Dao Loan and Anh Quan Travel firms asked to check info of visitors to Israel The decision to stop tours to Bangkok was taken as Thai anti-government demonstrators on Monday started blocking important traffic points. However, there are still Vietnamese visitors in the city. Saigontourist Travel Service Company informed that the last group of the firm's customers completed their touring program in Bangkok and came back home on Sunday. Saigontourist offered daily tours to Thailand before but the firm has sent no tours to the Southeast Asian nation as of now. Saigontourist has yet to confirm when to resume Bangkok tours. Similar to Saigontourist, other tour operators in HCMC were also watching the situation in Bangkok on Monday. A number of companies have stopped the tours as of the end of this week and they have even suspended selling tours to Thailand for Tet although this is a big business season of tours to Thailand. "We have halted Thai tours for two weeks and have no plans to … [Read more...] about Many travel firms stop Bangkok tours on safety concerns
Taking back sunday tour
MOSCOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry will send an aircraft to Vietnam on Sunday to take back home Russian tourists involved in a bus crash in Vietnam that killed at least ten people, the ministry said Saturday. "An Il-76 plane will take off from the Moscow Region Ramenskoye airport in the morning March 15. It is equipped with medical modules and everything necessary to transport those injured," a spokeswoman said. The ministry said 15 Russians were injured in the crash. The tour group's Vietnamese guide was also killed when the bus fell down a precipice about 50 kilometers from the tourist city of Dalat as the bus returned from a day trip. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offered his condolences on Saturday to the families of the Russian tourists involved in the crash. Presidential spokeswoman Natalya Timakova earlier told journalists that the president had ordered Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu to do everything necessary to ensure … [Read more...] about Injured Russians to fly home from Vietnam on Sunday
The glorious voyage through the 2,500-year history of the drachma that the director of the numismatic museum in Athens organises for school groups ends with a warning: fight to keep the euro. Photo: AFP "I tell these children who have only known the euro that they have to do everything to keep it," George Kakavas said, as he led a tour around the mansion once owned by German businessman and archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. He said he had a personal passion for the drachma -- a "magnificent" currency once used in an empire stretching from Egypt to India under Alexander the Great -- although he admits its more recent history has been less than glorious. "When I was in London studying archaeology I remember I had drachmas in my pocket and I couldn't go far," Kakavas told AFP in an interview. And he admitted that with the recent round of austerity cuts that have hit Greece's cultural heritage "the drachma museum is short of euros." The museum charts the history of the … [Read more...] about Greece and the ‘magnificent’ drachma: Back to the future?
Yaya Toure is setting his sights on sustained success after firing Manchester City to the brink of a first league title in 44 years. The Ivory Coast international's double edged City past Newcastle on a key afternoon on Tyneside to leave them needing to beat struggling QPR at home next Sunday to end their long wait. A first ever Barclays Premier League success on top of last season's FA Cup final triumph would represent a creditable return on owner Sheikh Mansour's sizeable investment in the club and justify Toure's own decision to join his revolution. The 28-year-old told citytv: "Always I have said this club can go far, this club can win something. "Khaldoon [Al Mubarak, City chairman] and Mansour are doing incredibly well. They have signed big players and they want to make this club a great club, one of the best clubs in Europe, and they are going the right way. "Last year, we won the FA Cup and we have to continue like that and next week try to win the game against … [Read more...] about Yaya Toure ready to create City history
The Premier League crown may well be heading to the blue half of Manchester after City claimed a title-tilting 1-0 victory over United at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. The result means that if City win their final two games - at Newcastle on Sunday and at home to QPR on the last day - they will be crowned champions for the first time since 1968. With such high stakes it was no surprise they started extremely nervously, but Vincent Kompany's header on the stroke of half-time loosened United's stranglehold in a game City richly deserved to win. The pressure looked to tell on Sir Alex Ferguson Ferguson, who approached Roberto Mancini in a finger-jabbing fury after Nigel de Jong had brought down Danny Welbeck in the second half. The Italian responded in kind and at one point only fourth official Mike Jones stood between the pair, who after repeated clashes, were eventually pulled apart by their backroom staff. Tempers had cooled at the final whistle enough for the customary … [Read more...] about City take control of title race