Viet Nam News BÌNH DƯƠNG – Vietnamese and Malaysian scholars have predicted an increase in tourism between Bình Dương Province and Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia, following a conference held in the province on Saturday. The conference was organised by the province’s Thủ Dầu Một University and the University of Science in Malaysia. Professor Badaruddin Mohamed, who manages the Tourism Research Circle unit at the School of Housing, Building and Planning at the University of Science, said that city tourism would be promoted through bilateral understanding of culture and communities. Malaysian participants at the event described the special traits of Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including traditional craft villages, entertainment zones, and Muslim architecture and community. They also provided information to local tourism authorities and agencies on how to welcome Muslim tourists, mostly from … [Read more...] about Bình Dương Province and Penang to promote tourism
How to promote tourism
New Zealand kicks off contest to promote tourism The Saigon Times Daily Students show excitement at the launch of the “New Zealand - New Horizon” contest in Hanoi last week - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE NEW ZEALAND EMBASSY IN VIETNAM The New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam on April 25 kicks off a competition in Hanoi in which contestants will design a poster and slogan for promoting New Zealand tourism in Vietnam on the occasion of the first direct air service between Auckland and HCMC being launched in June. According to the embassy, tourism has recently become one of New Zealand’s most important industries. The number of Vietnamese visitors to New Zealand has remained small while over 30,000 New Zealanders visit Vietnam a year. The “New Zealand - New Horizon” contest aims to bolster Vietnamese people’s interest in and knowledge of New Zealand and its landscapes, culture, food and relationship with Vietnam. “Tourism links are a really … [Read more...] about New Zealand kicks off contest to promote tourism
VietNamNet Bridge - The professionalism, not the big sum of money, will decide the success of tourism promotion programs. Huynh Tan Vinh, Chair of the Da Nang Tourism Association, informed that 4-5 star hotels in the coastal areas of Da Nang and Hoi An have decided to join hands to establish the Da Nang 5-star Hotel Association, whose main function is to promote Da Nang's sea tourism. More than 10 hotels have joined the organization, though the membership fee is not low. Each of the members has to pay $6000 for the first year of membership, while the figure may be higher in the next years. The Da Nang 5-star hotel Association would carry out in a professional way the promotion campaigns to introduce to travelers the great tourism potentials. Especially, the promotion programs would run independently with the programs to be launched by local authorities. In fact, this is not a new model at all. Ten years ago, Paul Stone, who was then General Director of the 5-star Furama Da … [Read more...] about How much does Vietnam need to promote tourism, 1 trillion or 1 billion dong?
Foreign tourists cross a road in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam's tourism sector has been plagued by various problems, from a lack of tourism products to a shortage of parking lots for tourist buses. Vietnam has a tourism sector snagged in a net of troubles. It is constantly criticized for the lack of quality products, the absence of effective promotion plans, the shortage of professional tour guides with good foreign language skills and so on. One can argue that such problems take time to solve. But what about some "basic" issues like the lack of public toilets for travelers, the harassment of street vendors, the lack of parking lots for tourist buses, protection on the streets…? Are these big problems that will take time to solve as well, or is there a greater problem underlying all these problems, big and small? The article titled "Lack of public toilets cramps Vietnam tourism" published in Vietweek last week was not the first to cover the problem of … [Read more...] about Ignoring basic problems no way to promote tourism
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) will begin airing a commercial promoting Vietnam as a tourism destination in July, an official said. The 15-second commercial, which is still being edited, will be broadcast three times a day for three months, according to Nguyen Van Tinh, director of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's International Co-operation Department. The commercial was completely produced by the BBC. The total production and broadcasting package will cost US$100,000, he said. "It will focus on promoting coastal tourism, and introduce various beach destinations from north to south, including Ha Long, Nha Trang, Mui Ne and others in the central region," he said. "Only the most impressive scenes were selected for this 15-second spot." Tinh said Vietnam is targeting tourists in markets like Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK, and the US. BBC was chosen to promote tourism in Vietnam between May and July 2009 under a … [Read more...] about Vietnam to promote tourism on BBC network