Viet Nam News by Bồ Xuân Hiệp CẦN THƠ - French and Vietnamese experts met recently in Cần Thơ to discuss how to better preserve the cultural heritage of Việt Nam, particularly in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế. Nguyễn Dung, vice chairman of the province's People's Committee, said that preservation and restoration of cultural heritage plays a critical role in improving tourism to the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế. However, time and urbanisation have seriously affected heritage buildings in the province as well as in Hà Nội and HCM City, he said. Established as the capital of a unified Việt Nam in 1802, Huế was the political, cultural and religious centre under the Nguyễn Dynasty until 1945. Many of its palaces and pagodas remain, although some were bombed in the American War. Dung spoke at a symposium that was part of the 10th Việt Nam-France cooperation conference held last week, attended by hundreds of experts from Nimes, France and Việt Nam, which focused on … [Read more...] about France helps VN preserve heritage
How tourism helps the economy
Reporter: Businesses and investors are now interested in whether the government will continue to implement the second demand stimulus package or not. How is Deputy PM' viewpoint of this issue? Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai: At the meeting next October, the government will discuss implementing their decision. However, it is thought that the second demand stimulus package has the potential to be successful due to our current high interest rate. If the demand stimulus package is continued it will help to reduce the interest rate and create a better business environment. If we cut the stimulus package when interest rates are still high, businesses will meet various difficulties. We are aspiring to speed up the economy and not to regress full circle into a second decline which is the concern of some International economists. In addition, it is significant that the export market economy has not completely recovered. If the second demand stimulus package is maintained in combination with … [Read more...] about Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai: second demand stimulus package will help the economy speed up
Thailand's worst floods in half a century have killed nearly 400 people since mid-July, damaged millions of tonnes of rice and forced a series of industrial estates to close. The government, central bank and economists have slashed their economic growth forecasts for the year. Rebuilding could require billions of dollars and it will take months for some manufacturing operations to be up and running again. Below is a summary of the impact on Southeast Asia's second-largest economy and how the government is responding. Impact on GDP growth The central bank slashed its 2011 economic growth forecast to 2.6 percent from 4.1 percent on October 28, with the economy likely to shrink 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months. It said it might review the forecasts in November as the flooding is far from over. Finance Minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala has said GDP might grow just a little more than 2 percent this year. The cost to the economy could go far higher … [Read more...] about Factbox: Thailand’s flood crisis and the economy
Dao youth learn cameras, tourism (07-08-2008) A new project in Yen Bai Province aims to teach life skills to Dao youth. by Bach Lien Take one: Patrick Moreau films a Dao student learning how to make a bamboo boat. — VNS Photo YEN BAI — Around 10 Dao youth surround French filmmaker Patrick Moreau as he teaches them how to use a camera. Their faces brighten as they learn how to work with a machine they have never even touched before. The course continues under the plan that one day, one of these students will film their daily lives, and record for the first time an inside view of the unique aspects of the Dao culture. For the last eight months, this group of Dao Quan Trang ethnic minority students from the Ngoi Tu village, near Thac Bac Lake in Yen Bai Province, have also been learning French, English, cuisine, woodwork, masonry, informatics and economics, all tools that should help them work and manage the newly-established eco-friendly tourism village in their … [Read more...] about Dao youth learn cameras, tourism
The purpose of organizing national tourism years in different localities is to advertise the hosting localities as the tourism destinations, which serve as the key events of the years to popularize Vietnam tourism images. However, the events have not brought the desired effects. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism VNAT has admitted that the biggest achievement of the national tourism years is… the monumental opening ceremony. Meanwhile, local authorities do not pay attention to develop their special tourism products to attract travelers. National tourism years fail to fulfill their duties According to travel firms, which can exactly measure the efficiency of the activities of organizing national tourism years based on the actual turnover and number of tourists, the event aims to popularize local tourism products and attract more travelers; therefore, the event should be organized in the localities with good tourism foundation that can serve as good … [Read more...] about Organizing national tourism years, what for?