Vietnam-Malaysia bilateral trade hits US$4 billion

Malaysian Consul General Shazryll Zahiran and Chairman of the Vietnam-Malaysia Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City said the friendship and cooperative relations between the two countries have been developing strongly in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, education, training, tourism, defence and security.

International tourism investment promotion conference kicks off

The International Tourism Investment Promotion Conference “Four Countries – One Destination” 2011 to enhance regional tourism development in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam kicked off this morning in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ethnicity’s place of courtship recognized as cultural site

Nguyen Trung Thuong, Director of Ha Giang’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said the recognition was part of an effort to promote the cultural identity of ethnic minorities which make up a big part of the population of Ha Giang.

Vietnam tourism receipt poised to grow at a CAGR of 13pct

At present, Vietnam has become a more attractive destination for medical and cosmetic surgeries, by offering cheaper service prices than other countries. This has resulted in a rise in number of visitors from around the world seeking remedies for a range of medical needs. These include both critical health services as well as cosmetic and remedial care.

Austrian drama touts VN tourism

The Dream Hotel is a popular TV series in Austria and Germany produced by Lisa Film, that tells the story of a group young people that hang out in five-star hotels around the world. Each year, Lisa Film produces two new episodes, set in exotic locations such as The Seychelles, Mauritius, Bali, Mexico, Malaysia, China and South Africa. After eight years, 16 episodes of The Dream Hotel have been broadcast, and last year, viewing figures hit 173 million.

Province to get tough on tardy tourism projects

The projects had been licensed between one and two years ago, but the investors had either not begun work on them or failed to furnish investment plans to authorities.

Biennial drama festival kicks off

To encourage talented youths, only artists under the age of 40 are allowed to take part in the festival this year. "The regulation is set to give young artists an opportunity to perform on the stage, as well as to ensure that youths have enough opportunities to take main roles," said Vuong Duy Bien, director of the Art Performances Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Tourism looks for that extra push

Vietnam Hotel Association chairwoman Do Thi Hong Xoan said current land taxes on tourism residences were unreasonable. “A resort covers 20 hectares, but the developer builds facilities on 35-40 per cent of the total area only. However, the same tax rate is applied to the whole area, costing the business a hefty sum and it is unreasonable,” Xoan said.

Halong-Fangchenggang sea route reopens

Director of provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ha Quang Long said the inauguration ceremony of the route is expected to take place on April 12 at Hon Gai Vinashin Port in Halong city.

Hue Festival to be held next April

The festival, themed “Cultural heritage with integration and development- rendezvous of historical cities”, will be a spotlight of the National Tourism Year 2012, which will also be hosted by the province.

Inflation increases domestic tourism prices

Nguyen Cong Hoan, vice president of Hanoi Redtours, blamed the depreciation of the dong and rising oil and petrol prices for pushing up the cost of domestic tours. “Our tour packages have almost doubled in price compared to last year,” he said.

VN to participate in tourism trade fair in Germany

Being organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the event will include a seminar that focus on the protection of tourists and tour operators’ rights in the context of rising crises and the quick growth of tourism in the world.

“Return to the Roots” tourism programme kicks off

At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the three provinces’ efforts in promoting tourism and said their cooperation provides a good example for others to follow. He said he hopes the programme will create more tourism products and give all three provinces a facelift for developing tourism.

Vietnam’s tourism advertised on TVB channel

The programme, which is to be broadcasted on “Admiral’s Feast” of TVB, will introduce the beautiful sites and distinguished food of Vietnam.

Tame elephants face extinction

The population of existing tame elephants is being overexploited for tourism and is under threat from poachers. Elephants are also not being encouraged to breed, according to a study on tamed elephants in the province by Central Highlands University, which showed that the number of tamed elephants in the province had declined sharply from 502 in 1985 to 84 in 2000 and fewer than 60 last year.

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