in the six months, up 54.8 per cent year on year. As such, the country remained one of potential investment destinations in Southeast Asia. JLL anticipated that the property market will continue to be active and attract foreign investors in 2017, driven by a host of mergers and acquisitions (M&As). In particular, the hotel segment is drawing the greatest interest of foreign investors. This is completely understandable as the tourism industry is thriving on loosened regulations on visa stay and good tourism infrastructure investment. “We expect this trend will continue in the coming time. Besides, other markets such as industrial zones and education are constantly growing. The affordable housing market is seen as a source of investment capital, largely due to the rise of the middle class,” JJL said. JJL visited that hundreds of millions of…... [read more]

Hanoi has become an attractive investment destination for international-standard amusement parks. A new bright spot on Hanoi's tourism palette will open next year (Illustration) Chairman of Bao Son Group Nguyen Truong Son has announced plans to develop an amusement park inspired by international theme parks like Lotte World in South Korea and Genting Highlands in Malaysia, with a total investment capital of $150 million. The construction is expected to be conducted in the next year in the campus of Bao Son Paradise Park. This pushes the total investment capital in Bao Son Paradise Park to VND5.5 trillion ($241.9 million). The group expects that the project will help Bao Son Paradise Park become an indispensable destination for foreign visitors in Hanoi as well as a half of the Vietnamese population. The information was announced in the opening ceremony of the safari complex in Bao Son Paradise Park, marking the opening of the first safari in Hanoi and the fourth in Vietnam. The 2.6-hectare safari comprises of a complex of waterfalls, a bird park, rivers, and primeval forest mountains. The site has various animals from South Africa and North America, such as zebras, white tigers, white lions, dotted hyenas, cheetahs, and more. Earlier in September 2, 2016, Sun Group organised the ground-breaking ceremony of the 198-hectare Kim Quy (Golden Turtle) Amusement Park, in Dong Anh district. The $209-million park features both the traditional culture of…... [read more]




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