Its competitors are China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand. UNESCO heritage site Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh was also named Asia's leading tourist attraction. Since its recognition as a UNESCO natural world heritage in 1994, Ha Long Bay has found a spot on the global tourism map, with travel bloggers and filmmakers hailing its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone pillars topped by rainforests. The bay helped Quang Ninh welcome 14 million tourists, including 5.7 million foreigners, in 2019, an increase of 14 percent from the previous year. Van Don, Vietnam's first private airport, in Quang Ninh also won Asia’s leading airport title. Inaugurated in December 2018, the VND7.5 trillion airport lies 50 kilometers from Ha Long Bay. The results were based on votes cast by travel industry professionals and the public. World Travel Awards was first launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel … [Read more...] about Vietnam wins award as Asia’s leading tourist destination
Awards and honours 2020
Major Nguyễn Trung Kiên (first, right) with Châu in a quarantined area in Tân Phú Ward, Thủ Đức City. Photo qdnd.vn HÀ NỘI — Major Nguyễn Trung Kiên, a military officer of Thủ Đức City’s Military Command, has adopted three children orphaned by COVID-19 in HCM City. Kiên said he felt extreme sorrow when the four-year-old girl welcomed him as he brought the ashes of her mother, who died of COVID-19, to the woman’s rented room in the city’s Tân Phú Ward on August 8. The four-year-old girl, named Phạm Thị Bảo Châu, was the only known relative of the woman, Kiên said. “I was very surprised and sadden that she was the only relative of the woman at that time,” Kiên said. “When I saw her naively touch her mother’s ash box, as a father of two children, it was a heartbreaking moment," he added. Kiên said he found Châu living alone in the rented room. Neighbours, who were also infected with COVID-19 and were self-monitoring at home, took care of Châu when her mother was being treated … [Read more...] about Soldier adopts three children orphaned by COVID-19
As scheduled, the second session of Vietnam’s 15th National Assembly will officially ratify the hallmark Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), meaning the next step for Vietnam to further embrace investment from and trade cooperation with the agreement’s partners. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung told VIR, “The RCEP will be a big success for all 15 members. It has taken years for the nations to negotiate and ink the agreement. This means the RCEP is very important to the region, especially in the current context that the whole world is badly affected by the pandemic, with the disruption of many supply chains.” According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the RCEP is expected to fully take effect in early 2022. Under the agreement, it can be implemented within 60 days after at least six ASEAN countries and three non-ASEAN nations complete their domestic procedures. Last November, the 10 ASEAN member states and the bloc’s partners (China, … [Read more...] about RCEP to beat drum for further trade
“In Her Voice” webinar aims at raising the call among men on providing women filmmakers’ specific needs to create networks and opportunities for them. Difficulties of female filmmakers in their journey to international film festivals and access to cinema support funds were high on the agenda of a webinar entitled “In Her Voice” held in Hanoi on Oct 19. The renowned Vietnamese couple of directors Thanh Van and Nhue Giang. Photo courtesy of UNESCO Office in Vietnam The webinar, attended by Vietnamese and international speakers, was jointly organized the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Embassy of Canada to Vietnam, and the Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam on the occasion of the Vietnamese Women’s Day, which falls on Oct 20. It is part of the “E-MOTIONS” project - Mobilizing film professionals for regional cooperation- conducted by UNESCO and its partners, with the support from the Japanese Funds-in-Trusts. It … [Read more...] about Women filmmakers struggle to overcome gender prejudice
PANO – The Standing Office under the State Steering Committee for the National Action Programme on Overcoming the Aftermath of Bombs, Mines and Explosives Left by the War in the 2010-2025 period (Programme 504) held a press briefing and opened the exhibition “Overcoming the aftermath of bombs and mines left by the war for a peaceful life” on the morning of March 25th, at the Military Engineering Museum. Present at the event were Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Tuan, Chief of the Political Education and Information Department, and Chief of the Dissemination Subcommittee of Programme 504; Major General Le Phuc Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper, and Vice Chief of the Dissemination Subcommittee of Programme 504; Major Pham Quang Xuan, Commander of the Military Engineering Corps, and Vice Chief of the Standing Office of Programme 504; along with representatives of Central ministries and agencies, and reporters. Major General Le Phuc Nguyen, … [Read more...] about Vietnam needs int’l support in clearing unexploded ordnance
The ticking time bomb of Evergrande has been making headlines for many days. The world's most indebted real estate group is saddled with more than $305 billion in debt and has issued repeated warnings that it could default. Currently, Evergrande's stock and bond prices are falling sharply, declining 90 per cent from their peak in 2020. Shareholders and 70,000 investors stand to lose almost everything as the Chinese government signalled intention to let Evergrande handle matters on its own under market mechanisms. According to CNBC , the Evergrande is threatening to push over real estate companies like a line of dominoes stretching across China while the international press is making a list of other large enterprises whose hefty debts could catch up with them after property sales and debt credit decline. The cooling of the housing market could pose a serious risk to the Chinese economy, as the real estate industry contributes nearly 30 per cent of its GDP and is one of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s real estate scene post-Evergrande: who will stand tall?