By Nguyen Trang – Translated by Kim Khanh
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Vice Director of Quang Ngai Province Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ms. Huynh Thi Phuong Hoa stated that 504 innocent local people had been massacred by American troops more than half century ago. It has become one of the must-remembered numerous massacres in Vietnam’s history.
American veteran Billy Kelly, who had ever engaged in the war in Vietnam, sent 504 roses with the note “I could not visit Son My but I always pray for you” to the ceremony.
After the bloody massacre, Quang Ngai Province established Son My Relic Site, including exhibition spaces about massacre- related exhibits and documents and reconstructed and preserved evidences of the massacre.
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By Nguyen Trang- Translated by Huyen Huong
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Malaysia n Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) has partnered with SG Akademi Sdn Bhd (SGA) to strengthen talent development in the drone industry via the Centre of 9 Pillars (Co9P).
The Co9P houses I4.0 partners and relevant ecosystem companies and facilitate networks to collaboratively develop local I4.0 technologies, services and solutions.
MTDC chief executive officer Datuk Norhalim Yunus told the media after the signing of the MoU on the cooperation on April 20 that the partnership will see both parties identifying more participants for training, workshops, and seminars to be trained in Drone and IoT.
During the MoU signing event, both MTDC and SGA presented a sponsorship of 100,000 ringgit (24.300 USD) to strengthen talent development in the drone industry.
The MoU covers collaboration in the areas of capacity-building, training, technology development, and other specific activities such as providing technological services related to Industry 4.0 (I4.0), with specialities in drone technology and Internet of Things (IoT)./.
As part of his opening address at the function, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam noted that this year’s ceremony is being held at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage many countries worldwide, with tourism being one of the hardest-hit sectors.
According to the Deputy PM, due to the swift response and drastic measures put in place during the initial phases of the pandemic, Vietnam has been able to successfully control numerous COVID-19 outbreaks, making it easier for several economic sectors to recover, including the local tourism sector.
“When Vietnam is yet to open its doors to international travelers, this is a good opportunity for visitors to discover more about the natural beauty and cultural tradition of the country, fostering love for the homeland and national pride,” said Deputy PM Dam.
He therefore requested that State agencies and tourism service providers work to perfect their policies and design fresh products aimed at welcoming back international travelers when the international tourism market reopens.
It remains imperative to support coronavirus hit travel firms, deploy digital transformation in tourism, develop a safe, friendly, and cultural tourism environment, alongside preserving the unique traditional values of the nation, he stressed.
At the opening ceremony, delegates, tourists, and local people enjoyed a special art programme which was performed by more than 500 artists, models, and people. Following the conclusion of the art show a high-altitude fireworks display was also put on.
The northern province of Ninh Binh has been selected to host this year’s national tourism year, as it is home to the UNESCO-recognised Trang An tourism complex, the imperial city of Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park, Phat Diem Church, and various other tourist destinations.
Ninh Binh has made numerous breakthroughs in tourism development over the years, making it one of the leading travel destinations nationwide.
Currently, about 54 flights carry 20,000 arrivals to Phu Quoc Island every day, according to the Department of Tourism of Kien Giang Province, which administers the island regarded as Vietnam’s beach paradise.
The number is forecast to increase to 80 flights on the back-to-back holidays of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1).
The figures are the result of not only the high demand of summer travel but also the opening of Vietnam’s first-ever ‘sleepless city’ on Phu Quoc — an example of the inevitable trend in the tourism industry, in which independent night-time entertainment complexes are established in big cities.
Turning point of entertainment travel
The nearly-1,000-hectare area of Phu Quoc United Center was bustling on Tuesday morning, welcoming huge throngs on crowded electric buses in preparation for its grand opening on Wednesday.
In the Grand World component, luxury shopping retailers were gearing up to complete the very last decorations and preparation for their mini music and art shows.
As soon as 9:00 am on Tuesday, hundreds of workers gathered to embellish small scenes with pavilions, craft villages, and traditional products to resemble the ancient Vietnamese spaces at the venue for ‘The Quintessence of Vietnam’ show, which employs the largest modern technology in Vietnam.
The show’s director Viet Tu told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the performers’ goal is to attract visitors to the festive activities in the entertainment city.
Besides, visitors from other resort complexes and couples who were taking their pre-wedding photos at Grand World also added up the hustle and bustle in the city.
Tran Gia Hung, a tourist from District 7, Ho Chi Minh City who had traveled to different Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Thailand, said that he was strongly impressed by the scenery and majesty of colorful buildings in Vietnam’s first ‘sleepless city.’
Hung was even prouder that the project is characterized by Vietnamese identity.
According to Nguyen Thi Thu Yen, an assistant at the Tous Les Temps café at Grand World, restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping stores there have generally finished their decorations and been ready for serving customers.
“The number of visitors to Grand World today is beyondall expectations,” Yen said.
“They spend time here from morning till night.
“Their main activities include sightseeing, coffee time, and shopping for souvenirs with families and friends.
“I think this area, once officially put into operation, will be crowded and bustling day and night.
“I can’t wait for it.”
|Visitors enjoy a thrill ride at VinWonders on Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam, April 20, 2021. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre|
Phu Quoc waits to shine
According to Vu The Binh, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) tours play an important part in the domestic tourism sector as customers with the demand of relaxation often prefer this traveling model to exploration trips.
“This is clearly reflected in the ‘sleepless city’ model of Japan,” Binh said.
“Visitors there will be hooked on the variety of services, most of which are culinary and shopping.”
According to experts, during the development of a night-time economy, it is necessary for Vietnam to establish a system of night tourism products before building independent night-time entertainment complexes.
This is also Vietnam’s development orientation for the night-time economic model in the future.
In this fashion, Grand World with a combination of vivid activities at night and a series of exciting daytime festivals is expected to bring new vitality to the tourism economy of both Phu Quoc and Kien Giang.
A representative of the Kien Giang tourism department said that the number of flights from the country’s mainland to Phu Quoc would reach 80 on the holidays of Reunification Day and International Workers’ Day.
Meanwhile, 30 ferry trips can carry more than 4,000 passengers to the island ahead of the opening of the ‘sleepless city,’ according to Ho Thanh Sang, deputy director of the Kien Giang Port Authority.
Along with Da Lat, Vung Tau, Da Nang, and Nha Trang, Phu Quoc has become the most popular destination for Vietnamese tourists during the aforementioned four-day public holiday, according to a survey by the hotel reservation site Booking.com.
To ensure safety for tourists in the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital has sent 13 experienced doctors to Kien Giang to coordinate with the province in disease prevention and control.
In addition, Phu Quoc City leaders recently directly assigned missions to the navy, coast guards, and border guards who are responsible for preventing illegal entry from neighboring Cambodia, where the virus is taking its toll on local residents.
Thousands of shows a year
Another festive highlight that many visitors should look forward to is the 30-minute show ‘Colors of Venice’ held every evening at the Canal and Central Lake, featuring typical European designs, combined with romantic love stories and laser technology.
In addition to two main shows costing millions of dollars, the ‘sleepless city’ also offers at least 2,920 daytime mini shows, along with 365 evening performances, every year in various topics to bring visitors fresh feelings.
According to Bui Quoc Thai, director of the Kien Giang Department of Tourism, the models of endless entertainment and shopping will help introduce local agricultural products and specialties, especially through the Grand World night market’s 134 stalls, which are divided into four categories — cuisine, souvenirs, local specialties, and fashion items.
Tourists’ expectations for ‘sleepless city’
Duong Huan, a traveler from Ho Chi Minh City, showed his support for the development of a nigh-time economy, especially in big cities and tourism hot spots.
According to Huan, management agencies need to leverage each locality’s own identity more thoroughly to avoid boring repetition.
At the same time, more regulations on food safety and hygiene, pricing, security, and public order are needed for the healthy growth of business and preventing bad practices.
Localities with famous tourist destinations should improve public transport while ensuring security and public order for tourists, he said.
Besides, there should be suitable activities designed for different ages, especially for children, as many young families often find themselves in situations where they cannot entertain their kids during their trips.
According to Trang Ho, a visitor from Hanoi, she prefers taking part in outdoor activities at night during her vacations over more comfortable weather and less busy traffic.
However, tourists have few choices for night-time outdoor activities in Vietnamese cities, Ho complained.
“Nobody wants to stay in a hotel to watch TV during their trips,” Ho said.
“This point signals the business opportunity of the night-time economy.
“I think the ‘sleepless city’ should initially address this need and then other healthy entertainment services.”
The city’s authorities mull ways to further boost the night economy to revive the tourism industry.
Hanoi’s authorities have started to exploit the potential of the night economy model to attract tourists through organizing many activities in the city’s pedestrian streets.
Night market near Dong Xuan market. Photo: Zing.
A study on the development of night time industry in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City shows that economic activities in Vietnam are bustling from 7am to 5pm, according to Director of the Institute for Tourism Development Research Nguyen Anh Tuan.
However, day light consumption only generates 30% of the tourism revenue. Meanwhile, the favorite time for tourists to dig deep into their pockets is from 6 pm to 3 am the next day and so the tourism sector earns 70% its revenue from night consumption, Tuan said.
Since 2016, the Hanoi city government has allowed walking spaces around Hoan Kiem Lake and bars and entertainment catering services to stay open until 2am.
Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism Tran Trung Hieu said that on weekends before the Covid-19 outbreak, the walking streets around Hoan Kiem Lake welcomed 18,000-25,000 domestic and foreign tourists. On special occasions, the number of visitors even rose to 30,000.
After allowing the extension of the opening time of bars, restaurants and the number of tourist sites, stay-overs of tourists in Hoan Kiem district increased rapidly, according to Deputy Chairman of the Hoan Kiem district People’s Committee Dinh Hong Phong.
Specifically, from only 1.4 million tourists that visited Hoan Kiem district in 2016, three years later in 2019, the number increased to nearly 2.5 million.
The district collected tax revenue of VND7.7 trillion (US$332.4 million) in 2018 and VND9.6 trillion (US$414.3 million) in 2019, of which, revenue from night-time industry accounted for a large part, according to Phong.
Leverage for tourism post-Covid-19
Ta Hien Bia street attracts many tourists in the city. Photo: Zing
Vice Chairman of the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee Nguyen Anh Quan said that in the coming time, the district will focus on rolling out a pilot project of night economy including outdoor and indoor activities, as well as diversifying trade and artistic programs in walking spaces and other areas in the district.
In addition to Hoan Kiem, other districts in Hanoi are also focusing on developing night economy. Tay Ho district has held a host of art performances, street food fair in Trinh Cong Son pedestrian street.
From a view of tour operator, Quang Thang, director of Hanoitourist Travel Company, said that not only Hanoi but also the key tourist hubs such as Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Nha Trang should also focus on boosting the night time industry to stimulate visitors’ spending.
Sharing the same view, Dr. Vu Dinh Anh, a local economist, said that the development of the night economy will help the country make better use of resources and infrastructure and create more jobs.
However, in order to develop the night economy, tourism experts said that local authorities need to understand the potential value of the industry, and associate it with tourism as a driving force for development.
According to General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh, besides the project on the night economy, which is devised by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the agency is currently drawing up a number of proposals on tapping into the night economy and will submit them to the government for consideration.