Travellers Notes (29-04-2006) Trans-Viet Nam tour for Buddhists Saigontourist Travel Service is conducting a trans-Viet Nam tour for a group of 80 overseas Vietnamese Buddhists from Australia, Canada, France and the US from April 16 to May 3. The tour, which combines travel with charity activities, began in HCM City and takes in Buon Me Thuot, Hoi An, Hue, Phong Nha, Nghe An, Ninh Binh, Ha Long, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc, Ha Noi, Soc Son, Tien Giang, Kien Giang and Can Tho. The group has visited historic pagodas, Truong Son Cemetery and Dong Loc crossroads. A charity fund of US$60,000 donated by the Buddhists is being distributed to the blind, rehab centres, orphanages, leper houses, centres for homeless people, dioxin victims and poor families. Tourism sector to offer more Viet Nam’s tourism industry will enhance co-operation with international carriers to attract more foreign tourists. The Viet Nam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is encouraging overseas airlines to carry both inbound and outbound travelers, said VNAT deputy chairman Pham Tu. In the past years VNAT has worked with the national flag carrier Viet Nam Airlines only. Viet Nam’s tourism sector was ranked fifth in the region behind Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia….
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