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...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 7/2

Vietnamese market attractive to US investorsUS investors are showing their keen interest in the Vietnamese market thanks to political stability and cheap labour costs.Many US business groups like Intel and IBM have reaped substantial success in Vietnam. Major financial institutions such as Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Far East National Bank have also recently invested in Vietnam, establishing a solid foundation for US businesses to continue expanding into the Vietnamese market.In early 2013, famous US company Procter & Gamble (P&G) invested US$80 million to upgrade its Pampers Baby Care factory in the southern province of Binh Duong.P&G Vietnam General Director Emre Olcer described Vietnam as one of his company's priority markets. The company's investment capital has tripled so far, reaching US$200 million in 2012, and is expected to rise in the future.The US KKR & Co investment fund has also decided to invest an additional US$200 million in Masan … [Read more...]

Tour operators launch lucrative promotions

VietNamNet Bridge - Local travel firms are racing to launch promotions for local and overseas tours and services, with discounts of up to 50%, or free hotel rooms given to air ticket purchasers.Tour operators like Vietrantour, Viet Communications and Tourism Joint Stock Company, Saigontourist Travel Service Company or Vietravel have introduced promotions to customers. Most discount programs are carried out by tour operators in coordination with air carriers.Vietrantour has announced a discount of 40% for flights from Vietnam to Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar. With such Indochina tours, the company offers a cost equivalent to only three-fourths of the normal starting price.The five-day Hanoi-Vientiane-Luang Prabang tours of Vietrantour are priced at VND12.99 million a visitor while its four-day Myanmar tours sell for VND13.5 million a visitor and four-day Phnom Penh-Siem Reap tours VND10.89 million.Viet Communications and Tourism now is selling 1,000 local and overseas tourism tickets with … [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: tourists travelling during Tet holiday up 35 pct

(VOV) - Travel operators are reporting the upcoming Tet holidays have attracted many customers interested in package tours, amounting to a 35 percent increase over last year. Vietnam Airlines increases night flights for Tet holiday The capital city's tourism industry has described this year's Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays as the "9 golden days" of spring travel. Many Tet tours were already fully booked by early January, forcing customers to look elsewhere. Vietravel Company's Marketing Chief Duong Mai Lan said that from February 7- 15, her Hanoi company has booked 3,000 customers for tours. Currently 80 percent of domestic tours and 98 percent of international tours are booked out. Vietrantour Tourism Company has also seen high customer numbers. So far 95% of its tours have been fully booked. Vietrantour Communications Head Do Thu Anh said the number of customers booking tours during Tet increases by 12 percent on 2012. The most popular tours are to new destinations and … [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...]

Payout key to Old Quarter resettlement success

VietNamNet Bridge – Adequate compensation and income-generating opportunities are key factors that will determine the success of Ha Noi's plan to resettle thousands of residents from its Old Quarter, experts and residents say. The capital city will start the construction of a resettlement area next month as part of a project to move some 26,200 residents (6,500 households) from the city's overcrowded Old Quarter by 2020. They are to be resettled in apartment buildings in Long Bien District's Viet Hung Urban Area. According to the Hoan Kiem District People's Committee, the project aims to decrease population density, improve living conditions and preserve heritage sites in the Old Quarter. Viet Nam News spoke to authorities, experts and residents on the issue. Duong Duc Tuan - Chairman of Hoan Kiem District People's Committee Can you give us an outline of the Old Quarter Resettlement Plan? The Old Quarter Resettlement plan is an important policy that aims to ease the … [Read more...]

City supermarkets see major rush ahead of Tet

Nguyen Quyen and Quoc Hung Customers take a look at confectionary at a Co.opmart store in District 3, HCMC - PHOTO: THANH HOA Ample goods supply, promotions In previous years, the necessities for the holiday ran short, thus boosting prices. However, things have changed this year as goods at supermarkets are abundant and consumers benefit from many promotions and discounts. Co.opmart in collaboration with suppliers is running a promotional program to offer discounts on the final days of the old lunar year. Products like watermelon, clam, Dalat potato, cabbage, onion, sausage and biscuit are VND5,000-30,000 cheaper than on normal days. The supermarket chain has knocked 50% off around 4,500 items until February 18, one day prior to Tet. Big C supermarkets are offering discounts of 5-45% on 2,000 products for the holiday. In addition, customers with bills worth over VND500,000 can join a lucky draw to win many valuable prizes worth up to VND2 billion in total. Ho Quoc Nguyen, … [Read more...]

Mai Thuc Long: Mr. “Fire tiger”

(VOVworld) – VOV reporters love him for his modesty, simplicity, frankness, and fearlessness in confrontations. He considers the Voice of Vietnam to be a vital part of his life. His colleagues used to call him "Mai Thuc Fire", Mr. "Fire tiger", or Mr. "Long fire" because he was hotheaded. They respected and loved him for his modesty and frankness. He was always willing to listen to others, particularly when it was about personal feelings or radio program content. For him, the Voice of Vietnam is an important part of his life. He was in charge of communication programming. He was an honest and straight man and never afraid to say what was wrong and what was right. He was a man of arguments. Regarding his temper, I was once told that he was invited to attend a radio and television conference, after he saw the banner on the stage which said "television conference", he called a representative of the organizing board and threatened him: "If you don’t add the word "radio", I … [Read more...]

Telco Viettel aids poor people

Van Ly Viettel’s financing will benefit nearly 500 households as they will have new homes worth VND60 million each, and 1,000 cows along with stables in the first stage. The firm will rebuild a clinic in Ba Thuoc and another in DakRong, and install a wireless broadcasting system for all communes and villages in those districts in the second stage. Hoang Cong Vinh, deputy general director of Viettel, said the company would spend 80% of the money on healthcare and education and use the rest for development of information and communication technology there. In the first stage of the project, Viettel provided the three districts with a combined VND89 billion. … [Read more...]

Gifts presented to the poor on Tet festival

VNA Deputy General Director Dinh Dang Quang presents books to students and teachers in Ngan Thuy commune (Photo: VNA) A delegation from the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) headed by Deputy General Director Dinh Dang Quang has presented a house and Lunar New Year (Tet) gifts to ethnic minority people in the central province of Quang Binh. The 70 million VND (3,290 USD) house was gifted to orphan sisters Ho Thi Liec and Ho Xay in Ngan Thuy commune, Le Thuy district by the VNA Trade Union, Le Thuy district People’s Committee and Hanoi-based Hung Binh company. The VNA delegations also presented 260 Tet gift packages to ethnic minority households in Quang Binh. Meanwhile, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan handed over 330 million VND (14,100 USD) as aid to teachers and students from poor background in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan. Besides, he presented 20 tonnes of rice to ethnic schools in the northern provinces of Bac Kan, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Dien … [Read more...]

New attractive tours for Tet

Public sector employees nationwide will have 9 days off work for the forthcoming Tet Festival, and many travel agencies in Da Nang are taking advantage of the expected increase in demand for travel by launching various new tours. The Da Nang-based Viet Nam Travel Mart Company is offering day tours to some popular tourist sites in Da Nang, Hue and Quang Nam Province during the holiday period. They include the Ba Na Hills Resort, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An City, the My Son Sanctuary, the Cu Lao Cham Island, and the Hue Citadel. Meanwhile, the city’s branch of Viettravel is running a promotional programme until 25 March entitled ‘Beloved Spring 2015’. The company is offering many attractive day tours such as "Ba Na - A Path to Fairyland", "Charming Cu Lao Cham Island", and "Working as Farmers in the Tra Que Vegetable Village". Anyone booking their tours will be entered into a lucky draw to win cell phones, hand-held cameras, tablets and televisions. Da … [Read more...]