Int’l conference promotes sea-island tourism development

Cần Thơ City and Phú Quốc Island will be developed into Mekong Delta tourism centres over the next five years, while Mỹ Tho City in Tiền Giang province will be made a tourism hub for the region's eastern tourism zone. An overall master plan for tourism development in the Mekong Delta region until 2020, with a vision to 2030, has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. The plan aims to develop tourism in line with the region's potential and advantages, affirm the region's position in Vietnam's tourism map and enhance the position and role of tourism in the region's development, thus improving the lives of locals and promoting the region to the country and the world. The Mekong Delta region includes Cần Thơ city and 12 provinces - An Giang, Bến Tre, Bạc Liêu, Cà Mau, Đồng Tháp, Hậu Giang, Kiên Giang, Sóc Trăng, Long An, Tiền Giang, Trà Vinh, and Vĩnh Long - with a total area of 40,576 sq.km. Last year, the region welcomed 5.5 million arrivals, and this figure is expected to increase 15-17 per cent this year. Meanwhile, under the newly-approved plan, the region hopes to welcome 34 million tourists, including 3.5 million foreigners by 2020, and 52 million arrivals with 6.5 million foreigners by 2030. These high figures make this plan an ambitious one for Vietnam's Government. The region targets total revenue of VNĐ25 trillion (US$1.12 billion) by 2020 and $111 trillion ($5 billion) by 2030. To achieve those goals, the region will…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Cần Thơ City and Phú Quốc Island will be developed into Mekong Delta tourism centres over the next five years, while Mỹ Tho City in Tiền Giang province will be made a tourism hub for the region's eastern tourism zone. An overall master plan for tourism development in the Mekong Delta region until 2020, with a vision to 2030, has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. The plan aims to develop tourism in line with the region's potential and advantages, affirm the region's position in Việt Nam's tourism map and enhance the position and role of tourism in the region's development, thus improving the lives of locals and promoting the region to the country and the world. The Mekong Delta region includes Cần Thơ city and 12 provinces - An Giang, Bến Tre, Bạc Liêu, Cà Mau, Đồng Tháp, Hậu Giang, Kiên Giang, Sóc Trăng, Long An, Tiền Giang, Trà Vinh, and Vĩnh Long - with a total area of 40,576 sq.km. Last year, the region welcomed 5.5 million arrivals, and this figure is expected to increase 15-17 per cent this year. Meanwhile, under the newly-approved plan, the region hopes to welcome 34 million tourists, including 3.5 million foreigners by 2020, and 52 million arrivals with 6.5 million foreigners by 2030. These high figures make this plan an ambitious one for Việt Nam's Government. The region targets total revenue of VNĐ25 trillion (US$1.12 billion) by 2020 and $111 trillion ($5 billion) by…... [read more]

Mekong Delta (VNA) – The Prime Minister has approved overall planning a master plan for tourism development in the Mekong Delta region until 2020 with a vision to 2030. The plan aims to develop tourism in line with the region’s potential and advantages, affirm the region’s position in Vietnam’s tourism map and enhance the position and role of tourism in the region’s development, thus improving the lives of locals and promoting the region to the country and the world. The Mekong Delta region includes Can Tho city and 12 provinces - An Giang, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Long An, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, and Vinh Long – with a total area of 40,576.6 sq.km. The region hopes to welcome 34 million tourists, including 3.5 million foreigners by 2020 and 52 million arrivals with 6.5 million foreigners by 2030. The region targets total revenue of 25 trillion VND (1.12 billion USD) by 2020 and 111 trillion VND (5 billion USD) by 2030. To achieve those goals, the region will focus on developing exciting tourism products and national tourism areas. For tourism products, the region will exploit advantages to develop typical, appealing and highly competitive tourism products like experiencing life on rivers, ecological tourism, tours to cultural heritages, sea-island resort tourism, and entertainment. Tourism products in the region also include community tourism, rural tourism, tours to historic-revolutionary sites, and m eetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions/events (MICE) tourism. It will also pay attention…... [read more]

Vietnam’s tourism industry maintains stable growth in 2014 despite facing changes in the international political and economic situation, and difficult domestic situation. However, the tourism sector has a long way to go, creating breakthroughs in developing the industry to promote the strengths of Vietnamese tourism in 2015. Difficult achievements Vietnamese tourism has made remarkable achievements in 2014, although facing many difficulties and challenges. A series of measures have been presented to overcome the decline of visitors, due to complicated regional and world situations. With these solutions in place, the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam in late months of 2014, increased again. The tourism industry made achievements thanks to planned directives, especially though improving the awareness of tourism. In 2014, improving the awareness of tourism drew many changes — tourism is not only considered as relaxation, but also defined as an important economic industry in Vietnam’s socio-economic development strategy. Most provinces and cities have issued resolutions on developing tourism. An achievement of the industry in 2014 was linking provinces to create tourism areas, such as Hanoi–Quang Ninh–Hai Phong; Hue–Da Nang–Quang Nam; Khanh Hoa–Lam Dong; and Binh Thuan–Ba Ria–Vung Tau–Ho Chi Minh City. The industry has focused on exploiting, investing and promoting the value of resources, working out measures to attract investment and building tourism products. Connecting the provinces has affirmed the brand name of different tourism areas, acting as a catalyst for developing other industries. Diversifying tourism and building a brand for Vietnamese tourism were also highlights of the tourism…... [read more]

Dien Bien is known for its cultural and historical destinations and is regarded as a place where historical values of the nation are kept and appraised via the landslide Dien Bien Phu victory. In addition, Dien Bien is blessed with numerous other advantages for the development of tourism. In recent years, Dien Bien has seen strong socio-economic development and a lot of projects in transport, construction, healthcare, security and national defence. Particularly, cultural projects which have been implemented have helped to attract tourists and thereby contributed to socio-economic development of the province. Identifying historical and cultural tourism to be its strength, Dien Bien has mobilised resources to promote historical heritages and traditional cultural values of ethnic minority groups residing within the province with a view to developing unique tourism products and drawing a larger number of tourists, as well as extending their accommodation in the area. Mr Pham Van Hung, Director of Dien Bien Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, shared, "In line with socio-economic development, the Party Committee, authority and people of Dien Bien are making efforts to preserve and improve local traditional cultural values and promote tourism development. The major products being aimed at by Dien Bien include historical tourism, religious tourism, eco-tourism and community-based tourism." Dien Bien has been studying the National Tourism Development Strategy in order to develop an appropriate tourism strategy for the province until 2030. Activities being implemented include a strong focus on historical tourism and eco-tourism, and the development of various tourism…... [read more]

(VEN) - Nature has bestowed a diversity of natural landscapes on Quang Binh with plains, mountains, lakes and islands. The province is located at the intersection of the north-south railway, Highway 1A, and the Ho Chi Minh Highway as well as roads connected to Laos. Quang Binh has many advantages and the potential for diversified and sustainable tourism development. Quang Binh is closely linked to the Bau Tro culture which dates back 4,000 years. The province is also keeping several sites including Quang Binh Quan, Luy Thay and Trinh-Nguyen palaces and famous historical battlegrounds in the struggle against the French and Americans, such as Cu Nam, Canh Duong, Cha Lo, Cong Troi, Long Dai and remnants of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Quang Binh is also a place of convergence for the cultural heritages of the north central regions. Therefore, the province has retained distinctive culture features, expressed through its festivals, such as a traditional swimming festival, the Moon Festival in Minh Hoa District, the Dap Trong Ma Coong Festival in Trach District and the its vibrant folk songs. The Nhat Le River flows through the heart of the city; and the city benefits from its nearby surrounding canals and Nhat Le, Quang Phu, Bao Ninh, and Da Nhay beaches and Bang hot mineral spring. The most striking tourism location in the province is Phong Nha-Ke Bang, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site with outstanding geological features formed over 400 million years, containing more than 300 small and large caves.…... [read more]

Viet Nam's rich, ancient cultures go hand in hand with national tourism (24-08-2009) The director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Van Tuan, spoke to Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about measures to boost tourism. What do you think about tourism promotion activities? They are limited due to lack of finance. There have been no large-scale and effective promotion programmes. However, we still have to do our best with what we've got. It is essential to link tourism and cultural promotion programmes in each region because tourism activities are linked to the culture and people of Viet Nam. When the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is merged into the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, tourism promotion activities will be strengthened. There is still a lack of highly competitive tourism products. What does the VNAT plan to do to solve the problem? Viet Nam has a rich cultural and ecological environment, but it still lacks professional tourism products. This problem cannot be tackled immediately. However, our economy is at the beginning of a development period. In the past 20 years, there has been steady overall progress, including in the tourism sector. Compared with 10 years ago, the tourism sector in Viet Nam has created favourable infrastructure, tourism sites and tourism products. However, the more developments made, the more shortcomings were found in investing in tourism products. To create unique tourism products capable of attracting both domestic and foreign tourists, it is…... [read more]

In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members.  “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote.  After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation.  The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.  Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the Deputy PM added.  He also recalled the signing of the ASEAN Charter in 2007, turning ASEAN from a merely cooperation organisation into a legal entity.  Despite close geographical locations, the ASEAN member countries have different political systems, cultures, languages and development levels. However, the gaps have been narrowed and the establishment of the ASEAN Community on December 31,…... [read more]

ASEAN was formed in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 (Source: asean.org)   Hanoi (VNA) – With its goodwill, endeavours, enthusiasm and responsibility, Vietnam has significantly contributed to the common achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has written in an article marking the group’s 50th founding anniversary. In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members. “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote. After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the establishment of the Vietnam Press Museum run by the Vietnam Journalists’ Association. The museum will be located on Duong Dinh Nghe street, Yen Hoa ward, Cau Giay district of Hanoi, as part of the national museum system. It is tasked to collect, preserve and exhibit cultural heritage showing the development of Vietnam’s press, and will conduct research serving the protection of Vietnamese press’s cultural heritage value. The PM also okayed the adjustment of the planning scheme for the development of industrial parks (IPs) in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak until 2020. The Government leader agreed on the expansion of the Hoa Phu IP with additional area of 150 hectares, and the addition of a new project of Phu Xuan IP in Ea Drong commune, Cu M’gar district with an area of 325.6 hectares. The PM assigned the provincial People’s Committee to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to adjust the land use plan and submit it to the Government for approval. The provincial People’s Committee was also asked to conduct procedures to form the IPs in different periods to suit the investment attraction of the province, while supervising the observation of legal regulations on environmental protection, and transforming the land use purpose and design measures to stablise the lives of locals whose land is revoked for the IP construction. The PM also asked the province to build houses and other utilities for workers at the IPs. VNA... [read more]




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