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Quang Ninh police nab smugglers The Mong Cai City Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday temporarily detained Dang Thi Mai Lan, 36, for smuggling cigarettes. Lan was caught in the act on Monday in Ka Long Ward, while transporting 2,060 packets of cigarettes of the Zenlong brand that is manufactured abroad. Lan admitted to the police that she had bought the cigarettes in China. On Wednesday, the Mong Cai Police also caught Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 40, who was illegally keeping smuggled goods in a store in Tran Phu Ward. The goods included 400 electric bicycle batteries, 50 speakers and 120 electromagnetic cookers, as well as some electric tools, worth a total of VND252 million (US$12,000). … [Read more...]

Australian institutions seek Vietnam students

The Saigon Times Daily Around 4,000 students and their families are expected to visit the exhibitions to search for hands-on information about studying and living in Australia from the participating institutions. There will be sessions for alumni sharing their success stories and discussions on student visas and Australian Government scholarships. There will also be a vocational skills showcase. For the first time, the event is being staged in Danang where parents and students will meet 23 institutions from the group in a private event with agents. … [Read more...]

Australian institutions seek Vietnamese students focused on their future

(CPV) - Representatives from over 50 of Australia's top education institutions will travel to Vietnam for a four day national expo in Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city from November 6 - 9. Almost 4,000 students and their families are expected to visit the exhibitions for discussions about their future with institution representatives. The events are free-of-charge and will be open to the public at the following venues and times: * Da Nang: from 14.30 - 18:00, November 6, at Novotel Hotel, No 36 Bach Dang, Hai Chau district * Ho Chi Minh city: from 09.30 - 14.00, November 9, at InterContinental Hotel, Corner Hai Ba Trung - Le Duan, district 1 * Hanoi: from 08.30 - 13.30, November 8, at Pullman Hanoi Hotel, No 40 Cat Linh, Dong Da district Acknowledging that Australia continues to be the destination of choice for Vietnamese students seeking an international education, Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam, Hugh Borrowman, explained that an Australian education equips students with … [Read more...]

Modernising Information Infrastructure and Transforming Public Administration

Vietnam e-Government Symposium 2014 will be held for the 12th time on July 16-17 at Novotel Hotel, Da Nang, featuring the theme: "E-Government Development: Modernizing Information Infrastructure and Transforming Public Administration to Drive Higher Citizen Satisfaction". The conference is co-organized by the People's Committee of Da Nang City, Da Nang Ministry of Information and Communications, and the International Data Group (IDG Vietnam). The Conference will focus on the following topics: Integrated Information Infrastructure to Drive Critical Regional Economic Developments; Intelligent Information Infrastructure Developments: Building Strategic Governance and Collaborative Capability; Smart Public Service Delivery: Citizen Satisfaction,etc. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 23

Thirty one paintings by Japanese artist Toba Mika go on display on November 23 at an exhibition entitled 'Landscapes in Memory' at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum.

Donation concert hosted for Zone-9 fire victims Monday's tragic fire was caused by welders during construction on Fuse Bar in Zone 9, leading to the death of six workers. The music at the concert will honour their memory, the organiser said. Various activities that were scheduled to be held at Zone 9 have been cancelled, including the French embassy's reception for Vietnamese alumni, the year-end party of the German Embassy, and the regular meeting of the German speaker. Musicians Yosi Horikawa of Japan; Jase Nguyen of HCM City and Tri Minh, Kim Ngoc and SonX of Ha Noi will participate in the donation concert as volunteers. Recently, the Goethe Institute had staged "Berlin in Ha Noi", with numerous art performances and film screenings in the art zone. The Goethe Institute expressed strong hope that art, music and creativity would soon find a home again in Zone 9 once it is rebuilt. The concert will take place from 6 to 10 PM at Goethe Institute Ha Noi, 56 - 58 Nguyen Thai Hoc … [Read more...]

Da Nang diners ready to indulge in first French wine festival

DA NANG (VNS)— The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel till November 30. This is the city's first traditional French wine festival. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

French cuisine week runs in Da Nang


DA NANG (VNS) — The Georges Bubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau and Cuisine Week from Lyon, France is being held at the Square Restaurant in the Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River Hotel from November 21-30. This is the first time a traditional French wine festival has been sponsored in the central city. The restaurant will offer fine French cuisine, including Saucisson Beaujolais, Saucisson Sec, Rosette de Lyon, specialty sausage with garlic sauce, grilled flanked steak, roasted shallots and bitter greens, black sausage, caramelised apples and onions, and potato puree at the 37-storey Novotel Hotel on the bank of the Han River. — VNS … [Read more...]

Education UK Exhibition 2013 in Vietnam

Photo: Trang Vu

(CPV) - The UK Education Exhibition 2013 will see the largest ever number of participating institutions - 68 UK universities, colleges and schools. Organised by the British Council Vietnam, the exhibition will hit Hanoi (Melia Hotel), Ho Chi Minh city (Intercontinental Hotel) and Da Nang (Novotel Hotel). Vietnamese parents and students will find information on diverse undergraduate, postgraduate and pathway programs. Domestic programs leading to UK-accredited degrees will also be exhibited. In addition, attendees will received information about 60 scholarship programmes.. To register, please visit Also on this website, you can find out more about the participating institutions as well as details of the different scholarship programs. The UK Corner is one of this yaear's highlights. It will stage Living Books (Vietnamese alumni and students currently studying in the UK), IELTS high scorers and even a UK-themed musical! They have been invited to the … [Read more...]

Tourism sector kept positive growth in the first 6 months of 2013

(TITC) - On July 19th, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) held an online conference simultaneously in Ha Noi, Da Nang City and Ho Chi Minh City under the chair of Minister Hoang Tuan Anh.

According to the MoCST's report, in the first 6 months, in spite of global economic recession, the tourism sector still gained positive growth. Total international arrivals in 6 months reached 3,540,403representing a 2.6% growth over the same period of 2012; total revenue achieved 105 trillion VND, up 23.5%. Mr. Nguyen Duc Tuan, Director of Representative Agency of MoCST's Office in Da Nang City informed that many tourism events were organized in the Central region attracting a large number of tourists such as: 4th Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival - Buon Me Thuot coffee, integration and development (Dak Lak Province), Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2013 - the Quintessence of Vietnamese Crafts (Thua Thien Hue Province), Danang International Fireworks Competition - Love for Han River (Da Nang City), the 10th anniversary of UNESCO's recognition of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park as a World Natural Heritage Site… The number of international tourists to the South of Viet Nam also increased. … [Read more...]

Video captures sparkling Danang city


British photographer Robert Whitworth has introduced the colourful coastal city of Danang in a 1.5 minute time-lapse video clip with 15,091 photos. The photographer shot those photos from the roof of the Novotel Hotel by the Han River in Danang on the second day of the recent international fireworks competition hosted by the city. Along with nice images of Danang on the competition day, Robert Whitworth also captured images of daily life of local people along Han River in his video. The video, as Robert Whitworth confided, covers wonderful fireworks, as well as the vividness of the booming city. On a blog for the world's biggest fireworks, Robert Whitworth's video was assessed "the nicest-ever". Almost all foreigners praised the lively video of this British photographer. Some who have not visited Danang and Vietnam before sent their affection for the city. One reader, Aaron Anfinson, said that the video helped him contemplate the city he had lived for 1 year again, and to him, … [Read more...]

Novotel hotel opens in central coast city

DA NANG (VNS)— The Sun Group officially opened Novotel Da Nang Premier Han River with a ceremony on Tuesday. The 37-storey building is the highest in central Viet Nam. It includes serviced apartments, high-class hotel rooms, conference facilities and luxury restaurants and bars managed by Accor. — VNS … [Read more...]

The best places to enjoy fireworks on New Year’s Eve


In the coastal city of Nha Trang, watching the fireworks performance is the most expected events of many people at the moments of New Year’s Eve. Besides 2-4 Square and costal parks, tourists and local people often choose the buildings along Nha Trang beach to enjoy firework performance and to welcome the New Year’s Eve. This year, firework performance takes place at 2-4 Square, so the most beautiful and splendid place to enjoy firework performance is Novotel hotel. Therefore, the Novotel hotel organizes their own party to watch fireworks on the hotel roof terrace. The party includes different beverages: wine, beer, soft drink buffet with the price: 500.000 VND/Adults, 250.000 VND/children from six to twelve (Not including value added tax and service charge). Enjoy fireworks from the high position and close at Novotel hotel will bring you a full enjoyment of the bright colorful scene of the fireworks in the city sky. It’s a new feeling and impression on the … [Read more...]

New Year celebrations in town

The Saigon Times Daily Caravelle Hotel (19 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC) The last evening of the year will be marked in style with a black-tie, six-course gala dinner in Reflections, while Nineteen will hold a lavish dinner buffet with free flowing wine, premium cocktails and live jazz in the lobby until midnight. The year ends on a high with a week-long carnival party at Saigon Saigon Bar, led by Cuban band Corazon Latino and sizzling samba dancers. Hotel Equatorial HCMC (242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5, HCMC) … [Read more...]

Danang Tourism: Major Socio-economic Growth Driver


Tourism is considered a spearhead economic sector of Danang city. The city is becoming more attractive to tourists, especially international ones. In the coming time, the city continues to improve the quality and diversification of products and services and plans to increase the proportion of the tourism contribution to the city's GDP in 2015 to 7 percent. Danang, a coastal city located in a region with world heritage sites, and synchronous infrastructure - with seaport and international airport. The city is the final point of the East-West Economic Corridor that leads to the East Sea. With abundant and diverse natural resources, Danang has many advantages to develop its tourism economy. Thanks to these advantages, tourism sector has become the driving force in the process of socio-economic development in Danang while others keep sluggish in the context of economic difficulty. In the first six months of 2012, Danang's tourism sector has achieved quite satisfactory results. Total … [Read more...]

Accor opens Novotel Saigon Centre


On August 9, 2012, Accor, the leading international operator of hotels in Asia-Pacific and Vietnam, announces the opening of Novotel Saigon Centre, a newly-built hotel located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This new upper mid-scale hotel promises new experiences and convenience for both business and leisure travellers visiting this vibrant city. Mr. Patrick Basset, Senior Vice President, Accor Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, says, "Novotel Saigon Centre's prime location makes it an ideal place to stay when visiting this city. We are proud to introduce this new Novotel hotel as it completes the spectrum of Accor hotel brands that guests visiting the city can choose from - from luxury Sofitel, upper-midscale Novotel, to economy ibis. Saigon now has an Accor hotel to meet all travellers' budgets and expectations." The 247 guest rooms and suites have been thoughtfully designed to present guests with spacious, modern and efficient room functionalities, while … [Read more...]

Accor to manage nearly 30 hotels in Vietnam by 2015


HCMC - Accor is moving ahead with its ambition to manage nearly 30 hotels in Vietnam in the next three years, executives of the largest operator of hotels in Asia-Pacific said at the opening of its first ibis Saigon South in HCMC on Tuesday. Patrick Basset, vice president for Accor Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, said ibis was the world-recognized economy hotel brand for services at competitive prices. A billboard is set up in front of the ibis Saigon South to welcome guests and provide online room reservation at the hotel - Photo: Binh Nguyen Ibis Saigon South in District 7 has 160 fully equipped guest rooms with a wide range of amenities. The hotel also offers 24-hour services, food and beverages at the OOPEN Restaurant, and a bar on the ground floor. Tchang Young Lee, general manager of ibis Saigon South, told the Daily that bookings for the soft-opening period were many from guests in Asia and Europe. The first economy-brand hotel ibis Saigon South … [Read more...]

Vietnamese illegitimate son of US billionaire visits homeland 


The illegitimate Vietnamese son of a controversial US billionaire just finished a secret visit to Vietnam with his mother and two half-brothers. Nguyen Be Lory, the 18-year-old heir to around US$50 million from the fortune of late DHL founder and owner Larry Hillbolm Jr., visited his mother's hometown in Binh Thuan Province in south central Vietnam, where his out-of-wedlock father established the now famous Novotel hotel and the 18-hole Ocean Dunes Golf Course 20 years ago. News website VnExpress on Tuesday said the visit was Lory's first after 13 years in the US. Lory left Vietnam when he was 4. He and his family also visited Con Dao island as Lory was curious about the place Brad Pitt and Angelina went with their six children late last year. The teenager showed interest in a villa on sale for around $2 million on the island, and said he would come back soon, VnExpress reported. As the boy is still a student, his inheritance has been invested by his money managers in businesses … [Read more...]

American billionaire’s abandoned child returns to Vietnam


VietNamNet Bridge - Millionaire Nguyen Be Lory, an illegitimate child of late US billionaire Larry Hillblom and his mother, Nguyen Thi Be, have returned to their hometown in Binh Thuan province to visit their family after 13 years in the US. Nguyen Be Lory and his mother in 1998. Nguyen Be Lory, 18, owns assets worth around $100 million from his unofficial father - billionaire Larry Hillblom. However, Lory is a student so he will manage the assets when he is 21. Lory has returned to Vietnam with his mother, his uterine brothers and his manager to visit his maternal grandfather. The family went to Con Dao Island, where Brangelina and their six kids stayed in late 2011. Lory said that he had not known about Con Dao until the Brangelina family were there. He wanted to discover the island. The millionaire boy said that he would return to Con Dao. The family went back to HCM City and then to Phan Thiet, where billionaire Harry Hillblom invested tens of million USD to build the Novotel … [Read more...]

Ha Long – City of Tourism


Halong City is located in the northern economic development triangle constituted by Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. The city has a close connection with economic, scientific, social and cultural activities of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Hai Phong City, and the Red River Delta provinces. It also has economic relations with vast international markets through Mong Cai Border Gate Economic Zone, with close exchange between Vietnam and China. Ha Long also can set up maritime and airway relations with Southeast Asian and East Asian countries, and the world as a whole. This is a special advantage of Ha Long City. Its ideal location creates a lot of advantages to develop the economy in general, especially tourism. Halong Bay is a unique natural wonder in the world. This landscape of Vietnam has twice been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. That asserts exceptional and global values for the benefit of all of humanity. Ha Long Bay has an area of 1,553 km2 and 1,969 islands, of … [Read more...]