Cathay climbs with local aviation scene

It is undeniable that Vietnam is of the fastest and largest growing aviation markets in South East Asia and the world. With good government support, economic and infrastructure development, its aviation has gone a long way to reach today’s standards. The continued growth of the Vietnamese economy, people’s increasing purchasing power and desire to travel are obviously vital elements for Vietnam’s aviation to grow in significance.

Locals still shun credit cards due to high fees

Commercial banks have encouraged customers who have to travel abroad to opt for international credit card to meet their demand for US dollar.

Hoi An makes top 10 destinations in UK travel magazine

The city received 96 per cent of votes from readers to rank second.

Holiday tours see strong rise despite economic woes

According to travel agencies, the number of tourists booking tours during the four-day holidays increased by 20-30 per cent compared to the last year’s same period.

Growing the green lotus

Created by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Green Lotus is looking to inspire a widespread, nationwide cleansing. The symbol will be used to certify travel services that employ environmental friendly or “green” practices with the aim of developing a stable and sustainable tourism industry in Vietnam.

Ha Noi snake village lures visitors for spring festival

It plans to host the first Australian tourists groups this June, following a co-operation between Ha Noi-based Focus Travel Company and the Australia Pacific Touring agency.

Specific strategy needed for tourism development

Few years ago, not many people knew about Malaysian tourism but in recent years the country has received a large number of tourists because they have coordinated with other countries, such as Singapore and Thailand. Currently, international tourism linking is a common trend in the world as it saves time and money to promote trademark. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia share cultural similarities and if travel agents know how to promote the tours of three countries together, they will become attractive destinations for international visitors.

International seminar aims to build tourist destination brands

Attending the event were also 150 international tourism experts, managers and businesses from the tourism sector, representatives from the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Department, the Netherlands Development Organization, the China National Tourism Administration and some Vietnamese travel companies.

Hạ Long Bay ranks second in Top 10 best boat journeys

Lonely Planet describes that bobbing on the emerald waters of Hạ Long Bay and moving through its 3000-odd limestone islands is simply sublime. “The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird tunes,” the travel magazine writes.

TV show features worldwide caravan tour

Titled Caravan Vong Quanh The Gioi (Caravan Round the World Trip) and produced by Indochina Media JSC of the Indochina Group, the 30 minute shows will be screened once a week at 11am every Sunday. The eight-person team will travel across all seven continents, with the first episode focusing on the Golden Triangle in the border area of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

PM orders price stabilisation effort during holidays

Under Directive 2164/CT-TTg, ministries, sectors and localities must focus on removing legal barriers and create favourable conditions for businesses to expand production to ensure smooth provision of key commodities like rice, poultry, meat, vegetables, milk, construction materials, medicines and travel services. The Ministry of Finance was assigned to co-ordinate with other relevant ministries and localities to maintain the prices of coal, electricity and petrol. The State Bank of Viet Nam must take strong measures to stabilise the prices of gold and foreign currencies as well as interest rates.

VN in the eyes of Australian visitors

The phenomenon is reinforced by VNAT, which has reported a 128% rise in Australian visitor numbers in 2010 - the greatest increase of inbound arrivals from non-Asian countries. The trend appears unlikely to be a flash in the pan either. The results of the Asia-Pacific Travel Intentions Survey, a major poll conducted by Visa and the Pacific-Asia Travel Association, were announced in November. They showed that an impressive 16% of Australians canvassed plan to visit Việt Nam in the coming two years.

VN – A favored destination

This is the result of a tourism trend survey among 7,000 people from 13 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010 by Visa International (Visa) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Viet Nam tops must-visit destination poll

Results of the Asia - Pacific Travel Intentions Survey were shared by two conductors - Visa and the Pacific - Asia Travel Association (PATA) at a seminar in Ha Noi yesterday (Nov. 11).

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