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...]

Vietnam to pause taking holidaymakers to MERS-infect nations

As the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) spread quickly in many countries especially in Asian nations including China, South Korea and Philippines and it is highly likely to enter Vietnam, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has asked travel and tourist agents to restrict or halt taking holidaymakers to these disease-infected nations as per the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health’s warning, said deputy head of the administration Ha Van Sieu yesterday. The administration also asked tourism management agencies, tourist agents and hotels to update information of the disease from the Ministry of Health’s website. Vietnamese Ministry of Health today asked all passengers from these nations including Saudi Arabian, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates to fill health declaration form. Because of the disease over 200 holidaymakers cancelled their trip to South Korea in big tourist … [Read more...]

Viet Nam looks to tap tourism market in India

Vietnam hopes to expand its share in India’s great tourism market in the coming time, a Vietnamese official told a round-table seminar on tourism in New Delhi, India on April 25. The seminar was part of the Global Exhibition on Services (GES) that is underway in New Delhi on April 23-25, with delegates from more than 40 countries taking part. Addressing the seminar, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu praised the progress of bilateral tourism engagement since the two governments signed a cooperation agreement in 2001. Tourism cooperation is part of the agenda of talks during respective visits by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last September and October. Ha Van Sieu said with a 1.2 billion population and soaring demand for foreign travel, India is becoming a promising market of Vietnam. However, few Indian tourists go to Vietnam, and most Indian visitors arrive in the country for … [Read more...]

Vietnam looks to tap tourism market in India

Vietnam hopes to expand its share in India’s great tourism market in the coming time, a Vietnamese official told a round-table seminar on tourism in New Delhi, India on April 25. The seminar was part of the Global Exhibition on Services (GES) that is underway in New Delhi on April 23-25, with delegates from more than 40 countries taking part. Addressing the seminar, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu praised the progress of bilateral tourism engagement since the two governments signed a cooperation agreement in 2001. Tourism cooperation is part of the agenda of talks during respective visits by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last September and October. Ha Van Sieu said with a 1.2 billion population and soaring demand for foreign travel, India is becoming a promising market of Vietnam. However, few Indian tourists go to Vietnam, and most Indian visitors arrive in the country for … [Read more...]

Korean tourism awards ceremony in Hanoi

(VOV) - The 2014 Korea Double Double Incentive awards ceremony was held on December 12 in Hanoi by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) of Vietnam. The country has welcomed more than 70,000 Korean arrivals so far this year, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Ha Van Sieu revealed at the ceremony. Meanwhile more than 130,000 Vietnamese tourists have visited the Republic of Korea (RoK), Sieu added, noting the impressive figures are the result of the great cooperation between the KTO and Vietnam’s travel agencies. Kang Sungghil, KTO representative office in Vietnam, in turn said the event aims to honour individuals and collectives in Vietnam who have greatly contributed to the development of the tourism industry in the RoK. In 2014, KTO in co-ordination with Vietnamese travel operators had organized many worthy activities and campaigns including those to encourage Vietnamese athletes to compete at the Incheon Asian Games. … [Read more...]

Korean tourism awards ceremony held in Hanoi

(VOV) - The 2014 Korea Double Double Incentive awards ceremony was held on December 12 in Hanoi by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) of Vietnam. Vietnam has welcomed more than 70,000 Korean arrivals so far this year, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Ha Van Sieu revealed at the ceremony. Meanwhile more than 130,000 Vietnamese tourists have visited the Republic of Korea (RoK) Sieu added, noting the impressive figures are the result of the great cooperation between the KTO and Vietnam’s travel agencies. Kang Sungghil, head of representative office of KTO in Vietnam, in turn said the event aims to honour individuals and collectives in Vietnam who have greatly contributed to the development of the tourism industry in the RoK. In 2014, KTO in co-ordination with Vietnamese travel operators and other agencies the KTO had organized many worthy activities and campaigns including those to encourage Vietnamese athletes to compete at the … [Read more...]

Vietnam promotes tourism between Vietnam – Indonesia

The Hanoitimes - On December 3, to promote the exchange of visitors between the two countries Vietnam and Indonesia, a conference on tourism between Vietnam and Indonesia was held by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The event drew participations of tour companies, hotels, over 10 enterprises, Indonesia's media which are exploring destinations in Vietnam. Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration ofTourism Ha Van Sieu said the traditional friendly relation, strategic partnership Vietnam - Indonesia have been established and continually strengthened. With nearly 250 million people, the proportion of the population belonging to the middle class and their needs to travel abroad are increasing. Indonesia has become a potential market with an important source of tourist arrivals to Vietnam . In 2013, roughly 8 million Indonesians traveling overseas including 88.6% of those travelled to Asia - Pacific, while the number of Indonesian visitors to … [Read more...]

Hungary communications delegation visits Vietnam

(VOV) - A Hungarian delegation comprising representatives of TV stations, press and travel agents are visiting Vietnam’s famous landscape and tourism sites and enjoying cuisines. Chairwoman of the Fund for Hungary-Vietnam Relations Phan Bich Thien said the delegation includes representatives of Hungary TV 2, HVG magazine, Turizmus Trend, Nepszabadsag, index.hu and travel agents. After visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Danang, Hanoi and Ha Long bay, they will make TV programmes and write articles on Vietnam’s tourism to introduce to Hungarian people. Thien added that the delegation members have deep impression on Vietnam and agreed that the country has great tourism potential with long and beautiful beaches, rich nature, hospitable people and delicious dishes. Kohegyi Anna, Editor-in-chief of Aktiv TV programme on TV2 said during their time in Vietnam they had tasted dozens of delicious dishes. Ha Van Sieu, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of … [Read more...]

Northern provinces establish partnership for tourism development

The four northern provinces of Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen, Hai Duong, and Quang Ninh need to work together closely to tap into their tourism potential, according to participants in a workshop in Bac Giang on October 4. The event concluded that tourism in the four localities, which are rich in natural and cultural resources, could generate substantial revenue from cooperating and developing new tourism services. Participants pointed out the lax coordination between the provincial tourism sectors. In particular, Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang and Hai Duong were yet to make full use of their proximity to Hanoi and Quang Ninh, two major tourism hubs in northern Vietnam , thus limiting the number of international tourists to the area. Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said the localities needed to base their tourism cooperation on the specific features of each province and the common regional identity to create appropriate tourism services that … [Read more...]

Southeast Asian rivers set to become tourism products

A traditional Khmer boat race on the Mekong River in Vietnam. Photo credit: Vietnamplus Southeast Asian tourism officials agreed further utilize the region's web of rivers during a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday. Officials at the conference, which included experts from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), pointed to the connective power of 33 big rivers in the region, including the Mekong which runs through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon reported. The officials said they will establish river-based tours by turning the Mekong and its basins into a tourism product. Hans Jacobsen from UNWTO said the ASEAN river network can create a collection of dynamic destinations that one cannot find anywhere else. Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said officials in each country will come up with their own development plans and cooperation proposals with other bloc members -- all of which will be … [Read more...]

ASEAN countries discuss waterway tourism

Dao Loan A survey shows that aside from numerous small rivers, there are as many as 33 big rivers running through the region, including the Mekong River, which connects many regional nations and therefore, holds potential for tourism development. The tourism sectors of the ten countries have aimed to make the most of the enormous potential of rivers in the region to open attractive waterway tours instead of developing tourism on only a part of the river system as done currently. According to their plan, each country will have their own waterway tourism services. At the same time, they will focus on main rivers which flow through many countries such as the Mekong River, which connects Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, to develop specific tours for the region. Hans Jacobsen, consultant at UNWTO, said the river system in ASEAN is able to create a connection among eventful destinations which can hardly be found anywhere in the world. Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam … [Read more...]

Jan-Jun electricity output, consumption up strongly

The Saigon Times Daily EVN reported at a meeting of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Hanoi on Wednesday that the power sector generated 78.74 billion kWh in the first six months of this year, rising by 12.35% against the January-June period of 2014. Nguyen Tai Anh, deputy general director of EVN, was quoted by VietnamPlus as saying at the meeting that household electricity consumption soared in May and June compared to the same period of last year due to hot weather. The highest daily electricity consumption in May-June was more than 531 million kWh, up over 13% against the peak electricity consumption day of the same period of last year. To meet rising demand, EVN commissioned five power generators with a combined electricity capacity of 2,654 MW last month. This helped reduce the number of power cut hours from January to June by 38% year-on-year. "This (less power cuts) is one of the targets EVN is striving to achieve to better serve customers," Anh said. EVN … [Read more...]

VPBank and M.I.K Corporation join hands

M.I.K Corporation, a leading professional real estate developer in Vietnam, has recently announced that Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank) will act as a guarantor for its projects, following the Law on Real Estate Business coming into effect on July 1. According to the revised law, property developers, before selling or leasing unfinished or future property, must obtain guarantees from eligible commercial banks as assurances of their financial obligations to buyers. Accordingly, in case property developers fail to follow through their commitments and hand over apartments to buyers, banks would be responsible for refunding the buyers, in line with the provisions of the signed contracts. The regulation is expected to enhance the responsibility and obligation of developers, improve liquidity in the real estate market, as well as protect the rights of purchasers. Since the regulation has been introduced, M.I.K Corporation has speeded up discussions with its bank partners. With its high … [Read more...]

Strong capital flow to property sector raises concerns

VietNamNet Bridge - The State Bank of Vietnam reports that loans disbursed to the real estate sector have soared recently. Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Hong, at a meeting held by the bank recently, said that real estate credit in the first six months of 2015 had increased by 10.89 percent compared to the same period last year. Loans for real estate accounted for 8.3 percent of total outstanding loans, up by 7.9 percent compared with the same period last year. The capital had been provided mostly to fund building of houses for sale and lease. The deputy director of the State Bank’s HCM City Branch, Nguyen Hoang Minh, has confirmed that real estate credit had soared. In 2010, the real estate sector was listed as a ‘non-production sector’ to which banks were discouraged to lend. However, in April 2012, the real estate sector was lifted from the ’non-production sector’. Since then, lending to the sector has escalated. Minh … [Read more...]

Shinsegae Corporation to build toy library for children in Ho Chi Minh City

With the aim of contributing to improvement of education and development environment for children, today, Shinsegae Corporation- the parent firm of Emart hypermarket system- has collaborated with the Vietnam Children Protection Fund belonging to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on establishing Hope Toy Library in Ho Chi Minh City, where the first Emart hypermarket will soon be opened. According to this MOU, Shinsegae will establish the first Hope Toy Library in Ho Chi Minh City with the construction, operation and maintenance budget up to VND3 billion ($140,000). This is one of community activities that Shinsegae collaborates with Green Umbrella Children Foundation (Korea) to work on with the model of a free playground for children in difficult living conditions and low income families. Kim Goon Sun, deputy general director of Shinsegae Corporation, stated "With the hope to join hands in building a better living … [Read more...]

Electricity Group has new CEO

VietNamNet Bridge – The Minister of Industry and Trade appointed Mr. Dang Hoang An, Deputy General Director of the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN), as EVN General Director as of July 1, replacing Mr. Pham Le Thanh who retired. EVN General Director Dang Hoang An. An, born in 1965 in Bac Giang province, was the Deputy Director of the National Centre for Electrical Moderation, Deputy Director of the Power Transmission I Company and Head of the Planning Department of EVN before being appointed as EVN Deputy General Director. Thanh officially retired from July 1. Thanh had nine years as the General Director of EVN. During this time Thanh also held the chairmanship twice in 2012 and early 2015. In March, a Deputy General Director of EVN, Mr. Duong Quang Thanh, was appointed as EVN. Minh Son … [Read more...]

Vinaconex appoints new chairman

Newly-appointed Chairman of Vinaconex Hoang Nguyen Hoc HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Vietnam Construction and Import-Export Joint Stock Corporation (Vinaconex) has appointed a new chairman, according to Hanoi Stock Exchange. Deputy General Director of the State Capital Investment Company and Chairman of DHG Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company Hoang Nguyen Hoc will be taking over as chairman from July 1. Hoc will be replacing Nguyen Thanh Phuong who is retiring. Hoc became a member of the Vinaconex Executive Board since June 2008. He was appointed as the deputy general director and executive board member of SCIC in the same year. He has kept the position of DHG Pharmaceutical JSC since April 2014. The Vinaconex Executive Board has also appointed its Deputy General Director Do Trong Quynh to the board. — VNS … [Read more...]