Quan họ performances promote tourism

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]

Mekong Delta provinces are on the right track to lure more holidaymakers and turn tourism into a spearhead industry after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a master plan to develop tourism in the region by 2020 with a vision to 2030. A corner at Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. Kien Giang is among Vietnam’s top tourist destinations, blessed with many must-see attractions, particularly Phu Quoc Island. The province welcomed more than 3 million visitors in the first half of 2017, bringing in some 2.24 trillion VND (98.6 million USD) in revenue, up 20 percent from the same period last year. The number of visitors included about 201,000 foreigners and 1.5 million accommodated travellers, up 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Vu Hong, the increased tourist arrivals were due to the province’s efforts to improve local infrastructure and facilities at tourist spots and beaches and stimulate investment in high-class leisure centres and hotels.  Kien Giang has also connected tours with destinations in neighbouring localities and in other countries like Thailand and Cambodia and ramped up tourism promotion activities, he said. Can Tho received more than 4.5 million holidaymakers in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year surge of 36 percent, helping the city earn about 1.3 trillion VND (57.73 million USD), up 15 percent. Most of the visitors took tours to Cai Rang Floating Market, eco-tours and sightseeing tours on rivers or…... [read more]

Though only 7 per cent of overall online travel sales were made on mobile phones in Vietnam in 2016, such sales grew rapidly from 2013-2016, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) rate of 58.1 per cent, and present the biggest growth opportunity, the latest Criteo-commissioned study conducted by Euromonitor International has found. The new findings were recently revealed by Criteo, a performance marketing technology company. Euromonitor International surveyed 150 Vietnamese to analyze the online travel landscape as well as browsing and purchasing behavior in the country to help travel businesses and online travel agents (OTAs) identify and adopt digital strategies to engage travelers throughout their purchase journey. The research revealed that travel remains an area Vietnamese are devoted to. In 2016, they took 6.9 million outbound trips and 52.8 million domestic trips, while expenditure on leisure and recreation is expected to grow 7.7 per cent CAGR from 2017-2020. Online travel sales have grown 18.3 per cent CAGR in the 2011-2016 period and totaled over $27 million in 2016, but were outpaced by mobile travel sales, which will see double-digit growth of 22.4 per cent CAGR from 2017-2020. “Travel expenditure in Vietnam will rise rapidly due to increasing disposable incomes and growing middle-class affluence,” said Mr. Alban Villani, General Manager, Criteo Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. “Vietnam is a mobile-first society.  The number of smartphone users in Vietnam this year is estimated to reach 28.5 million and will increase to 37.8 million in 2020.” “Travel websites and OTAs therefore…... [read more]

A corner at Cai Rang Floating Market in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Mekong Delta provinces are on the right track to lure more holidaymakers and turn tourism into a spearhead industry after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a master plan to develop tourism in the region by 2020 with a vision to 2030. Kien Giang is among Vietnam’s top tourist destinations, blessed with many must-see attractions, particularly Phu Quoc Island. The province welcomed more than 3 million visitors in the first half of 2017, bringing in some 2.24 trillion VND (98.6 million USD) in revenue, up 20 percent from the same period last year. The number of visitors included about 201,000 foreigners and 1.5 million accommodated travellers, up 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Vu Hong, the increased tourist arrivals were due to the province’s efforts to improve local infrastructure and facilities at tourist spots and beaches and stimulate investment in high-class leisure centres and hotels. Kien Giang has also connected tours with destinations in neighbouring localities and in other countries like Thailand and Cambodia and ramped up tourism promotion activities, he said. Can Tho received more than 4.5 million holidaymakers in the first seven months of this year, a year-on-year surge of 36 percent, helping the city earn about 1.3 trillion VND (57.73 million USD), up 15 percent. Most of the visitors…... [read more]

Formula 1 officials are looking at the possibility of adding Vietnam to its schedule as a replacement for Malaysia, which will end a 19-year relationship with the sport next year, The Sun reported. The report said that the American Liberty Media Corporation, which owns the racing company, and F1 Chief Executive Chase Carey are both open to the new market. F1, officially known as the FIA Formula One World Championship, currently holds races in China, Malaysia and Singapore each season. The 2017 season has 20 races that started in Australia in March and end in Abu Dhabi in November. Several sponsors are keen to increase their market share in Asia-Pacific, and with Malaysia leaving the track after 19 years, there’s space for a replacement. Vietnam opened its first professional racetrack for cars and motorcycles in Long An Province, around 30 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, last year, but the circuit currently does not meet all the requirements set out for the sport. Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone told The Sun that he was offered the opportunity to meet Vietnam’s president last year to discuss holding a race in Vietnam, but he turned it down. He said the country had no “racing history”, which is true if he was referring to official car and motorbike races. Nevertheless, the country has a big interest in racing and many F1 fans travel to Malaysia to watch the spectacle live. A new government decree in February legalized betting on horse and greyhound…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Six months after being introduced, the online registration of foreigners’ accommodations in Viet Nam has yielded effective results, according to police authorities and hotels. Foreigners take a selfie at Ha Noi’s Hoan Kiem Lake on New Year’s Eve 2016/2017.  The online registration has been used since mid-February, allowing those who host or provide accommodations for foreigners residing in Viet Nam to create accounts on the websites of immigration management offices of provincial and municipal police forces. They can then update the information - name, gender, nationality, date of birth and passport numbers - of the foreigners staying with them or at their accommodations upon their arrival. Nguyen Hoang Thai, a receptionist at the Splendid Hotel on Hang Hanh Street in Ha Noi, said the online registration was convenient for both the hotel and guests. Tran Quoc Tuan, service manager of the Apricot Hotel on Hang Trong Street, said the internet-based residence registration saves time, labour and travel cost by precluding the need to go in person to the ward police station to report on foreign clients’ check-in and check-out. Caption Tran Trung Kien, vice head of Hang Trong Ward Police, said the ward located in a busy downtown area in Ha Noi gets registrations of about 1,500 foreigners daily. Police have instructed and encouraged accommodation units to use the online registration, Kien said. Major General Bach Thanh Dinh, vice director of Ha Noi Police, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper that the implementation of the…... [read more]

Police from Quang Yen District in the northern province of Quang Ninh said a barge carrying over 1,000 tonnes of coal sank on Sunday afternoon. An oil leak has been reported at the scene of the accident. The incident occurred at 2m on Sunday while two barges were on their way from Ha Long City to Hai Duong Province.  The rope connecting the two barges suddenly snapped after an encounter with a ship travelling in the opposite direction, causing one barge to overturn and hit the Chanh River’s abutment before sinking. Fortunately, captain Tong Van Hoan, 48, from Nam Dinh Province, and eight sailors onboard reached the shore safely. However, the entire cargo on the barge sank in about 30 minutes. Nguyen Quoc Luu, a witness, said as soon as he heard a scream coming from the barges, he stopped his motorbike and saw the two vessels separated. “One badge had overturned and hit the Chanh River abutment before sinking,” he said, adding that he informed relevant agencies immediately. It is reported that each barge was carrying more than 1,000 tonnes of coal. Local authorities have set up warning signs at the scene and preparations for the salvage of the sunken coal carrier are underway. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.  VNS... [read more]




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