Promoting tourism in central region

For women, only by men VietNamNet Bridge – Around 60km from downtown of capital Ha Noi, Trach Xa Village in Ung Hoa District has been known for making tradional long dress ao dai for centuries. Male bastion: For a very long time, only men were taught and allowed to make an áo dài in Trach Xa Village.--VNS Photo Doan Tung A strange feature of this fame, however, has been the fact that the iconic national dress for women was made exclusively by men. To this day, 90 per cent of the local tailors are men, owing to a long-standing rule in the region: the job was taught only to men. Explaining the special rule, Nguyen Van Nhien, 84, who has been an ao dai maker for 65 years, said that in the old days, local inhabitants had to go far away to work as dress makers to earn their living. Only men could travel thus. Women were not believed strong enough to travel so often and so far, so they stayed at home to do housework and farm work. Locals also believed that the ao dai designed and tailored by men was more beautiful than those done by women! However, the craft was first taught to the village’s inhabitants by a woman. Nguyen Thi Sen, a concubine of King Dinh Tien Hoang (AD924 - 979) became the first dress maker in Trach Xa after learning the craft from the King’s Palace in the northern province of Ninh Binh. She also…... [read more]

On July 11, 2017, THACO officially handed over 12 double-decker tour buses for Empire Group. These buses are dedicated for travel and are quite popular and familiar to visitors in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Hong Kong or Singapore. After over a year of research, THACO Research and Development Centre (R&D) has launched the double-decker tour buses (54 seats-42 seats on the upper deck and 12 on the lower deck) of European standards, applying the most advanced technology, manufactured with components imported directly from Germany, Japan, and South Korea, meeting strict quality requirements, and making the ideal vehicle for sightseeing activities in tourism cities. The bus consists of two decks with a roof top, clear space and visibility, a suitable choice for sightseeing. The bus is equipped with a mini bar, a multi-language touch screen system incorporating global GPS navigation which automatically provides destinations for foreign tourists. The body structure and chassis of the bus are designed by Full Monocoque technology, the most advanced technology in the world today. The Hino engines were imported from Japan. The six-speed automatic transmission system, front and rear axles, disc brakes, pneumatic suspension and steering systems, among others, were imported from ZF Group (Germany). The automatic transmission incorporates a modern hydraulic braking system, a pneumatic suspension system, combined with the Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) from  Germany to keep the bus stable and safe in every road condition. This is a special dedicated…... [read more]

Viet Nam welcomed more than 7.2 million foreign tourists from January to July, up 28.8 per cent from the same period last year. — Photo baodulich The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) will focus on tourism promotion activities abroad from now to the end of the year. The agency plans to organise a programme to promote Viet Nam’s tourist destinations in China, a leading market for the country’s tourism sector. Around 2.2 million Chinese vacationers visited Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 51 per cent. Between August 18 and 23, several tourism promotion events will be held in China, at Xiamen City in Fujian Province, Baotou City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Nanchang City in Jiangxi Province. These events are expected to see the participation of 300 to 350 local travel firms. Besides China, the VNAT will carry out promotional tourism programmes in other markets such as Australia, Northern Europe, Japan, and the ASEAN region in August and September. The agency will also participate in major international tourism fairs such as the JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo from September 21-24; the Top Resa Tourism Trade Fair in Paris from September 26-29; the International Travel Fair in Taiwan from October 27-30; and the World Travel Market in London from November 6-10. The VNAT is also simultaneously promoting tourism through websites vietnamtourism.gov.vn, vietnamtourism.com and vietnamtourism.vn, as well as social networks. Viet…... [read more]

First flight from Chiang Mai lands at Dong Hoi Airport in Quang Binh Province on August 11. It’s the first international connection between central Viet Nam and northern Thailand. — Photo courtesy Jetstar Pacific The first flight between Chiang Mai, Thailand and Dong Hoi City in Quang Binh Province was officially launched on August 11 on the first air route connecting central Viet Nam and northern Thailand. Budget airline Jetstar Pacific said 350 passengers took the 1:40 hour flight from Chiang Mai to Dong Hoi City and back on an Airbus A320. Jetstar Pacific said it offers one-way tickets for VNĐ620,000 (US$27.4) on the new route. Currently, two weekly flights are scheduled - on Mondays and Fridays. The company says more than 5,000 passengers have already booked flights on the newly-launched Chiang Mai-Dong Hoi. According to the provincial tourism department, the new air route will help Thai tourists travel to destinations in central and northern Viet Nam, such as Hoi An, Ninh Binh, Ha Long, Ha Noi and Sa Pa, while Vietnamese visitors will be able to take advantage of it to tour famous sites, including Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luan, Wat Phra Sigh, Wat Ung in Chiang Mai. Quang Binh Province, known for beautiful beaches, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and limestone caves, hosted two million tourists, 50,000 of them foreigners, in the first half of this year. In July, a film team from Thailand filmed the caves in Quang…... [read more]

The recent tourism boom is fueling the rise of condotels in Vietnam, but both officials and industry insiders have warned of a supply surplus and a lack of legal guidelines for the new realty market. Condotels, short for condo hotels, have been springing up in Vietnam over the past five years, especially in popular tourist destinations such as Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Many investors prefer them as they can resell individual condotels to small investors instead of bearing the financial responsibility for an entire project. Subinvestors are usually promised a share of the profit after around 10 years. Along the coasts of Da Nang and Nha Trang, dozens of condotel projects are being built. One of them is a 25-story project with more than 1,000 units standing on the famous My Khe Beach in the heart of Da Nang. In Nha Trang, around 20 projects with more than 10,000 units have been licensed, and a tenth of them are already in service. Dong Luong Son, the vice chairman of Khanh Hoa Province's Tourism Association, said the tourism boom has heated up the resort property market. The province’s international airport in Cam Ranh receives up to 70 flights a day, and hotels in town as well as the nearby Nha Trang are usually fully booked, which makes condotels an attractive new investment option, he said, as cited by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. A survey showed that 7,000 new apartments were completed in Khanh Hoa last year, and 70…... [read more]

The growth was particularly high in summer months.  Last year Vietnam welcomed 10 million foreign visitors and served 62 million domestic travelers earning US$18 billion.  Vietnam plans to increase the number of foreign arrivals to 13 million this year, up 30%. The country has accelerated promotion activities, diversified and improved services, and increased airline connection.  Nguyen Van Tuan, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said, “Creating new products and renewing old products is the way we become more professional. We need to connect destinations with unique products of each locality to lure more visitors." "We need to attract strategic investors in a professional and scientific way to create major tourism projects. It’s important to make promotion activities in key markets more focused. Security, safety, and environmental hygiene are also prerequisites to sustain tourism growth,” he added. Vietnam aims to develop tourism into a spearhead economic sector by 2020 with the target of receiving up to 20 million foreign arrivals and 82 million domestic tourists, contributing 10% to the GDP, and earning US$35 billion. By 2030, tourism, a spearhead economic sector, will drive the development of other sectors and Vietnam will be one of the leading Southeast Asian countries with strong tourism growth.   Mr. Tuan said, “A Party resolution defines tourism development as a strategic direction in the national socio-economic development. The whole political system, sectors, localities and the public are urged to join efforts to…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Two stones found at a construction site in Quang Ngai City last week are vestiges of a complex of Cham Towers that used to stand in the area more than a millennia ago, officials believe. Historical vestige: A stone found on a construction site has been identified as being part of a Cham Tower built between the 10th and 11th centuries in what is Quang Ngai Province today. Photos: Huyen Trang/VNS Nguyen Dang Vu, Director of the provincial Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, told Viet Nam News that the two stones – 80cm and 1.3m long – are thought to be from the Chanh Le Tower, built in the 10th or 11th century. He said the two stones were unearthed when workers were digging at a construction site on Le Huu Trac Street. “These stones are left from the ruined Cham tower in the province. The tower had been excavated in 1904 by French archeologist Henri Parmentier,” Vu said. “The tower, believed to have been built in the 10th or 11th century, was found in a badly damaged condition,” he added. He said the first excavation near Tran Phu Street in 1904 had unearthed more than 100 items including statues of Shiva and Brahma, two of the principal deities of Hinduism, and Apsaras, celestial dancers. The two stones will be preserved at the provincial museum and displayed in its Cham towers collection, Vu said. According to archaeologists, the Chanh Le Tower was built to honour the King…... [read more]

The winning design for new cruise ships in Ha Long. Photo courtesy of Quang Ninh Newspaper The scenery across Vietnam's world-famous Ha Long Bay is set to change following a decision to scrap all wooden junks that currently cruise the bay's turquoise waters. Tour operators have been given three award-winning designs to choose from to build new steel-hulled vessels. A total of 14 designs were rated for technical safety, environmental protection and compatibilty with the scenery and local port. The winner was designed by the Viet Han Ship Design and Engineering Services JSC. Second place went to the Vietnam Marine Technology Development and Technical Investment JSC, while third spot went to the Shipbuilding Science and Technology Institute. The second place design. Photo by Quang Ninh Newspaper There are currently 151 companies operating on the bay, and they have been instructed to contact the designers. No deadline has been announced, and neither have any cost estimates. Ha Long Bay was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam. Quang Ninh received 8.3 million visitors last year, up 7 percent from 2015, including 3.5 million foreigners, according to official data.  However, safety remains a concern among tourists on cruise trips. A number of fires have been reported in recent years, including the latest incident in January when a ship carrying 14 foreigners went up in flames. Another ship also caught fire in March while it was docked for the night. And fires…... [read more]

The suspect, a 36-year-old Algerian man, has been hospitalized after police shot him five times. The suspected terror attack follows a string of assaults that have hit France since January 2015, claiming more than 230 lives. The servicemen were hit by a BMW which drove down a quiet street in the upmarket western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret at around 8:00 a.m. (0600 GMT). It accelerated as it neared the troops, rammed into them and then sped away. Three were shocked and lightly hurt, while the other three sustained more serious injuries which are not life-threatening, officials said. "I heard a huge crash which I thought was the sound of scaffolding being put up," said Thierry Chappe, an AFP employee who lives in a building opposite the crime scene. Some 300 police later tracked the rented vehicle to a motorway near the northern port of Calais. After a chase, officers opened fire, wounding the unarmed driver who was arrested then taken to hospital, sources involved in the manhunt said. The suspect lived in the Yvelines suburb of Paris and had no previous convictions. Pictures showed the black BMW with a crumpled front end and smashed windscreen on the A16 motorway. An AFP journalist saw masked police carrying out a search in Bezons in the northwestern Paris suburbs. Soldiers on the street The servicemen targeted in the assault were part of the 7,000-strong anti-terrorism Sentinelle force set up in January 2015 after jihadist gunmen attacked the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo,…... [read more]

PARIS: French police shot and arrested a suspect in a dramatic motorway chase Wednesday (Aug 9) after a car smashed into soldiers outside a barracks in a Paris suburb, injuring six. An armed French soldier patrols next to a forensic police officer near the site where a car slammed into soldiers in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, on August 9, 2017 AFP/STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN The suspected terror attack follows a string of assaults that have hit France since January 2015, claiming more than 230 lives. The suspect, a 36-year-old Algerian man, has been hospitalised after police shot him five times. The servicemen were hit by a BMW which drove down a quiet street in the upmarket western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret at around 8.00am (0600 GMT). It accelerated as it neared the troops, rammed into them and then sped away. Three were shocked and lightly hurt, while the other three sustained more serious injuries which are not life-threatening, officials said. "I heard a huge crash which I thought was the sound of scaffolding being put up," said Thierry Chappe, an AFP employee who lives in a building opposite the crime scene. Some 300 police later tracked the rented vehicle to a motorway near the northern port of Calais. After a chase, officers opened fire, wounding the unarmed driver who was arrested then taken to hospital, sources involved in the manhunt said. The…... [read more]




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