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Vietnam PM approves ambitious investment plan for Sa Pa

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a significant investment plan for the northern mountain town of Sa Pa, one Vietnam’s major tourist attractions. Located on an altitude of 1,600 meters, Sa Pa is set to become a world-class resort town , according to the government website. The new “Sa Pa Tourism Area” will divide […]

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Sai Gon plans National Day festivities

Streets and parks in Ho Chi Minh City will be alive with festivities in celebration of National Day which falls on September 2. A special music and song programme at the Pink Lotus Stage located in 23/9 Park in District 1 will kick off the city-wide festivities this weekend. Organised by the city’s Department of […]

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A chance for travel operators in National Day vacation 2014

The four-day long holiday ending on September 2 (known as the National Day) is long-awaited. It marks the last summertime vacation, allowing the public to discover a range of products and services offered by travel companies, both domestically and internationally. A new domestic tour launched by major travel companies explores the culture of the H’Mong […]

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Vietnamese arrivals to Japan up 50 percentage as tour prices fall

The number of Vietnamese tourists visiting Japan in the first six months of this year has surged 50 percent year on year, a tourism association has reported, citing a significant reduction in tour prices to the East Asian country. More than 70,000 Vietnamese holidaymakers visited Japan in the first half of this year, a 50 […]

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Ha Noi festival to celebrate Mong weaving skills

The best weavers from the Mong community in Pa Co Commune in the northern Hoa Binh province will demonstrate the quintessence of Mong weaving culture this weekend in Ha Noi. Entitled The Spell of Mong Textiles, the event is part of Improving Livelihood of Ethnic Minority Women through Sustainable Development of the Ethnic Textile Value […]

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Russian tourists to Vietnam on the rise

The number of Russian tourists to Vietnam has increased in the past few years, particularly to Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Thuan Province’s Phan Thiet City in southern and central Vietnam, France’s Le Monde Diplomatique reported in its August issue. The French newspaper which is published every month said that tourists from Russia have […]

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H’Mong people show flute skills in August festival

The H’Mong ethnic minority people’s traditional Khen (flute) festival is set to take place in Dong Van district, Ha Giang province on August 30-31 featuring a wide range of special activities. Ly Trung Kien, Vice Chairwoman of the Dong Van district People’s Committee, said the annual festival aims to preserve and promote the H’Mong’s traditional […]

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Airlines benefit from service fee cuts at Vietnam’s int’l airports

Aiming to get more foreign tourists to Viet Nam, the Government is granting a 50 per cent discount to airlines with flights to and from five local airports by end-2015. The discount, to be granted within a three-year time frame, will be for international flights to and from Phu Bai Airport in central Thua Thien-Hue […]

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Saving tourist sites from tourism

Many experts are worried that too much tourism can lower the quality of heritage locations – and even lead to its destruction. They’re trying to work out how heritage can be commercially exploited without losing its aesthetic appeal to Vietnamese and others who treasure it. Nguyen Thu Hanh, director of the Scientific Union for Sustainable […]

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Direct flights help Danang tourism fly high

International tourism to Danang city has picked up remarkably over the past two months thanks to the establishment of direct overseas air routes, said Tran Chi Cuong, deputy director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The reopening of air routes from China’s Hangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu and Xi’an to Danang in July and […]

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VN to halt tours to Ebola-affected countries

The Viet Nam Tourism Administration has advised all operators to temporary halt all tours to countries heavily affected by the Ebola virus such as Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The Administration has called on tour operators to provide enough information to tourists and travellers on preventing Ebola and following medical check-ups as requested by […]

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Visitors to Lao Cai up 25%

The number of tourists to northern mountainous Lao Cai Province witnessed a year-on-year increase of 25% over the past seven months of the year. It was largely attributed to the locality’s 2014 Tourism Promotion Program which promotes images of “Safe, friendly and attractive Lao Cai”. To attract more visitors, the province continues to launch the […]