Number of international visitors to Viet Nam rebounds in July


(TITC) – According to the General Statistics Office, the number of international visitors to Viet Nam in July gained 593,566 arrivals, up 12.1 percent over the previous month and 5.1 percent against the same period last year. By means of transportation, the visitors to Viet Nam by air estimated 508,460 arrivals, accounting for 85.7% of the total int’l arrivals to Viet Nam in July, up 21.3% over the previous month; By sea:1,958 and by road: 83,148, accounting for 0.3% and 14%, respectively. In July, the number of arrivals from 5 European countries which have recently exempted from visa significantly grew: Spain (+71.1%), Italy (+18.3%), Germany (+45.1%), UK (+30%) and France (+73.6%). In addition, some of big markets also increased sharply over the last month: USA (+11,6%), China (+11,9%), Taiwan (+35,6%), and Australia (+52,2%). Total international arrivals in 7 months reached 4,398,202 arrivals, down 9.4% over the same period last year, in which the biggest drops … [Read more...]

Viet Nam draw Taipei 0-0 in friendly match


Striker Nguyen Minh Nguyet of Viet Nam (centre) vies for a ball with Chinese Taipei players during their friendly but goalless match in Ha Nam Province on August 4. — Photo HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's women's football team drew Chinese Taipei in a goalless friendly match on August 4 in Ha Nam Province. Coach Norimatsu Takashi of Viet Nam said his players did not perform well in the match as their Taipei rivals had better physique and body form. He said a lot of work was needed to improve the team's performance. It was the second match between the two sides in Viet Nam. Viet Nam won the first match 3-2. The friendly matches were part of both teams' preparations for their second Olympics qualifying round in Myanmar next month. Viet Nam will take part in a 12-day training course in Japan from August 24 to September 5. — VNS … [Read more...]

Photos: Child rescued from 13m-deep hole in Binh Duong


A seven-year-old girl, who fell into a 13m-deep hole in the southern Binh Duong Province yesterday, was rescued after a 10-hour-long effort. The girl, Tu Anh, fell into the deep hole near the pipeline of a well when she was playing with her friends in a fallow land 50m from her home in Tan Vinh Hiep Commune, Tan Uyen District. The new 80m-deep well has been operational for seven months. When the well was dug, workers had also drilled a large 13m-deep hole near the pipeline. The girl fell into this hole. Hearing the screams of the girl, 100 employees of the provincial department's fire-fighting force came to save her. After digging for 10 hours from 5pm to 1am, the rescuers succeeded in pulling the girl out of the hole. … [Read more...]

Exploring More of Americas with Emirates’ Pass

Emirates passengers looking to explore beyond the airline's network of American destinations now have dozens of options with the Americas Pass.

With one combined ticket, travellers flying to any of Emirates’ 10 US destinations can connect to over 90 cities across the USA, Canada and Latin America through Emirates’ five partner airlines: Jet Blue, Alaska Airline, Virgin America, WestJet Airlines and Porter Airlines. The Americas Pass will allow customers to enjoy competitive fares starting from Ú$99 per flight sector within America. The pass will also come with a generous baggage allowance on all internal flights, adopting Emirates’ two-piece policy for flights in Canada, North or South America as well as no minimum stay requirement. Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates explains: "Emirates’ Americas Pass gives our passengers something we’ve never offered before: freedom to explore two continents with a single ticket in conjunction with a long-haul Emirates trip. From Vancouver, Canada to San Juan, Puerto Rico and hundreds of destinations in … [Read more...]

Viet Nam’s tallest building to open in 2018

The highest building in Vietnam and top 10 skyscraper in the world Landmark 81 is expected to open in 2018. - Photo courtesy of Vingroup

The Landmark 81, which is expected to be Viet Nam's tallest building, will open in 2018, the investor Vingroup has said. The 81-storey skyscraper, to be among the top 10 tallest buildings in the world, is located in the luxury urban area Vinhomes Central Park in HCM City's Binh Thanh District. The complex consists of hotels, serviced apartments, shopping centres, bars, a restaurant and an observation centre. At least 456 luxury apartments with an area of 55-172 sq.m each are being built. When completed, the building will have the highest observation desk in Viet Nam and the highest bar and restaurant in Southeast Asia. Source VNS … [Read more...]

Photos: Child rescued from 40m-deep hole in Binh Duong


A seven-year-old girl, who fell into a 40m-deep hole in the southern Binh Duong Province yesterday, was rescued after a 10-hour-long effort. The girl, Tu Anh, fell into the deep hole near the pipeline of a well when she was playing with her friends in a fallow land 50m from her home in Tan Vinh Hiep Commune, Tan Uyen District. The new 80m-deep well has been operational for seven months. When the well was dug, workers had also drilled a large 40m-deep hole near the pipeline. The girl fell into this hole. Hearing the screams of the girl, 100 employees of the provincial department's fire-fighting force came to save her. After digging for 10 hours from 5pm to 1am, the rescuers succeeded in pulling the girl out of the hole. VNS/VNN/Zing/VNE … [Read more...]

Vietnam to have express railway by 2040


The transport ministry has set a plan to complete the North-South express rail line by 2040. At a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong said the ministry would focus on studying the implementation of the project till 2020. They will begin with the study of the sections from HCM City to Nha Trang City and from Ha Noi to Vinh City. Relevant transport agencies will hold workshops to receive feedback from experts and the public. The ministry will submit the proposal to the National Assembly for its approval by 2018. Dong said there would be difficulties in mobilising capital, techniques and human resources. International experts will be invited to study the project. Minister Dinh La Thang asked the relevant agencies to finish the study by 2020 and to start the project immediately after that. Earlier this year, the government approved the railway development strategy for the 2020-2030 period, according to which train speeds will be from 160km per … [Read more...]

Cu Lao Cham – the friendly green island


VietNamNet Bridge - Cu Lao Cham is known as a beautiful island with various wild animals and legendary landscapes. The large island consists of eight islets, 20 kilometers off the coast from Hoi An Ancient Town in Quang Nam Province. It has wonderful sandy beaches, forested hills and the sea. With a primitive landscape, the island is ideal for camping, swimming and scuba diving to enjoy the corals and beautiful marine life. Cham islands are reportedly the first place where Cham people landed, coming to Quang Nam Province from Indonesia (small monuments, dikes and basin to grow rice on terraces are hidden in the forest, as well as 17th century pagodas and small temples in the two villages). Therefore, being well-known since earlier Cham domination (from 4th to 14th century), the island became one of the main ports of Champa Kingdom. Situated some eight miles offshore of Hoi An, it was also part of Hoi An historical international trading. From 15th century till the beginning of 20th … [Read more...]

Government News 5/8

Bangladeshi President to visit Viet Nam President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid and the First Lady will begin a five-day visit to Viet Nam starting this Sunday. He comes at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang. Lao PM extends sympathy to Vietnam over flooding Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has sent a message of condolences to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung over great losses of lives and property caused by rain-triggered floods in northern Vietnam, particularly Quang Ninh province. In the message, the Prime Minister, on behalf of Lao Party, State and people, extended his deepest sympathy to flooding victims and expressed his hope that Vietnamese people would soon overcome the difficulties and return to normal daily life. Torrential rains over the last week has claimed a total of 28 lives and caused economic losses amounting to trillions of Vietnamese dong in northern mountainous provinces. Quang Ninh is the hardest hit province with 17 persons killed. HCM City ceremony … [Read more...]

Gov’t reviews Phu Quoc special economic zone


The Government has reviewed a major plan to establish a special economic zone on Phu Quoc Island off mainland Kien Giang Province and assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to present it to the Politburo. Updates about the long-awaited plan were revealed at a review meeting in Can Tho City on August 3 of a working group in charge of devising supporting policies and mechanisms for the development of Phu Quoc Island. Kien Giang presented the plan to the Ministry of Planning and Investment late last year before it was submitted to the Government for review. Le Van Thi, chairman of Kien Giang and deputy head of the working group, said the Prime Minister had scrutinized the plan and assigned the ministry to present it to the Politburo on behalf of the Government. Nguyen Phong Quang, head of the working team and deputy head of the Southwest Steering Committee, told the meeting that after the plan was sent to relevant agencies for comment, the group dispatched its staff to … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s 2015 milk revenue estimated at $4.2 billion


Milk revenue in Vietnam has been predicted to stand at VND92 trillion ($4.2 billion) by the end of the year by Euromonitor International, an international market researcher. Its prediction would put growth at 23 per cent when compared to milk revenue in 2014 of VND75 trillion ($3.4 billion), which itself was 20 per cent higher than in 2013. Euromonitor International said that milk was one of the fastest growing goods in 2014 and will continue to grow. On average each person will drink from 27 to 28 liters per year by 2020, compared to 19 to 20 liters per year in 2014. Liquid and powdered milk are the most important goods in the milk sector, accounting for 74 per cent of market value. Powdered milk is estimated to account for 45 per cent of the Vietnam market, with growth of 10.1 per cent in the 2010-2013 period. However, from 2014 to 2015 consumption was falling, especially in urban areas. Consumers are willing to pay more for foreign powdered milk products, meaning foreign … [Read more...]

Why are the rich pouring money into seaside villas?


VietNamNet Bridge - Not all resort real estate projects along the coastline are attractive to investors, but beachfront villas have been a magnet to investors for the last six months. BCG, a US-based consultancy group, said that about 3 million Vietnamese in the middle and upper income groups have demand and financial capability to buy seaside villas worth $250,000 to $1 million. The figure is expected to reach 3.3 million Vietnamese by 2020. Vietnam has caught the special attention from the world’s investors to its coastal resort properties, especially now that foreigners now can buy houses in Vietnam (beginning July 1, 2015). A survey by Wealth-X magazine, super-rich people, in Asia, Europe and North America, are all eyeing high-end real estate in South East Asia because of the reasonable prices. According to Viet An Hoa’s CEO Tran Khanh Quang, there are seven reasons behind the new investment wave in seaside villas. First, the villas belong to the ‘second … [Read more...]

Myanmar calls for international flood relief

Flooding in Minbu, Magway region (Source: Xinhua/VNA) Myanmar has made an appeal for international help for the country’s flood victims whose lives have been seriously affected by the disaster over the past month. In a statement on August 4, Speaker of the Union Parliament and House of Representatives Thura U Shwe Mann stressed that the urgent assistance from the international community is needed to save lives and prevent further aftermath of the flooding. He also highly valued flood relief initiatives from the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and civil societies, including an appeal for emergency help to Myanmar flood victims run on the White House website. Heavy seasonal downpour, slashing the Southeast Asian country since late June, has triggered severe floods that killed more than 60 local people and affected over 210,000 others in 12 regions and states across the nation while about 6,000 households were moved to relief camps. It is estimated that … [Read more...]

Vietnamese IELTS learners spot mistake in Oxford Collocations Dictionary


Oxford University has recently admitted an error in one of its dictionaries after a group of Vietnamese English-language learners found a mistake in it. The error was spotted on page 652 of the Oxford Collocations Dictionary, which was printed in China and released globally, when they used the dictionary for their IELTS studying a few months ago. Specifically, the dictionary displays the phrases "~concerning to" and "~regarding to" while they are supposed to be "~concerning" and "~regarding" without the preposition "to." The learners later emailed over the incident but they received no reply. At the beginning of July, the group contacted Oxford University’s representative in Vietnam. On July 6, Sadie Maddocks, staff from the British university, responded to the group via email, saying she had just received an answer from the people responsible for the dictionary. Maddocks said the Vietnamese learners are right and "~concerning to" and … [Read more...]

Citi scoops Best Bank in Asia 2015 award


Reputed magazine Euromoney just named US banking giant Citi the Best Bank in Asia for 2015 – the eighth time in the last 10 years that Citi has picked up the prestigious award. Citi also picked up Best Investment Bank and M&A house in India at an awards ceremony in Hong Kong on July 16. The awards were decided by Euromoney editors. In the global awards announced earlier in July, Citi was named Best Global Bank and Best Emerging Markets Investment Bank by Euromoney. "In a highly competitive market this independent recognition is greatly appreciated by all of us at Citi. I would also like to thank our clients who place their trust in Citi to meet their financial needs," said Mark Slaughter, head of Corporate and Investment Banking Asia Pacific. "Asia Pacific is at the heart of Citi’s transformation and we are well placed to capture more of the growth opportunities in this region," Slaughter added. In the editorial write up announcing the Asia awards, Euromoney … [Read more...]

Ajax dumped out of Champions League, Monaco through

Ajax Amsterdam's Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi (2nd-R) challenges Rapid Vienna's Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Novota (2nd-L) during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round football match at the Amsterdam Arena. (AFP PHOTO/ANP/OLAF KRAAK)

Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna on Tuesday. PARIS: Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna on Tuesday (Aug 4) as Monaco advanced with a 4-0 win over Swiss side Young Boys. After a 2-2 first-leg draw in the Austrian capital last week, Ajax were strong favourites to progress to the play-off round, but they suffered a torturous night at the Amsterdam Arena. Frank de Boer's men let a two-goal lead slip at the Ersnt-Happel Stadion last week and the visitors - seemingly buoyed by that comeback - started where they left off last week. Slovenian international Robert Beric - the scorer of Rapid's equaliser in the first leg - tormented Ajax again as he put the Austrian side in front after 12 minutes before Louis Schaub … [Read more...]

New rule allows Vietnam’s top leaders to have any car they want after retirement


Official cars at a festival in Bac Ninh Province in 2014. Photo: An Xuan Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a decision that allows some top leaders to keep official vehicles even after they have retired. Currently, the country's General Secretary of the Communist Party, the President, the National Assembly Chairman and the Prime Minister can purchase any car, without a price limit. The new decision, which will take effect next month, will make these key leaders eligible to keep using official state cars even after they leave office. The rules are still strict for vehicles purchased by central and provincial agencies. Top officials at central government agencies, and municipal agencies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are only allowed to choose cars valued at VND1.1 billion (US$50,400) or less. Senior officials at provincial and district agencies may purchase cars at up to VND920 million and VND720 million respectively. These agencies, however, can only buy new cars when … [Read more...]

27 dead after two trains derail in India

Police and members of the rescue operation standing at the site of a train derailment near Harda, Madhya Pradesh. (Photo source: REUTERS/ANI).

One of the trains was on its way to Mumbai when the accident happened in Madhya Pradesh state, while the other was travelling in the opposite direction. MUMBAI: Two passenger trains derailed after being hit by flash floods on a bridge in central India, killing at least 27 people in the latest deadly accident on the nation's crumbling rail network. Rescuers have been searching through the night for passengers trapped on the trains that toppled when a swollen river struck the tracks in Madhya Pradesh state, railway officials said. Roughly 300 people were rescued after about 10 of the trains' carriages derailed outside the town of Harda at about 11.30pm (2am, Singapore time) on Tuesday (Aug 4), police and other officials said. A passenger described how water poured into the carriages in the minutes after the accident. "Water filled the coach till here," the unnamed man told a regional TV station, gesturing to his waist. Another said there was "a sudden jerk and the carriage broke … [Read more...]

Nam chooses new partner for US Open campaign

Ly Hoang Nam will pair with Japanese Akira Santillan to compete at the US Open's junior tourney. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's Ly Hoang Nam will pair with Japanese Akira Santillan to compete at the US Open's junior circuit next month. Nam failed to team up with Sumit Nagal, who had lifted the Wimbledon trophy with him a month a ago as the Indian is not playing in New York. "I contacted to ask Akira to pair with me. He has very powerful serves and forehand," the world junior No 12 said about his partner who, when playing as a team with Relley Opelka, had lost to Nam and Nagal in the Wimbledon boys' doubles final match. "It is the first time we are playing together, so I just hope we could play well but we are not setting up any target," he added. Akira, 18, is No 8 in the world junior rankings. He defeated Nam in the second round of the Australian Open in January and later in the finals of the Chang Thailand ITF Junior. His best result is being in the finals of the Wimbledon's boys' doubles and reaching the semi-finals of the Australia Open's boys singles. Nam will also … [Read more...]