Quang Nam taps potential of coastal economic zones

Young photographer Nguyen Hoang Phi’s photos about sunrise at Long Hai fishing port in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau capture the everyday activities of fishing communities. Phi said that being born in Long Hai District, he wanted to capture the life of local people. The photos were taken at Long Dien District’s Long Hai fishing port and Dat Do District’s Phuoc Hai Beach. Long Hai is a coastal town in Long Dien District. Apart from tourism services and salt production, Long Hai is a major supplier of seafood for southeastern provinces.  Spending some time at Long Hai fishing port in the early morning, visitors can see its bustling atmosphere as fishermen and vendors gather to trade freshly caught fish. Fishing is a major source of revenue for Long Hai residents. The fishing port which was set up a very long time ago is often more bustling between 13th and 15th of every lunar month as fishing boats return after going offshore.       The port opens very early and activities can finish by 8 am. After classifying fish for sales, many people carry ice to market to preserve the fish.       Long Hai is a major supplier of seafood for southeastern provinces dtinews... [read more]

The Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ is promoting community tourism on Cồn Sơn Islet in Bình Thủy District. Breath of fresh air: The 67ha islet attracts tourists with its serene setting, fresh air, fruit orchards, floating houses, and delicious traditional southern cakes made by locals. - Photo tuoitre.vn “The city aims to turn Cồn Sơn into a popular attraction for local and foreign tourists,” Lê Văn Tâm, deputy chairman of the Cần Thơ People’s Committee, said. Situated in the Hậu River, a tributary of the Cửu Long (Mekong), the 67ha islet attracts tourists with its serene setting, fresh air, fruit orchards, floating houses, and delicious traditional southern cakes made by locals. It is 600 metres from the river bank and takes only five minutes by boat from Cô Bắc boat station. According to Phan Thị Nguyệt, deputy chairwoman of the Bình Thủy District People’s Committee, 74 households live on the islet, earning their livelihoods from farming and tourism. Fifteen of them offer community tourism services to tourists such as catching fish in ponds, making cakes together with their hosts, visiting fruit orchards and homestay. Tâm said the city would provide all required support for the islet, with top priority being its infrastructure. There is now only one boat to Cồn Sơn from Cô Bắc boat station, and the city plans to build a new boat station. The city will…... [read more]

Can Tho City is looking to cash in on a "flying fish" show that has wowed tourists to develop an eco-tourism site on an isolated islet, immediately triggering concerns that too many touristy activities would alter an otherwise serene area. The move is part of a bigger blueprint that enlists investment in a number of socio-economic development projects in what is considered the capital of Vietnam's Mekong Delta. The tourism project in Can Tho will cost an estimated $50 million and cover the entire 74-hectare (183-acre) islet, providing tourists with modern entertainment and eco-tourism services, according to the blueprint. Investors will be offered preferential loans and support to clear the site. Son Islet lies in the middle of the Hau River that runs through Can Tho, and is currently home to 79 households. Since mid-2015, locals have been developing community-based tourism services to give visitors a chance to experience southern life. Last year, a farmer launched a show he nicknamed “flying fish” after training captive snakehead fish to jump out of the water in unison. The show has lured even more tourists to Son Islet and has been praised for its “uniqueness” and “creativity”. Unsurprisingly, the master plan for Son Islet has immediately proved a tough sell to some skeptics who say the city should just leave the islet for the farmers instead of turning it into some kind of Disneyland for adults. A VnExpress reader named Moon wrote in a comment: “Please just keep the islet in its primitive…... [read more]

Selling tours online, according to experts, is a growing trend which all travel firms have to join if they don’t want to lose customers. Lai Viet Anh, deputy director of the E-commerce and Information Technology Agency, said that up to 45% of Vietnamese internet users book hotel services or air tickets, with the figure increasing by 11% per annum.  It is expected that the SE Asian online tourism market would have value of US$90 billion in the next three years. A survey by Nielsen Vietnam found that tourism service ranks third among the products and services that Vietnamese people spend most money on through e-commerce channels, just after fashion and books, music and confectionary. However, the number of travel firms investing the channel remains modest because of many barriers, including capital, marketing and sale techniques. Eleven years ago, Vietravel began thinking of selling tours online when launching https://travel.com.vn. Sources said the travel firm poured a lot of money into the website and the advertisement alone cost US$100,000 in the first year.  Vietravel firm has also developed other channels, including Facebook to support online sales. It now has 30 online marketing staff officers. However, an analyst said the number of travelers booking tours online increased considerably only in the last two years. About 4,000 travelers booked tours online in 2015 and the figure increased by threefold last year (12,000 travelers).  In the first half of 2017, the number of travelers…... [read more]

Huynh Vinh Ai, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, speaks at the seminar (Photo: VNA) Tay Ninh (VNA) – The People’s Committee of southwestern Tay Ninh province held an international seminar on July 31 to introduce its tourism potential, advantages, and development prospects. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Van Tan told participants that located within the southern key economic zone, Tay Ninh shares a 240-km border line with three provinces of Cambodia. It is home to a series of tourist destinations, including Ba Den mountain,  Dau Tieng lake, Cao Dai Holy See, and Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park. Tay Ninh has defined tourism as an important economic sector, which has accounted for about 2.75 percent of its gross regional domestic product in recent years, he said. However, the industry has yet to fully tap its potential, Tan added, citing a number of reasons, including the lack of a long-term strategy, infrastructure facilities and appealing tourism products. Dr. Nguyen The Du from the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management talked about shortcomings of tourism services in Tay Ninh. According to him, local tourism infrastructure facilities, such as hotels and restaurants, remain inexpensive and cater mainly to residents and irregular visitors, while travel agencies lack capacity to offer professional services. Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Nguyen Huu Tho made suggestions for the development of the local tourism sector, which include building a green Tay Ninh city, teaching English for young…... [read more]

In addition to many Vietnamese social enterprises, the number of foreign social enterprises in Vietnam is growing rapidly. When Australian Andrew Souto first visited Vietnam in 2005, he witnessed the plight of children coming from rural areas to cities and towns to earn money for their families. Souto, a motor mechanic, proposed establishing a social enterprise to provide the kids with on-the-job training. With support from the Volunteer International Development Australian Program and the Australian Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, he set up the VIP Bikes Social Enterprise in 2008 to service, repair and rent motorbikes. VIP Bikes currently offers free training in motorbike mechanics for 12 young people in difficult circumstances in the hope that they will be able to earn a living and support their families. Many social enterprises are short of capital and need financial support from international NGOs and professionals such as the Center for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), the British Council & Social Enterprise London, and the One Foundation, just to name a few. These organizations are very experienced in developing self-sustaining methods and business expertise. Under the patronage of these organizations, a number of social projects have got off the ground and paid off well. Most notable is a project called Bloom Microventures, a micro-finance travel and tour enterprise launched by Spaniard Lain Heringman and German Malte Hoefner to train disadvantaged rural women in tourism services. This is a new model aimed at reducing poverty in rural areas and helping international visitors learn more about…... [read more]

After 20 years of implementing the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, the number of Vietnamese businesses has increased remarkably with approximately 170,000 private enterprises, 4,500 State-owned enterprises and 2.5 million traders, alongside thousands of foreign investors and organisations, who have expanded their operations in Vietnam and overseas. However, the total annual revenue of the country’s more than 82 million people is around US$50 billion, which is less than the total revenue of an average powerful global economic group. Obviously, Vietnam wants to establish powerful economic groups to play a key role in the national economy and create a lever for the whole economy amidst global developments. On November 12, 2005, the Vietnam Coal and Minerals Group made its debut in Hanoi, becoming the first of its kind in Vietnam. Accordingly, the coal sector will gradually become a multi-sectoral economic group operating in the form of a parent-subsidiary model. In addition to wholly State-owned companies, it will develop limited companies and joint stock companies. The group’s capital will grow rapidly as it will develop in various areas besides coal, such as electricity, industrial dynamite, mining and energy mechanics, shipbuilding, automobile assembling, mineral exploitation and processing, and tourism services. In its trial run period, its prescribed capital increased from VND2,800 billion in January 2005 to VND4,300 billion in January 2006.Later, the Vietnam Insurance Group, the Vietnam Marine Shipbuilding Group, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group and the Vietnam Garment and Textile Group were established. In the near future, more such economic groups will…... [read more]

Vietnam is among the world’s 150 coastal countries. It has a 3,260 km long coastline, nearly 3,000 islands and two large archipelagoes. Its exclusive economic zone covers more than 1 million square kilometers. Vietnam has the world’s highest ratio of coastline and mainland. And in the 21st century, the countries with or without sea and island areas are exerting every effort to tap full potential of the sea. Marine energy resources include not only oil and gas but also a supply of clean energy resources from water and wind which may help overcome the exhaustion of traditional energy resources. In the past, the sea provided people with fuel resources and other essential things. At present and in the future, the sea may offer more than what it previously gave. For a long time, the sea and island areas have held a strategic position in national construction and development. In recent years, the marine-based economy has greatly contributed to boosting the growth of the national economy. In 2006, the oil and gas sector’s revenue accounted for more than one quarter of the country’s total budget collection and the seafood sector earned over US$3 billion from exports. However, benefits from the sea and island areas have not yet matched their potential and requirements for national development. Despite the EastSea possessing a large sea and island area, Vietnam has not yet worked out a master plan to exploit and protect national natural resources in a comprehensive and effective way. Even though Vietnam has…... [read more]

This is the first visit to the UAE by a Vietnamese Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1993. The visit aims to further strengthen the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and the UAE, particularly in economics, investment and trade, as well as in other areas of strength such as energy, labour, finance, banking and agriculture. The UAE is a monarchial federation comprising seven states, called emirates, namely Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Situated on the eastern part of the Arabian peninsula, it borders Qatar in the north, the Arab Gulf in the east, Saudi Arabia in the west and Oman in the south. As one of the leading economies among the Arab world, the UAE has huge oil reserves of 98 billion barrels, making up 10 percent of global reserves. Its natural gas reserves amount to 5,892 billion cubic metres, ranking fourth after Russia, Iran and Qatar. It is also a leading financial and trade centre in the Middle East. The UAE ranks 17th out of the 61 global competitive economies, 8th among the leading global air service providers and second among regional tourism service providers. It mostly exports crude oil, gas, dried fish and dates, and imports machinery, transport equipment, chemicals and food. In 2008, its exports hit US$207.7 billion, of which 45 percent was generated from crude oil exports. Relations between Vietnam and the UAE have expanded in many areas following the opening of embassies in their…... [read more]

The visits aim to strengthen the ties of friendship and economic and trade cooperation between Vietnam and these countries. Cuba is an archipelago of islands located in the northern Caribbean Sea near the Gulf of Mexico. Cuban is rich in resources such as copper, manganes and oil. Cuba boasts fourth world largest reserves of nickel which is considered as the most important mineral resource. Its key trade items are tourism services, drugs, bio-tech products, nickel, sugar, and cigars. Cuba’s principal imports are food, fuels and staple products. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on December 2, 1960, Vietnam and Cuba have steadily developed bilateral relations. Cuba has always been in the frontline of supporting Vietnam's struggle for independence and freedom and national construction. Cuba attaches great importance to improving cooperation with Vietnam, especially in the fields of construction, transportation, biotechnology, health care, agriculture and sports. Over the past few years, the two countries have frequently exchanged high-ranking visits. Vietnamese leaders who have visited Cuba include Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, former State President Tran Duc Luong, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An and the visits to Vietnam are as following: President Fidel Castro, Vice President Raul Castro and President of Cuba's National Assembly Ricardo Alarcon. Trade between the two countries has steadily increased. The two countries have also co-operated in the fields of oil and gas, consumer goods manufacturing, electronics, services investment, telecommunications and tourism. After Cuba, President Triet will visit…... [read more]

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