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...]

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...]

US State Secretary John Kerry congratulates VN on National Day

VietNamNet Bridge - On the occasion of Vietnam's National Day (September 2), US State Secretary John Kerry has conveyed his congratulation to Vietnam and Vietnamese people. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Vietnam as you celebrate your National Day on September 2," he wrote in the message released on August 31. He said he was honored to visit Vietnam this August to mark the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the two countries, and to celebrate the great progress the two sides have made in their relationship. "This was my second visit to Vietnam as Secretary of State, and I met with your leaders to discuss our shared priorities of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, trade and investment, climate change, and our growing people-to-people ties," he said. Kerry was particularly impressed to … [Read more...]

Ten reasons Hanoi is greatest during autumn

The temperatures getting cooler and leaves changing colour can only lead to one conclusion— autumn has arrived. Here are 10 reasons why Hanoi is best in autumn. 1. National Day. On September 2, the city streets are lined with the red and yellow colourful national flag and virtually every nook and cranny festooned with red ribbons and banners. 2. Sunny very nice weather. Beautiful, cool, clear, sunny days with a light breeze are the norm for Hanoi during autumn. 3. Autumn breezes. Hanoians enjoy living in the moment of cool autumn breezes. 4. Cuisine. Traditional dishes just taste better in autumn, especially ‘com’ (young, green rice), a specialty that has been popular for ages. 5. Season of sudden rains. Autumn is the season of refreshingly cool sudden rains. 6. Sidewalk cafes. Sitting at a sidewalk cafe in the cool romantic autumn days enjoying a cup of coffee with friends is not only a city, but a national pastime. 7. Dragontomelon fruit. … [Read more...]

Activities at home and abroad to mark 70th anniversary of August Revolution, National Day

A ceremony to mark the event in Vientiane, Laos (VOVworld) – Various activities are taking place nationwide to mark the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day. On Tuesday, Ho Chi Minh City’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese’s Affairs presented national certificates of merit to a number of overseas Vietnamese for their contributions to national construction and defense. Many of them recalled their stories of meeting President Ho Chi Minh and their memories of National Day on September 2nd, 1945. The National Museum of History opened an exhibition on Tuesday featuring 300 photos and documents displaying Vietnam’s history, culture, and socioeconomic achievements since Vietnam won independence on September 2nd, 1945. Nguyen Van Cuong, director of the museum, said: "The exhibition introduces a profound collection of Vietnam’s history to the public. It is expected to help visitors better understand how Vietnam defeated all its invaders and … [Read more...]

Special live-aired program highlights national flag

The red flag with the golden star of Vietnam was the emphasis of a program entitled "The Flag of Independence" broadcast live by Vietnam Television, linking the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of August 30th. The program was in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Day on September 2nd. A red flag with the golden star in the middle was highlighted at the program. In this program, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Le Hong Anh, and Politburo member and Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong presented flowers to show their gratitude to veteran revolutionaries who participated in the General Uprising of the August Revolution in 1945 and the National Day on September 2nd 1945. "The Flag of Independence" program was an epic about the national aspiration for independence throughout the ups and downs of the history of Vietnam. Therefore, dominating the … [Read more...]

Saigontourist’s food programme for National Day

A number of hotels under the management of Saigontourist in Ho Chi Minh City have launched food programmes in preparation for Vietnam’s National Day on September 2. Rex Hotel Saigon (141 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38292185) A gala dinner will be held on September 2 at Royal Garden on the hotel’s fifth floor – a great place to have a panoramic view of the city. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood grilled on the table upon request. Salad dishes, Asian and Western dishes and desserts will surely satisfy the most meticulous diner. The music show will entertain guests. The ticket is VND1.2 million an adult and VND600,000 a child, inclusive of tax and service charges, beer, wine, soft drinks and drinking water. Every group of 15 will receive one free ticket. Hotel Majestic (01 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38295517) Programs to celebrate the National Day and watch fi rework displays will be held at M.Bar, Serenade and Breeze Sky Bar restaurants of … [Read more...]

Heavy rains expected on National Day

12 hotlines to receive feedback on traffic order Hà Nội to block streets for National Independence Day parade People at the rehearsal for celebrating the 70th anniversary of National Day on September 2. - Photos vnexpress.net HA NOI (VNS) - Residents of Ha Noi and the northern provinces are expected to see heavy rains during National Day on September 2 with downpours of 300-400mm, warned the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. The centre said yesterday that torrential rains would blanket the north region between August 31 and September 3. Meanwhile, a representative of the Ministry of Information and Communication's Press Department yesterday said it had yet to receive orders from the Central Committee for Celebration to alter activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of National Day on September 2 due to the expected heavy rains. As planned, about 30,000 people will join a massive parade in Ha Noi's Ba Dinh Square on September 2 to celebrate the 70th … [Read more...]

New musical, documentaries to celebrate National Day

HCM City, August 28 (VNA) – A new film programme will air on Vietnam Television to celebrate the 70th anniversary of National Day on September 2, next week. The programme's highlighted films include the musical work Khat Vong Binh Yen (Desire for Peace) and documentary films Dau An Ban Tuyen Ngon (Declaration of Independence) and Ho Chi Minh Bai Ca Tu Do (President Ho Chi Minh-Song of Freedom). Female director Viet Huong's film Khat Vong Binh Yen portrays a love story of a young girl of the Youth Volunteer Brigade and a soldier of the National Liberation Front, who both face difficulties and challenges in wartime. The director Huong invited young singer Ha Linh and dancer Thanh Nam to play leading roles. Both documentaries Dau An Ban Tuyen Ngon and Ho Chi Minh Bai Ca Tu Do feature historic events that occurred from 1945 to 1975. The films will be broadcast on VTV1, VTV2, VTV3, VTV4 and VTV6 at 8.30pm on August 31, and at 2.15pm on September 2. VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

Wednesday August 26, 2015

(VOVworld) - I’m reading an interesting letter from 61-year-old Lauri Niemi of Finland. He lives in a Helsinki surburb called Laajasalo, which actually is an island in the Gulf of Finland. "This is a quiet, green place to live. I’m recently divorced so I have a lot of time for my radio hobby. Besides D’Xing and radio I collect books. DX-ing or trying to catch foreign radio stations, has been my main hobby since 1968. That is 46 years now. In that time I have heard and identified about 1,200 stations from 205 countries." B: There’s a photo of Lauri sitting in front of his huge book collection. Wow, such a treasure. Lauri said he and his friends bought one sq.km of lakes, ponds, creeks, and swamp. The place is called Aihkiniemi, which means "the Old Pine Cabin". On this lot they put up 11 antennas, each 700 to 1,000 m long. A: Your photos and DVD show us an amazing place. I’m very curious to see your listening facilities, including the antennas you … [Read more...]

New musical, documentaries to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day

HCM CITY (VNS) — A new film programme will air on Viet Nam Television to celebrate the 70th anniversary of National Day on September 2, next week. The programme's highlighted films include the musical work Khat Vong Binh Yen (Desire for Peace) and documentary films Dau An Ban Tuyen Ngon (Declaration of Independence) and Ho Chi Minh Bai Ca Tu Do (President Ho Chi Minh-Song of Freedom). Female director Viet Huong's film Khat Vong Binh Yen portrays a love story of a young girl of the Youth Volunteer Brigade and a soldier of the National Liberation Front, who both face difficulties and challenges in wartime. The director Huong invited young singer Ha Linh and dancer Thanh Nam to play leading roles. Both documentaries Dau An Ban Tuyen Ngon and Ho Chi Minh Bai Ca Tu Do feature historic events that occurred from 1945 to 1975. The films will be broadcast on VTV1, VTV2, VTV3, VTV4 and VTV6 at 8.30pm on August 31, and at 2.15pm on September 2. — VNS … [Read more...]

Organizing art program to celebrate 70 years for National Day and socio-economic exhibition

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Decision No.2877/QĐ-BVHTTDL on August 25 of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism relates to organize art program to celebrate 70 year anniversary for National Day and socio-economic exhibition. Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism entrusted Performing Arts Department to direct Ethnic Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam National Academy of Music) including art program to serve the party on 70th anniversary of National Day on September 01, 2015 in House of National Assembly. The expense is implemented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The program is performed at 07 P.M - 08 P.M on August 28, 2015 in Vietnam Exhibition Fair. The expense is extracted from budget 2015 of Ministerial Office. Heads of the Ministerial Office, Department of Planning, Finance; Performing Arts, Vietnam National Academy of Music and manager of Vietnam Exhibition Fair as well as some relevant agencies are responsible for the Decision. … [Read more...]

Malaysian and Vietnamese artists to display artworks in Hanoi

The Saigon Times Daily The exhibits are typical works in sculpture, painting, graphic design and installation art fields, which feature various topics such as climate change, the beauty of nature, feminism and the hidden corners of the human psyche. Five Vietnamese artists participating in the exhibition at the Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center are Hien Nguyen, Vu Bach Lien, Doan Thu Huong, Ngo Hai Yen, and Nguyen Thu Huong, who are known for the use of traditional Oriental painting materials such as silk and lacquer. Malaysian artists Christine Das, Kok Lee Fong, Lisa Foo and Yante Ismail are familiar faces of contemporary Malaysian art. The "Destination IV – Sprouting" exhibition is co-held by the management board of Hanoi Old Quarter and the Malaysian Embassy in Hanoi on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day on September 2 and the 58th anniversary of Malaysia’s National Day on August 31. The Hanoi Old Quarter Cultural … [Read more...]

Choir festival entitled “Songs presented to the Party”

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Basic Cultural Departmetn and HCMC Department of Culture and Sports organized the choir festival entitled "Songs presented to the Party" at Ho Chi Minh City Theatre on August 20th. The event was co-organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture and Sports and the Public Culture Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Over 500 artists from seven choirs of cultural centres in Ho Chi Minh City and the Can Tho City Culture-Arts School participated in a choir festival. Addressing at the opening ceremony, Vuong Duy Bao, vice-head of Basic Cultural Department said that the festival was one of some essential activities to celebrate 70 years for August Revolution and National Day on September 02. As planned, each choir had two choral performances in praise of the great stature and historical values of the August Revolution in 1945 and the National Day on September 2nd, the leading role of the Communist Party of Vietnam and … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s greater role in preserving international peace and stability

(VOVworld) – The Foreign Ministry held a conference in Hanoi on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution, National Day on September 2nd, and the 70th anniversary of the foreign affairs sector. Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh at the opening ceremony of the conference. (Photo: Quang Hoa) In his address, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said over the past 70 years the diplomatic sector has consistently followed President Ho Chi Minh’s Thoughts on Diplomacy that is to love peace and unite with foreign friends. The orientation has helped Vietnam make great achievements in the struggle for national independence, construction, and development. Mr. Minh dealt into the sector’s missions in the new period: "Vietnam will further enhance its international integration process, make its foreign relations more efficient, and develop ties with more partner and traditional nations. In regards of multilateral diplomacy, Vietnam … [Read more...]