As many as 132 works and items in the Complex of Hue Monuments have been restored since it was recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage in 1993.
Significant works include Ngo Mon (Noon Gate), Thai Hoa Place, Hien Lam Pavilion, Dien Tho Palace, Sung An Palace, Thien Mu Pagoda and An Dinh Palace among others.
According to the Vice Director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, Mai Xuan Minh, the centre has set up ties with over 50 international organisations, including those from France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Poland and Germany to research and restore the relics.
Visitors to the central province of Quang Nam can experience the local culture in My Son Village in Duy Xuyen district through a new community tourism model.
The community-based tourism village was inaugurated by the International Labour Organisation and the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on May 14.
It has 237 families and is located close to the world cultural heritage site of My Son.
These days, pubs, restaurants and other recreational centres in BinhThuan Province’s Mui Ne resort are crowded with Russian tourists enjoying their holidays on the occasion of Vietnam’s V-day celebrations.
According to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, more than 130,550 Russian tourists arrived in the province last year, making up 36.7 percent of the total number of foreign visitors to the locality.
Meanwhile, many restaurants and shops in Khanh Hoa Province’s Nha Trang City are advertising their products and services in the Russian language.
The number of tourist arrivals in Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province since early this year has been rising sharply, almost doubling year-on-year.
This marks the first time the number of visitors to Phu Quoc has suddenly grown after the year-end peak season, said Le Minh Hoang, director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Kien Giang Province.
Usually in the low season, Phu Quoc welcomed some 20,000 tourists each month, but last month the number of tourists visiting the island was 38,000.
The gloomy picture of the development of the tourism industry of Vietnam has been defined at the consultation meeting on the state management of tourism recently, held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hanoi. How to stimulate tourism in the difficult economic context is still a difficult problem for the non-smoke industry.
In the current context of economic difficulties, tourism is considered the highlight with around 6.7 million foreign visitors (up by 11 percent), 32.5 million domestic visitors (up 7 percent) and the total revenue of VND160 trillion (up 16 percent).
Do Hoang Anh Tuan, deputy minister of Finance believes in raising Vietnam’s image by offering refund on Value Added Tax (VAT) on commodities purchased in Vietnam by foreign travellers at point of departure at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports from July 2012 till June 2013.
The deputy minister mentioned this at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City recently to implement the new pilot scheme that will offer a VAT refund to foreigners leaving the country with purchases made during their stay.
According to local travel agencies, domestic air travel during the coming month-end holidays is expected to see a sharp drop in the number of travellers, with travel companies set to lose hundreds of millions of Vietnamese dong.
So far, the numbers of travellers booking air trips only account for one third of the number of available tickets.
It was a beautiful clear day when Long and his friends visited the Cham Islands hoping to see the World Biosphere Reserve, the pearl of Vietnam recognised by UNESCO in 2009.
Although the islands can be seen from the land, it takes over 25 minutes to canoe to them from Cua Dai beach in Hoi An City of the central province of Quang Nam. The Cham Islands are made up of eight small islands, Hon Lao being the largest with fishermen living there and the three biggest beaches: Huong, Lang and Ong.
Many travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City are offering various promotional schemes on domestic and international tours to lure customers, whose numbers have dropped sharply after a substantial increase in airfares and other service charges.
However, local Vienam travel agencies say that this year, despite offers of so many promotional programmes, the numbers of tourists have not increased, causing much anxiety in the travel industry.
Companies of Vietnam tour offer low-budget tours
Vietnamese travel firms have vowed to lure more Japanese travelers to Vietnam. But how to do that remains a headache.
Doing business in pain
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) reported that 481,500 Japanese travelers to Vietnam tour in 2011, an increase of 8.9 percent in comparison with 2010.