Tourism fails to pick up on National Day

Travel agents are holding low expectations for the industry’s growth despite various discount programmes as people only have one day off for National Day on September 2. Short tour packages are preferred Pham Bich Ngoc from Vietrantour Company said her company was offering several trips for the event. Customers on a tour to South Korea will be given VND1 million (USD47) and voucher for anyone who like to go shopping at Lotte Duty Free. While a trip to the UK dropped by VND10 million, to VND52.9 million. The prices of a European tour have also been sliced by VND15 million, to VND44.9 million. For in-bound tours, Truong Thi Minh, vice director of Saigontourist, said a four-day Hanoi-Danang-Hoi An-Cham Island-Ba Na Hill tour now only costs VND5.65 million, a VND2.99 million discount. While the cost of four-day tour from Hanoi to Buon Ma Thuot decreased by VND3.9 million, to VND6.09 million. Tran Tuan Anh, deputy director of Vietravel in Hanoi said because people only have one … [Read more...]

Sustainable homestay tourism taking shape

(VOV) - The escalating number of international tourists visiting Vietnam over recent years has motivated almost every ethnic group to set up their own homestay and this type of tourism is rapidly gaining in popularity. For ethnic groups in mountainous areas that cannot make extensive infrastructural investment but possess an abundance of tourism richness, homestays are an attractive tourism product. It entails a tourist living in an ethnic minority household to experience and learn about their way of life including local food and drinks and interaction with family members and friends. The tourist also has an opportunity to partake in daily activities such as cooking, farming and shopping. A few years ago, the livelihood of Giang A Tu and his wife-Ma Thi Chu in Giang Ta Chai village, Ta Van commune, Sapa district in the northern province of Lao Cai centred solely on rice cultivation and selling a few novelty items and souvenirs to passing tourists. Now they operate a homestay, which … [Read more...]

Tourist Attractions: Busy during National Day Holiday

The four-day holiday for National Day 2014 has driven a high travelling demand of Vietnamese people. This is also a golden opportunity for travel operators in Hanoi to discount tour prices, improve service quality and open new tours to draw more tourists. Orders for the holiday have increased from 20 percent from a year ago since June 2014, according to many travel agencies. Tourists are very interested in new domestic destinations. Vietrantour Company has opened air and road tours to Sunspa Quang Binh Resort, Paradise Cave, and General Vo Nguyen Giap Tomb in Vung Chua, Dao Yen, Quang Binh province. Ms Pham Thanh Tam, Head of Domestic Tour Department, Vietrantour Company, said that, with distinctive products and attractive promotion policies, Vietrantour expects to see a sharp rise of 20-30 percent in customers during the National Day holiday. "With lower tour prices than a year ago, as a big travel operator, Vietrantour has managed to sign contracts with domestic and international … [Read more...]

Hanoi forecasts 35% tourist growth during Tet

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi 's tourist industry expects the number of travellers will increase by 35% during the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Many travel agencies have their Tet tours fully booked as early as one month before Tet. According to Duong Mai Lan, head of the Planning and Marketing Department of the Vietravel Company's Hanoi branch, about 3,000 people have booked tours during the period from December 27 to January 6 (Lunar calendar) via Vietravel Hanoi, a year-on-year rise of 35%. More than 80% of inbound tours have been filled while the figure for outbound tours is 98%, Lan added. Vietrantour Company reported a year-on-year increase of 12% in the number of tourists booking Lunar New Year tours. New destinations and short tours are the choice of most tourists. Among their favourites are the central beach cities of Nha Trang, Da Nang and northern mountainous mountains such as Sapa and Ha Giang. Some regional countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia … [Read more...]

Hanoi forecasts 35 pct tourist growth during Tet

Hanoi's tourist industry expects the number of travellers will increase by 35 percent during the nine-day Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Many travel agencies have their Tet tours fully booked as early as one month before Tet. According to Duong Mai Lan, head of the Planning and Marketing Department of the Vietravel Company's Hanoi branch, about 3,000 people have booked tours during the period from December 27 to January 6 (Lunar calendar) via Vietravel Hanoi, a year-on-year rise of 35 percent. More than 80 percent of inbound tours have been filled while the figure for outbound tours is 98 percent, Lan added. Vietrantour Company reported a year-on-year increase of 12 percent in the number of tourists booking Lunar New Year tours. New destinations and short tours are the choice of most tourists. Among their favourites are the central beach cities of Nha Trang, Da Nang and northern mountainous mountains such as Sapa and Ha Giang. Some regional countries … [Read more...]

2016 Vietnam Fine Art Photo Exhibition launched

Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA) (Cinet)- Photographers nationwide are being invited to submit entries for the national exhibition of fine-art photography which will open in Rach Gia, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on September 2, 2016. The Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists launched the 2016 Vietnam Fine Art Photo Exhibition on January 22. According to Mr. Vi Kien Thanh, Head of the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition, said the biennial event aimed to review and appraise the achievements of Vietnamese photographic artists during 2015 - 2016. The event was also to affirm the Party’s and State’s policies in encouraging artists to compose more works to serve the people’s cultural life. Besides, the event will contribute an artistic view of the National Tourism Year 2016. This year’s event has two … [Read more...]

10 major domestic events of 2015 selected by VOV

1. Celebrations marked Vietnam’s 70th National Day and 40th Reunification Day Parade celebrating Vietnam's 70th National Day Parades and meetings took place in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to mark Vietnam’s 70th National Day on September 2nd, and Vietnam’s 40th Reunification Day on April 30th. Celebrations highlighted the historical significance and importance of the August Revolution’s victory, the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the 1975 Spring Victory, which reunited Vietnam. 2. Party congresses at all levels held Hanoi Municipal Party Congress Party congresses were held nationwide in preparation for the upcoming 12th National Party Congress. All the congresses were successful thanks to the Party’s concerted efforts in promoting and reforming Party building activities, agreed at the 11th National Party Congress. This will lay a firm foundation for the upcoming 12th National Party … [Read more...]

Introducing Vietnam’s puppetry to the world

A puppetry performance themed "Vu dieu hoa Quynh" (Cinet)- 2015 is a successful year of Vietnam’s puppetry by some activities of the puppetry theatre as an introduction to land, people and cultural identity of a beautiful country. Bringing the Vietnam’s puppetry to the world Various activities of the Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre at some festivals in Japan on May and October, Czech Republic on late August, Indonesia on early August, Australia on late September, South Korea on October and France on late October. Some audiences enjoyed and highly appreciated many programs at the festivals. Some artists at the Vietnam National Puppetry Festival brought many interesting and wonderful performances in the foreign countries. Plzen International Puppetry Festival in Crezch Republic attracts many audiences of the country. Some performances of Vietnam left the seers interesting enjoyments. Participating into the festival is one of some projects of Vietnamese culture 2015 in … [Read more...]

Retail, services sales hit US$110 bln

The country's total retail sales and services revenue reached US$110 billion, rising 9.8% over the same period last year, or 9.1%, if inflation is excluded. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the retail sales of goods and services in September alone is estimated to reach VND270.6 trillion (US$12.27 billion) or 0.6% increased against August. According to an expert at the GSO, Vu Manh Ha, purchasing power had not changed much as residents spent their money on key consumption products. Revenues in some sectors saw a handsome increase. Food and foodstuff saw an increase of 15%, household appliances rose 13.2%, garments and textiles up 10.9% and transport services are estimated to increase 8.1%. Retail sales of accommodation, restaurant and catering services in the first nine months reached VND276.9 billion posting a growth of 11.7% or a 6.5% year-on-year increase. Of this figure, retail sales in Haiphong City went up 23.9%. It was followed by Binh Duong at 19.1%, Thanh … [Read more...]

Retail, services sales hit $110b

HA NOI (VNS) — The country's total retail sales and services revenue reached US$110 billion, rising 9.8 per cent over the same period last year, or 9.1 per cent, if inflation is excluded. According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the retail sales of goods and services in September alone is estimated to reach VND270.6 trillion ($12.27 billion) or 0.6 per cent increased against August. According to an expert at the GSO, Vu Manh Ha, purchasing power had not changed much as residents spent their money on key consumption products. Revenues in some sectors saw a handsome increase. Food and foodstuff saw an increase of 15 per cent, household appliances rose 13.2 per cent, garments and textiles up 10.9 per cent and transport services are estimated to increase 8.1 per cent. Retail sales of accommodation, restaurant and catering services in the first nine months reached VND276.9 billion posting a growth of 11.7 per cent or a 6.5 per cent year-on-year increase. Of this figure, … [Read more...]

Wednesday September 16, 2015

(VOVworld) - We’d like to thank you, our listeners, for your congratulations on VOV’s 70th anniversary last week. Your sentiments were an enormous reward for us on this special day. It inspires us to produce more interesting programs for you. B: Rasheed Naz of Pakistan posted a comment on our website on the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day on September 2 and the 70th anniversary of the Voice of Vietnam on September 7. "Congratulations on this day. Congratulations to all winners of the contest "What do you know about Vietnam?" I also congratulate Pakistani listener Amir Jamil for his Special prize. I listened to your program today which was full of news related to National Day such as a military parade and other celebrations. More than 30,000 people participated in the parade. Best wishes and congrats to Vietnam from around the world. I have been a regular listener to VOV for several years. I believe VOV will continue to provide its listeners with an … [Read more...]

Seoul Defence Dialogue 2015 opens

PANO - Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh led a Vietnamese delegation to the Seoul Defence Dialogue 2015 that solemnly opened in the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s capital of Seoul on the evening of September 9th. In her opening speech, RoK’s President Park Geun-hye stressed that the world has been facing various tough challenges such as extremism, cybercrimes, climate change, and the spread of epidemic diseases. This means that along with traditional security threats, what the world is facing now are more non-traditional security threats. >> Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh meets with Korean Defence Minister >> Security of sea and airspace is mutual concern of ASEAN member states: Deputy Minister Delegates at the dialogue. The RoK’s President also said that though great efforts have been exerted to boost cooperation among Asian countries with a focus on economic links, there is still a need for an effective security … [Read more...]

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hello and welcome to VOV’s Letter Box, a weekly feature dedicated to our listeners throughout the world. We are Mai Phuong and Phuong Khanh. A: First on our show today, we’d like to announce the results of VOV’s contest "What do you know about Vietnam?", which were officially released on the occasion of the Voice of Vietnam’s 70th anniversary, September 7th. B: On July 24, 2015, the Jury Council, comprised of leaders of the World Service and the International Cooperation Department of the Voice of Vietnam, judged the finalists of VOV’s contest "What do you know about Vietnam?", which ran from March 1st to June 30th, 2015. B: The First Prize went to John Rutledge of the US, a listener to the English Program. A: Second Prize went to Prigodich Nikolai Vladimirovich of Belarus, a listener to the Russian program. B: Zhao Ya Dong of China, a listener to the Chinese Program won the third prize. A: We also have 10 Consolation Prizes, which went to Min Lin … [Read more...]

Prices of essential goods continue downward trend

HA NOI (VNS) — Prices of essential goods continued their downward trend this month, including those of petrol, oil and gas, according to the Ministry of Finance's Price Management Department. The department said the national consumer price index (CPI) in August declined 0.07 per cent against the previous month. This was the first time the August CPI had seen a reduction in the past decade. In September, the local goods and services market may witness an upward pressure on prices due to the impact of the increase in exchange rate and inter-banking rate between Vietnamese dong and US dollar, especially prices of imported goods. Moreover, the demand for certain goods and services also surged on occasions such as the National Day on September 2, the Mid-Autumn festival and the beginning of the new school year 2015-16, the department said. However, even this month, many factors should ease the pressure on prices, including the fact that prices of essential goods and materials in … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s National Day observed overseas

The Vietnamese Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao (China) hosted a banquet on September 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). In his speech, Vietnamese Consul General Hoang Chi Trung affirmed that Vietnam continually treasures the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China, as evidenced by regular visits of leaders. In the first half of 2015, trade between Vietnam and Hong Kong hit 7.6 billion USD. As of late June, 2015, Hong Kong had 918 projects worth more than 16 billion USD in Vietnam, ranking sixth among 103 countries and territories investing in the Southeast Asian nation. The Vietnamese Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao (China) hosts a banquet on September 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day On September 1, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched an open golf tournament in Hong Kong, attracting nearly 30 Vietnamese golfers … [Read more...]

Vietnamese State President receives Lao and Cambodian leaders

PANO – State President Truong Tan Sang, welcomed Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Xom On, who led delegations to attend Vietnam’s grand meeting and parade to mark the 70th August Revolution and National Day, on September 2nd. * Welcoming Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith, President Truong Tan Sang expressed his deep gratitude to the Lao Party, State and people for their whole-hearted support of Vietnam in both the national resistance wars and the national construction and defence cause. State President Truong Tan Sang (right, front) receives Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith. He hailed Laos’ achievements in rolling out its Resolution of the Ninth Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and its Seventh Five-Year Socio-Economic Development Plan. In turn, Lao Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith highlighted the important role of the 1945 August Revolution in the struggle of Indochinese people for … [Read more...]

Cultural activities celebrate National Day across Viet Nam

Patriotic presentation Singers to celebrate with patriotic tunes VN celebrates 70 years of freedom Free music gala in HCM City to celebrate National Day Heavy rains expected on National Day A mountainous market featuring unique cultural feature of ethnic groups living in the northern mountainous region has been replicated in the The Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Dong Mo in the outskirts of Ha Noi. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc HA NOI (VNS) - Various cultural activities are being held across the country to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Viet Nam's National Day on September 2. The culture tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Dong Mo on the outskirts of Ha Noi will host the National Day celebration of ethnic mountainous groups. The five-day celebration, from September 2 to 6, will introduce visitors to traditional dances, music and folk games of every ethnic group living in the northern mountainous area. A mountainous market, which best represents … [Read more...]

Nation celebrates 70th National Day anniversary

Hanoi’s major streets are decorated with LED installations to mark the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and Vietnamese National Day. NDO – A series of activities took place across the country to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day. On September 1, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; Minister of Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh and Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son visited former State President, General Le Duc Anh. PM Dung extended his best wishes to the former leader and briefed him on the country’s socio-economic situation, while promising to continue the revolutionary and patriotic tradition of preceding generations to be united and do the utmost for the cause of driving the country forwards in a fast and sustainable manner. The streets of Hanoi have been decorated with flags, flowers, banners, slogans and colourful lights while people have been seen excited by the jubilant atmosphere … [Read more...]

Landmarks of August Revolution in HCM City

PANO - In the General Uprising to regain the administration in 1945, residents in Saigon-Gia Dinh (now Ho Chi Minh City) joined other people across Vietnam to rise up to overthrow the old puppet administration to establish the revolutionary administration. Seventy years have passed by; the locations closely attached to the historic events of the August Revolution in 1945 and the first National Day on September 2nd 1945 remain intact, serving as landmarks of the heroic city. PANO would like to introduce some images of these locations. Cong Nhan (Workers) Cinema, formerly known as Nguyen Van Hao Cinema, witnessed a meeting of locals in support of the action program of the League for the Independence of Vietnam on the evening of August 19th The former French colonial city hall, the present Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee’s Headquarters, was occupied by the local people and used as the headquarters of the South’s Administrative Committee, victoriously completing … [Read more...]

Scientific workshop “Independence Declaration – Value of the nation and era”

At the workshop (Cinet)- On August 28, the scientific workshop "Declaration of Independence – Values of the nation and era" took place in Hanoi. The workshop focuses on some subjects: Declaration of Independence – Reflecting love of the country, expectation of independence; the Declaration of Independence – opening a new era in the history; Declaration of Independence – contributing to develop right of people and independence; Declaration of Independence – flag to encourage campaign of the nation libration in the world and collecting some values of humanity. The Organization Board received 48 discussions from some researchers and scientists. Some reports focus on 03 basic issues: August Revolution 1945 and Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was a speech read by Ho Chi Minh[1] on September 2, 1945, in Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam, which proclaims the independence of the Democratic Republic … [Read more...]