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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

RoK offers condolence over Vung Ang scaffold collapse

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se on March 27 offered condolences to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh over the scaffold collapse at the Vung Ang economic zone in central Ha Tinh province. The accident on March 25 killed 13 workers and injured 28 others at the Taiwanese-invested Formosa steel complex project. A failure in the hydraulic brake system in the scaffold structure caused the 30m high structure to collapse, it was reported during a press conference in the locality on March 27. Kim Hyung Sub, Deputy General Director of the project’s contractor Samsung C&T, has admitted his company was remiss in operating the scaffold at the site.-VNA … [Read more...]

Ha Tinh holds press conference on causes of scaffolding collapse

At the press conference (VNA) NDO - The central province of Ha Tinh held a press conference on March 27 to clarify the cause of the scaffolding collapse at a construction site in the Vung Ang Economic Zone two days ago. >>> Rescue for workers in scaffold collapse nears its conclusion >>> Scaffolding collapse kills 14, injures scores in Ha Tinh province The initial cause of the accident was identified as a broken hydraulic brakes system on the scaffolding. At the press conference, Kim Hyung Sub, Deputy General Director of the project’s contractor Samsung C&T, admitted the company’s shortcomings in the process of construction and operation of the scaffolding, and promised to address the consequences of the accident. He also expressed his thanks to the Vietnamese Government and Ha Tinh province for their timely help during the accident. After the scaffolding collapse, Ha Tinh province established an interdisciplinary inspection team to … [Read more...]

Cause of scaffold collapse in Ha Tinh announced

Debris were moved off the site (Photo: VNA) A failure in the hydraulic brake system in the scaffold structure is behind the March 25 collapse at the Vung Ang economic zone in central Ha Tinh province. The conclusion was announced during a press conference in the locality on March 27, during which Kim Hyung Sub, Deputy General Director of the project’s contractor Samsung C&T, admitted his company’s remiss in operating the scaffold at the site. He promised to address the consequences of the accident and thanked the Vietnamese Government and local authorities for their timely support. The incident occurred at 8 pm on March 25 with around 100 workers on the 30 metre construction site scaffold at the Taiwanese-invested Formosa steel complex project. As of 5 pm on March 26, 13 had been declared dead and 28 sustained injuries in the accident. Immediately after the incident, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) announced a grant worth 1 million VND (50 USD) on March … [Read more...]

Two bankers eye seats on Eximbank board

Thao Nguyen Staff of Eximbank check banknotes in this file photo. Two former leaders of NamA Bank are expected to run for board membership at Eximbank - PHOTO: TL Tran Ngo Phuc Vu used to serve as general director of NamA Bank and Tran Ngoc Tam as deputy general director of the bank. Eximbank has announced the list of candidates for the board in the 2015-2020 term. Vu represents NamA Bank’s 8.4% stake and also owns 1.63% of Eximbank while Tam owns 7.5% of Eximbank on NamA Bank’s behalf and another 2.85% himself. There is a high possibility that NamA Bank and Eximbank could be merged as it has been in the news for some time and a deputy governor of the central bank told local media that he would throw support if this happens. However, leaders of the two banks have declined to comment. NamA Bank now holds a stake of at least 16% at Eximbank. On the other hand, a large number of Eximbank shares were acquired by a mysterious investor via a put-through transaction … [Read more...]

Sol House to debut on Phu Quoc Island

Hung Le Representatives of M.I.K and Meliã Hotels International (MHI) congratulate each other on the signing of a resort management deal on March 26 - PHOTO: HUNG LE MHI and M.I.K on March 26 inked a deal to manage a resort that M.I.K is developing on Phu Quoc, the first Sol House resort in Vietnam. The US$40-million Sol House Phu Quoc is scheduled to be opened in 2016 as a four-star resort with 260 rooms and bungalows, a spa, two different dining spaces, a beach bar, a swimming pool and a beach sport center. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Pham Thanh Tuan, deputy general director of M.I.K, said MHI has a wealth of experience in many markets and has been active in Vietnam for 20 years through its management of Melia hotel in Hanoi. Tuan added the cooperation would provide a new attractive destination for visitors to Phu Quoc and raise the position of Vietnam on global tourism markets. Bernardo Cabot, deputy chairman of MHI in Asia-Pacific, said Phu Quoc is an … [Read more...]

High-end resort to be built on Phu Quoc Island

Representatives from M.I.K Corporation and Melia Hotels International (MHI) at the signing ceremony (Source: VNA) A high-end resort, "Sol House" with a capacity of 260 rooms and suites, will be opened on Phu Quoc Island in 2016. A document to this effect was signed between the M.I.K Corporation and Melia Hotels International (MHI) at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on March 26. At the signing ceremony, M.I.K Deputy General Director Pham Thanh Tuan said the agreement will contribute to improving the quality of tourist services on the island as well as the overall Vietnamese tourism reputation. MHI Deputy Chairman in the Asian-Pacific region, Bernardo Cabot hailed the unique beauty of the island with its pristine beaches and improved infrastructure facilities. Sol House will bring value to the ‘Pearl Island’, he added. M.I.K is among the top investors in high-end estate development in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It has also invested in numerous five-star resorts … [Read more...]

SCG makes donation to Long Son School in Ba Ria-Vung Tau

Le Hoang This program is a part of SCG’s commitment to supporting the sustainable development of the community where it operates. This school is located in the most remote area of Vung Tau City with 500 students, most of them having difficult finding financial support for continuing their study. Recently, the school has been renovated; however the school facilities are still limited and inadequate. At the event, SCG donated 150 stationery sets for 150 poor students, and many types of equipment for physical training, playground, the school’s medical room, and books for the school’s library. Especially, the volunteer staff of SCG have taken big part in renovating some areas and plant new trees for the school yards. Booneuame Noiaim, deputy general director of Long Son Petrochemicals, an affiliate of SCG, said in a statement that Long Son is the location of Long Son Petrochemicals Complex, one of the biggest projects of SCG in Vietnam. In the next few years when … [Read more...]

Japanese construction technology transferred to Vietnam

An urban-friendly technology from Japan that is also friendlier to the environment is expected to make installation of steel piles for bridges and flyovers a much quieter, stronger and cheaper process. The NS Eco-Pile, a screwed steel pile developed by Japanese firm Nippon Steel and Sumikin Engineering, was transferred to a Vietnamese partner March 23. It has helical blade welded of the edge which performs the digging as it is rotated, driving the pile into the ground like a wood-screw. Takashi Takeuchi, Director of the Japanese firm's Building Construction and Steel Structures Division, said the technology that matches urban conditions in Vietnam has many advantages. First of all, it can be used in narrow areas and does not require a big construction site and also produces lower noise and vibrations compared to technologies currently in use, he said. He cited the production of lower dust and total avoidance of waste soil as other significant advantages. Do Le Khang, Deputy … [Read more...]

Airlines consider fare hike following new environment surcharge

VietNamNet Bridge - Air carriers are considering raising airfares after the government raised the environment surcharge from VND1,000 to VND3,000 for every liter of petrol. Duong Tri Thanh, deputy general director of Vietnam Airlines, the national flag air carrier, mentioned the environment surcharge increase at a recent press conference. Thanh said with the surcharge increasing by threefold, Vietnam Airlines would have to pay VND750 billion more for the environment fee. The figure would be VND150 billion for Jetstar Pacific and VND350-400 billion for Vietjet Air, a private carrier. Any input cost increase, according to Thanh, would seriously affect air carriers’ business, because aviation is not a highly profitable business field. "Vietjet Air has reported profits, but we believe it is still facing big difficulties," he said. Thanh proposed that the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and the Ministry of Transport report the problem to the government, so that the … [Read more...]