Since the turn of the 21st century, the tourism industry in Sa Pa in northern Vietnam has been on the ascent. With each passing year, the standard grade of hotels has also been climbing. But at the end of 2018, images of a newly opened resort in this mountain retreat were shared across the globe. Many luxury travelers from all over the world began making plans to visit northern Vietnam after seeing pictures of the magnificent Hotel de la Coupole - MGallery. With the precipitous slopes of the Hoang Lien Son mountains in the background, the hotel seems to belong to the realm of fantasy. Backed by the project’s main investor, Sun Group, architect Bill Bensley - described as ‘the kingof exoticluxury resorts’ by Time magazine - pulled out all of the stops in conjuring up the design for this outstanding international five-star accommodation, which is already being lauded as an inimitable creation and an architectural masterpiece. Hotel de la Coupole - MGallery. Back to a … [Read more...] about New Sapa hotel – a ‘Versailles in the clouds’
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Viet Nam News VPBank recently launched a digital bank called YOLO in which users can access not only daily services such as taxis, movies, hotel bookings and food and beverage orders, but also banking services including savings and loans associated with Master Card. Director of YOLO Shameek Bhargava talks with local media about the unique digital banking platform that VPBank is proud to add to the market Can you tell us about the background of the digital bank? The idea of forming YOLO originated from the desire to create a digital platform capable of reaching and serving millions of new customers quickly – a digital banking platform that has the potential to thrive and break through what we see as the traditional banking model. With such big ambitions, we have used a completely new, independent technology platform that is different from current banking platforms which use the traditional core banking system. This platform allows us to grow faster than existing technologies … [Read more...] about YOLO digital bank expected to make a breakthrough in mobile financial service
Amazon has reported record quarterly profits helped by a rise in online sales and demand for its cloud services. Profits hit a record $2.53bn (£1.9bn) in the three months to the end of June - about 12 times more than it made during the same period last year. Sales rose by 39% to $52.89bn, slightly less than analysts had been forecasting. Amazon's shares jumped more than 3% in after-hours trade. "It was a strong quarter," said chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky. "What I attribute it to is continued strength in some of our most profitable areas." At the firm's lucrative cloud services division, Amazon Web Services, sales were up nearly 50% year-on-year to $6.1bn. Amazon is also starting to attract more money from advertising. Revenue from the firm's "other" category, which includes advertising, more than doubled to about $2.2bn. Retail sales in North America were healthy as well, rising about 44% to almost $32.2bn. Recruitment slowed in the quarter. Amazon is also starting to … [Read more...] about Amazon delivers record quarterly profit
People will witness a battle between the two strongest fireworks teams from Hong Kong (China) and Italy on the third night of Đà Nẵng International Fireworks Festival (DIFF 2018). The theme ‘Happy Bridge’ will not only be illustrated with fireworks in the sky, but also by an art show that promises to be impressive. Rivals The Vulcan, which enjoys its legendary fireworks party on Victoria Harbour (Hong Kong) every New Year, is considered a respectable name. At DIFF 2018, its top fireworks will be a major attraction on the third fireworks night, in keeping with the theme 'Happy Bridge'. Established in 1974, Vulcan has gained international fame with major international awards, such as the Champion of International Fireworks Performance Hannover, Germany – 2009, the Champion of International Firework Performance Championships in Blackpool, England, 2009, the second prize at the Oman Fireworks World Show – 2010 and the third prize in the Quebec … [Read more...] about Happy Bridge night champs: Hong Kong or Italy?
Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon, is promoting the AWS Activate programme to support the growth of startups in Vietnam. Vietnamese startup Amanotes uses Aamazon Web Service's platform to go global According to Paul Chen, head of Solutions Architect, ASEAN at AWS, the company provides startups with the low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow. The AWS Activate programme will provide Vietnamese startups with the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS—including credits, training, and support. “We have Portfolio packages for startups in select accelerators, incubators, seed/VC funds, and other startup enabling organisations, as well as the Builders package for entrepreneurs just getting started,” he said, noting that some of the world’s hottest startups use AWS, including Airbnb, Lyft, and Slack. Amanotes is a successful Vietnamese startup with technology backup from AWS. The startup builds a music … [Read more...] about Amazon Web Services stands behind Vietnamese startup community