Vietnam to promote tourism in Australia

Pegas Touristik adds more chartered flights to Khanh Hoa Dao Loan By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Pegas Touristik will add one more chartered flight this week connecting Russian capital Moscow and Cam Ranh of Khanh Hoa Province. The service is operated every five days by Russian airline Nordwind. According to Hoang Thi Phong Thu, chairwoman of Anh Duong Tourist Company, the domestic partner with Pegas Touristik, Russian tourist arrivals in Vietnam are in decline, so a small increase in flight frequency is still good news. “In the peak travel season last year we served around 120 flights a month but saw a mere 30-35 flights last month,” she said. “The market has yet to show positive signs but we’re still trying to maintain operations. Pegas Touristik brings Russian tourists to 22 foreign markets but still regards Vietnam, Thailand, Egypt and Turkey as its four major markets.” Russia is an emerging market for Vietnam’s tourism sector in recent years. However, Russian arrivals in Vietnam have shrunk rapidly in the past few months due to Western sanctions. More than 68,000 Russians visited Vietnam in the first two months this year, down 25.7% against a year earlier. The fall in Russian tourists has led many chartered flights to be canceled. Vietnam Airlines has suspended Moscow-Cam Ranh service. From March 18 to 21, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and some enterprises attended an international travel and tourism exhibition in Russia to meet partners and hold a roadshow to…... [read more]

The project was deployed from August 8 to December 31, 2016 in destinations considered symbolic sites of Vietnamese tourism such as West Lake in Hanoi, Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City and My Khe beach in Da Nang. Hanoi will be the first city to implement the project, from August 20 to September4. The photo capture position is Thanh Nien Street, in front of Tran Quoc Pagoda. An automatic camera allows visitors to take selfie photos covering a panorama of Truc Bach and West Lakes. It uses a super high definition camera and cellphone technology to take photos. Pcture takers can download an application from VNTRIP to their mobile phone, which then connects with the camera placed at 100 meters. The project will be implemented in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. The organising board is expected to launch the project in other destinations across the country in 2017 if it receives positive responses. ‘Super selfie’ is inspired by the GIGA selfie of Australia project to attract Japanese travelers, which saw great success last September in the country. GIGA selfie allows tourists to take a photo that includes a generous part of the landscape in which it is located. It works with an app that allows taking pictures with a high quality cameras that are located in certain tourist spots in the country. For the app to work, people should settle in a specific place and operate the camera from a distance with their phone. For more…... [read more]

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Vietnam should focus on promoting its culinary delights to attract more European tourists to the country, according to suggestions put forward at a conference held in the United Kingdom on November 2. The conference, jointly organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK, aimed at finding ways to promote local tourism in European countries in the 2015-17 period, the Vietnam News Agency said. One of the activities suggested at the event was to introduce Vietnamese cuisine to foreign friends as a way to promote Vietnam's tourism. This concept is also known as 'food tourism' - or 'culinary tourism' - which is defined as experiencing the food of a country, region, or area and is now considered a vital component of the tourism experience. In a recent interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Vietnam Tourism Ambassador to the European Union Bobby Chinn also pointed out the important relationship between food and tourism promotion. Besides managing a restaurant in London that mainly serves typical Vietnamese dishes, the New Zealand chef and TV host also finds opportunities to promote Vietnamese cuisine in both local and foreign media. "You can't get that in a fake culture showcase venue - you experience that in the real world. If you like the food, come to experience it at its origin," Chinn said while encouraging people to visit the country whose food impresses them. Another way to promote tourism is through the media, as proposed at the conference.…... [read more]

(Cinet)- On March 11, in Hanoi, Thua Thien Hue Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the Ha Noi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a conference "Promoting Hue's tourism 2013 ". Conference is beginning activity for the program's media campaign.The conference also announced the stimulus plan in 2013 and the events of culture, tourism in Thua Thien Hue province; displaying some images, representative publications, cultural characteristics, Hue's tourism, thereby promoting tourist destinations of Thua Thien Hue. In exchange, discussion, representatives from tourism businesses of Hanoi - Hue also pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of the two parties in the coordination of tourist operators, and more solution in order to attract tourists to Hanoi and Hue. At the meeting, the Hue city People's Committee said , Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2013 will be held from April 27- May 01, 2013. Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2013 is the appearance of the exhibit "Heritage in the process of transformation" - touring exhibition Metamorphoses from France to introduce five more skillful technical textile industry of France and thecreative contemporary breath. A series of events that highlight the same parallel as the "Miracle" in the presence of the designer Minh Hanh and the participation of Francoise Hoffmann (France), Patis Tesoro (Philippines), Kinor Yang (Hong Kong);"Bamboo Exhibition" of France; Showroom introduce products of 20 artisans, designers, artists such as: hand-woven, in frame weaving art 3-dimensional, realistic painting on canvas, hand-embroidered works. The conference was organized to promote the image, land, people…... [read more]

Central Vietnam has great potential for developing into an attractive tourist destination with its vast beautiful beaches and a number of world heritage sites. For this reason many hotels, restaurants and resorts have sprung up here in recent years, however, trained human resource is still lacking to make the tourist sector more effective and vibrant.According to travel agents operating in Central Vietnam, at least 35 qualified Thai speaking tourist guides are immediately required for Thai visitors. There also is a severe shortage of Lao tourist guides as well. In the entire central area from Thua Thien-Hue to Thanh Hoa Province there is only one tourist guide in Quang Tri who can speak the Lao language.Resorts and hotels in Thua Thien-Hue Province are short of staff who can speak Thai and Lao languages while the number of holidaymakers from the two countries account for 40 percent of tourists to the region. Staff members in resorts and hotels only speak English to Lao and Thai people, and that too not very well. The language and culture difference is a great barrier in providing good service in these places.The central city of Da Nang is the first holiday destination tourist arrive at by air or sea, to continue their trip to the ancient citadel of Hue; the ancient town of Hoi An-a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the World Cultural Heritage Site of My Son; Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh-another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The City is…... [read more]

It is expected that the development strategy for Vietnam Tourism to 2020, vision 2030, which has been approved by the Prime Minister, could actively foster the management and development of the sector. However, there exist some certain obstacles in implementation of the strategy which should be resolved appropriately in order to fulfill the target of developing tourism into a key sector of the national economy. Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, had an interview with Ha Noi Moi Newspaper on the above issue. A new grand opportunity for Vietnam Tourism The development strategy for Vietnam Tourism to 2020, vision 2030 has been approved by the Prime Minister. From angle of the sector's administration, how do you assess the impact of the strategy on the development of Vietnam Tourism? - The strategy plays a significant role in the sector's development and could help bring a new position for tourism sector with higher contribution to national GDP, positive influence on other sectors' operation, creation of jobs and other considerable social-politic effects. Thus, this could be a new grand opportunity for tourism sector. Do you think it is reasonable to name this a "grand opportunity"? - It is, I think. The strategy, a guideline document of the sector, is both general and particular. We can see the interest of the Government in the tourism sector through 5 strategic opinions and other targets in tourism development. This affirms the position and role of tourism in the…... [read more]

The Tourism Information Technology Center (under Vietnam National Administration of Tourism) on March 25 chaired a seminar on promoting tourist destinations in Vietnam using 3D online media. The seminar had the attendance of tourism managing officials from Culture, Sports and Tourism Departments of Ha Noi, Nghe An, Ninh Binh and Lao Cai, together with key staff of TITC. In the presentation, Mr. Terence Mak - CEO of Singaporean 3rd Planet Ptd. - underlined the outstanding effect of 3D online media on promoting tourist destinations, which would be a helpful technical solution to draw more visitors by introducing destinations more lively and effectively. He estimated that there, so far, have been some 580 million people using this media worldwide and the number would increase to 1 billion people by 2018. The participants also spent time on debating the topic and hoped that the application of 3D technology would be a new approach to tourist promotion, helping improve destinations' images and attract more tourists to Vietnam. By T.P (TITC)... [read more]

Around 10 provinces will attend the 7th Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival for Ethnic Groups in the Northwestern Region to be held in the northern province of Phu Tho from April 14-17. This year's festival is aimed at boosting solidarity among ethnic people and promoting tourist destinations in the region. Major festival events will take place at the Hung Kings' Temple with incense offering ceremonies and a parade. Competitions of sports and folk games of the ethnic people in the region and exhibitions of their culture and artworks will also be held.... [read more]

The 30-metre-high Buddha statue at CamMountain is one of the attractions in An Giang Province, which is promoting tourist destinations at the Mekong Festival. Coconut candy from Ben Tre, fermented pork rolls from Dong Thap, p?a cake from Soc Trang, salted fish from Chau Doc in An Giang. All this and more can be sampled at a fair at this year?s Mekong Delta Festival in LongXuyenCity in An Giang Province. Besides food, many of the 300 stalls at the Children Cultural House sell arts and crafts from the region, Vung Tau and even Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia. These make for good souvenirs for tourists who want to bring some presents back home. But the fair is just one of many activities at the second Mekong Festival in the southern province of An Giang from today until Sunday. The opening ceremony, for one, will take place tonight with some acts linking the past to the present. Members of various ethnic minority groups, including the Cham, Khmer and Kinh, will put on songs and dances for the ceremony and the following nights. More traditional music, drum beating and dragon dances will also be part of the shows. One of the festival?s traditional activities, boat racing, will take place on the Mekong between Hoang Dieu and Duy Tan bridges in Long Xuyen on Saturday and Sunday. Further culinary experiences take centerstage in the eating and drinking contest. Tourists will be able to taste anabas cooked with pepper, grilled fish, eel…... [read more]

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