Archive for September, 2011

In people’s thoughts, touring in Hanoi means visiting ancient streets, watching water puppetry, visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Museum of Ethnology. The itinerary has not changed over the last many years.

It is estimated that 40 percent of travelers only stay in Hanoi as a transit point before leaving for other tourism sites.

Having dinner, watching water puppetry, and that’s all

An international exhibition titled “Food and Hotel Vietnam 2011” opened at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City on September 28.

The event attracted 373 companies from 30 nations and territories around the globe such as Australia, Belgium, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the US and Poland.

On display at the exhibition were the latest technologies for the hotel industry, including products related to lighting, interior decoration, management systems, packaging, information and communications.

Despite having a beautiful coastline, Vietnam needs to do much to develop beaches and island tourism from planning to creating tours, to protecting beaches and islands with the engagement of coastal fishermen. This work should be done through cooperation between the State and enterprises and is a common task of the whole community.

Tourism exploitation reveals limitations

Vietnam has taken further steps toward joining an open sky market of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with an aim at supporting strong trade and tourism growth and regional economic integration.

Vo Huy Cuong, director of Air Transport Department at the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, said Vietnam had agreed to liberalize cargo and passenger services markets with many members of the ASEAN bloc, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

If you are visiting Dong Thap Province in the flooding season, tourists, even locals in the Mekong Delta will feel excited with the familiar and strange feeling of nature in the alluvium wetland. If travelers come from other regions, that feeling will intensify when sitting on a small wooden boat drifting along the dark red canal, winding in the forest and then falling into the vast space of sky and water.

Vietnam is still not a familiar destination for Japanese leisure travelers, even though Vietnam ranks 12th out of 30 countries welcoming Japanese visitors in 2010, said a Japanese tourism entrepreneur.

Katsumi Shimizu, senior manager in charge of inbound tourism at JTB Corp., which joined the International Tourism Expo in Ho Chi Minh City last week, told the Daily that Vietnam should adjust marketing tools to make itself known to more Japanese tourists.

Research conducted by the National Australia Bank (NBA) and the online travel company Expedia has shown that Turkey, Tanzania and Vietnam are the best-value overseas destinations for Australian people.

The list also named other destinations such as Argentina, Thailand, Iceland, Hong Kong, the US, Pakistan and Philippines.

Vietnam made the top of the list based on currency fluctuations against the Australian dollar to find the best-value destinations for travellers.

Local authorities are urging Swiss-backed Trustee Suisse Group to get a move on with its mega tourism project on Phu Quoc Island.

Kien Giang People’s Committee recently announced it had set deadlines for Trustee Suisse and its local partner - Vinaconex R&D Corporation – to sign off on a detailed master plan of their Asia Pearl tourism project and land compensation and resettlement plans. The investors have been told to submit a detailed investment plan to the local authority within one year, while the deadline for the land compensation and resettlement plan is six months from August 22.

The Mekong Delta is emerging as a tourism investment hotspot.

A Saigontourist representative just unveiled the holding company would kick-off the construction of its four-star Saigon-Vinh Long hotel in Vinh Long city in the Mekong Delta at a cost of VND157 billion ($7.58 million) in the first quarter of 2012.

The prospective hotel, consisting of nine floors, 84 rooms covering 2,300 square metres, is slated to come online in the third quarter of 2013.

We cruised down to Ngo Dong heading to Tam Coc tourist site in the morning when the rice comes into harvest and colors the river yellow. More than two hours after drifting along the river we sensed the authentic beauty of the northern province of Ninh Binh and the mysterious attraction of Tam Coc-Bich Dong.