Ho Chi Minh City opens tourist information stations

Foreigners visit the former imperial capital city of Hue (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam will introduce and promote tourist destinations in three Australian cities – Perth, Sydney and Melbourne – as part of the 2017 National Tourism Promotion Programme, from August 12 to 19. The initiative is an opportunity to promote the country’s landscapes, people and culture and draw more tourists to Vietnam from Australia, as well as a chance for businesses from both nations to explore co-operation activities and expand their market. Speaking at a conference on tourism promotion on August 3, Hoang Nhan Chinh, head of secretary of the Tourism Advisory Board, said that in the future, the General Department of Tourism, Vietnam Airlines, Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre, and the Tourism Advisory Board would co-ordinate and set up tourism booths at leading global trade shows, such as WTA London in the UK and ITB Berlin in Germany. In 2016, Hanoi spent 2 million USD on CNN (Cable News Network) promoting tourism and investment in the country. This April, CNN telecast a 30-minute programme showcasing some of the capital’s stunning landscapes and its popular spots, including the iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, the bustling Old Quarter, as well as some of its signature cuisine. Vietnam aims to welcome 13-15 million foreign tourists this year. Currently, the country’s annual budget on tourism promotion is 2 million USD. To compare, Thailand spends 60 million USD and receives over 30 million international…... [read more]

Making music: A man plays a drum in a traditional Guol (communal house of the ​Co Tu people) in Tay Giang district (Source: VNA) Quang Nam (VNA) - Dance troupes from the Co Tu ethnic group living in the mountainous districts of Nam Giang, Tay Giang and Dong Giang of Quang Nam province will stage the Night Arts Performance of Co Tu People in the ancient city of Hoi An on August 6 night. The Quang Nam provincial Tourism Promotion Centre said it will be the third performance by the Cơ Tu ethnic dance troupes after two nights on June 9 and July 8. The Co Tu dancers will perform the traditional Tan tung da da dance of their group at the city’s Sculpture Park on the Hoai River bank at around 5pm on August 6. The groups will then demonstrate dancing and the art of weaving brocade by hand, as well as gong and drum performances at the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, 26 Phan Boi Chau from 6pm to 7pm on the same day. Traditional crafts, food and souvenirs of the Co Tu people will be on display at the museum for visitors to learn about traditional culture. The last performance will start at around 7.30pm at the Anatara Hoi An Hotel on Pham Hong Thai street near the city’s old quarter. In 2016, four types of cultural heritage – including the art of weaving brocade by hand; the Tan tung da da dance of the Co…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Vietnam will introduce and promote Vietnamese tourist destinations in three Australian cities – Perth, Sydney and Melbourne – as part of the 2017 National Tourism Promotion Programme, from August 12 to 19. The initiative is an opportunity to promote the country’s landscapes, people and culture and attract more tourists to Vietnam from Australia, as well as providing a chance for businesses from both nations to explore co-operation activities and expand their market. Speaking at a conference on tourism promotion on August 3, Hoang Nhan Chinh, head of secretary of the Tourism Advisory Board, said that in the future, the General Department of Tourism, Vietnam Airlines, Hanoi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre, and the Tourism Advisory Board will co-ordinate and set up tourism booths at leading global trade shows, such as the WTA London in the UK and ITB Berlin in Germany. In 2016, Hanoi spent US$2 million on CNN (Cable News Network) promoting tourism and investment in the country. This April, CNN telecast a 30-minute programme showcasing some of the capital’s stunning landscapes and its most popular spots, including the iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, the bustling Old Quarter, as well as some of its signature cuisine. Vietnam aims to welcome 13-15 million foreign tourists this year. Currently, the country’s annual budget for tourism promotion is US$2 million. In comparison, Thailand spends US$60 million and receives over 30 million international tourists every year. ... [read more]

The event, includes an array of highlights, such as a program “Impression to world heritages in Vietnam” in response to the National Tourism Year 2015, “Connecting world heritages in Vietnam,” an exhibition on 40 years of Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector, a festival honoring the city’s tourist sites, and an award ceremony for businesses with outstanding contributions to the development of the city’s tourism sector. Besides, visitors could enjoy many special artistic performances and folk values of Vi-Giam, Gong space culture in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands), Ca Tru ceremonial singing and Hue's royal court music, which have been recognized as intangible cultural heritages of humanity. The organizers gather about 150 booths from Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Tourism Promotion Centres and Sporting Associations from different localities nationwide, and representative offices of tourist agencies from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said over the past ten years, the city’s annual tourism festival has become a good opportunity for provinces, cities, and businesses to introduce their tourism products to international and domestic visitors.... [read more]

The latest figures from the General Statistics Office (GSO), show international arrivals for the 10 months leading up to November dipped 4.1% against last year’s corresponding period to just 6,338,611 travellers. The GSO said its figures also show a clear downward trend in the on-year comparisons for the preceding four months of June, July, August and September with arrivals having fallen off significantly in all four months. However, many experts point out that the GSO lumps all types of entries including travellers on border passes and on business and social visas in the category of international arrivals. “So the collection methods are inherently skewed to make the statistics appear better than they really are,” they say. “The numbers actually even include day trippers on border passes, who don’t even spend a night in Vietnam.” Worse yet they caution, is the fact that many of the international arrivals are backpackers, who bring in very few tourism dollars and do little to buttress long-term sustainability of the industry. Of the 10 month total, 4,507,386 inbound travellers entered through the country’s international airports, 1,792,559 came into the country by road with the balance of 38,666 arriving on board cruise ships. Many of these same experts say the sheer numbers of inbound tourists are paltry by comparison to the tens of millions experienced by countries and regions around the globe of similar size and demographics as Vietnam. Meanwhile Deputy Director Nguyen Bao Anh of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Promotion Centre recently divulged…... [read more]

The delegation had a working session with representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany and the administration council of the Vietnam Trade, Investment, Culture and Tourism Promotion Centre (VietHaus - AG), the Dong Xuan Trade Centre, the Pacific International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Vietnam Business Association in Germany. Ms Hong highlighted HCMCity’s advantages and potential for economic development in various fields. She also wanted to promote exchanges and expand trade and economic relations with German businesses. Both sides discussed measures to boost cooperation in several fields, including promoting exports to Germany and other European countries. During their stay in Germany, the Vietnamese delegation visited an exhibition on handicraft products and home appliances in Frankfurt, the Pacific International Trade Centre and some wholesale markets in Berlin to gain more experience in developing trade.... [read more]

The event was in the framework of the Mekong Delta region Economic Cooperation Forum, which took place in Kien Giang province the same day. Conference delegates proposed that the Government create more open mechanisms for investment attraction in the Mekong Delta and allocate more of its budget for cooperation promotion projects in the region. They said that the Mekong Delta’sprovincial competitiveness index (PCI) is still low and investment promotion centres have not yet established close links to share information. Tran Thanh Moc, Director of the Kien Giang Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Centre, suggested building a common information network and raising a fund to provide subsidized loans for local businesses.... [read more]

The event will be the largest of its kind in the northern border region and provide an opportunity for businesses from the two countries to promote their products, better understand each other's demand and seek new trade partners, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Thanh Bien. It will also offer provinces in the region opportunities to introduce advantages and potential as well as projects seeking investment capital from Chinese investors, he said. This event is expected to attract 300 enterprises showcasing goods at 700 pavilions, said the provincial Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Centre Director Le Tien Dung. Displays will include agricultural products, seafood, automobiles, machinery and equipment, electronics, clothing, footwear, furniture and handicraft, he said. A forum aimed at fostering trade and investment relations between Vietnamese and Chinese firms will be held on the sidelines of the trade fair. At the previous 10th exhibition in 2009, 14 contracts worth US$114 million were signed between Vietnamese and Chinese partners.... [read more]

At a December 13 meeting with Can Tho City leaders, Valido invited Vietnamese businesses to explore investment opportunities in Cuba’s recently constructed tax-exempt industrial zone. Cuba currently prioritises tourism, communal healthcare, agriculture, and industry. Vo Thanh Thong, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee thanked Cuba for the privileges it grants to Vietnamese businesses and especially those investors based in the Mekong Delta investors. He pledged to direct the Can Tho Trade, Investment, and Tourism Promotion Centre to pass on news of the incentives to relevant businesses and work with the Cuban Embassy to introduce the policies in detail.... [read more]

Can Tho Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre Director Nguyen Khanh Tung made the comment at a seminar on August 1, discussing plans for economic development of the Mekong Delta region. The provinces of Ben Tre, Can Tho and Kien Giang are making final preparations to attend an international trade fair entitled Accenta in Flanders, Belgium from September 6-14. Approximately, 46 businesses from Can Tho city have signed up to display their products on a 1,000 sq.m area at the fair. The provinces are also finalising plans to participate in conducting a market survey in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Dubai and in the Middle East’s largest building and construction exhibition, Big 5 Dubai 2014. Meanwhile, southernmost Ca Mau province will join Seafood Japan and the Fine Food fairs in Japan, promote investment and tourism in Australia and take part in Worldfood Moscow 2014, Russia. Kien Giang province is attending an international autumn tourism exhibition in Russia and a number of events in Singapore and China. The region’s export turnover in the first seven months of the year reached US$6.4 billion, up significantly, 233 million over the same period last year. Meanwhile, the Vietnam embassy’s overseas trade offices are keeping Mekong Delta provincial authorities and businesses updated with the latest information on economics, trade and market developments in the resident countries to assist in their efforts to develop new outlets.... [read more]




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