‘Panorama of Vietnam’ reflects on changes in the country

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Photo by Thien Nhan. Thiery Beyne and his works at tbe Panaroma of Vietnam exhibition now open in Nha Trang. … [Read more...]

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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: … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

French cuisine week runs in Da Nang

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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 … [Read more...]

Education UK Exhibition 2013 in Vietnam

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(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. … [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 … [Read more...]

Video captures sparkling Danang city

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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 … [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

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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. … [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 … [Read more...]

Danang Tourism: Major Socio-economic Growth Driver

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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 … [Read more...]

Accor opens Novotel Saigon Centre

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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 … [Read more...]

Accor to manage nearly 30 hotels in Vietnam by 2015

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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 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese illegitimate son of US billionaire visits homeland 

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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 … [Read more...]

American billionaire’s abandoned child returns to Vietnam

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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 … [Read more...]

Ha Long – City of Tourism

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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 … [Read more...]

Stranded Russian tourists begin leaving Vietnam

Most of the Russian tourists stranded in Mui Ne in the central province of Binh Thuan after their tour operator suspended operations, have left Vietnam for their country, according to the Binh Thuan Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The remaining will depart Vietnam anytime from now until February 9, informed the department. Konstantin, managing director of Lanta-Viet Company in Vietnam, said at a meeting on Feb. 1 held at the Lang Tre (Bamboo Village) in Phan Thiet City that the … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 30/12

Five die from toxic fumes in illegal mine Four miners and one rescue worker have been killed in an illegal gold mine in northern Cao Bang Province's Nguyen Binh District, the District People's Committee said yesterday, Dec 29. Thang Trong Dung, head of the committee's Administration Department, said poisonous gas was the likely cause of the deaths. The bodies of the miners have yet to be recovered. It is thought 10 miners were illegally working at the site. Robbers throw $72,000 … [Read more...]

Mystery death of Vietnamese pilot in France

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French police say they have not as yet verified the cause of death of a Vietnamese pilot of Vietnam Airlines, who was found dead in a hotel in Paris in France on December 5. Illustration photo ( Photo: U. Phuong) 52-year-old Nghiem Dinh Tuan, a deputy chief pilot of Vietnam Airlines was found dead at the Novotel hotel near the airport on December 5. Tuan gave no indication of untoward behavior the night before. However, the airline staff found him dead when they woke him the following … [Read more...]