Vietnam should celebrate the Solar New Year like most countries, instead of the Lunar New Year - the country's biggest official holiday, Professor Vo Tong Xuan wrote in a letter to Thanh Nien recently. Exceprts: With the country immersed in global integration, many chances could be missed due to the difference in celebrating the beginning of the New Year. The difference could prove an obstacle towards business activities as companies in Vietnam are operating normally between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3 while Western countries and even Japan are on holidays to enjoy the Solar New Year. Most importantly, the Tokyo, New York, and London stock exchanges are all closed. … [Read more...] about Solar or Lunar New Year for Vietnam?
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A show featuring Asian traditional costumes will be held in Ho Chi Minh City in February as part of the city's program to celebrate the Tet lunar New Year festival. The show January 30 and 31 is to introduce 300 versions of traditional dress of peoples from China, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, , said the Department of Culture and Information. The Vietnam Fashion Design Institute (Fadin) will be in charge of running the fashion and art performance at the show, held to mark the 10th anniversary of Vietnam's admission to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). … [Read more...] about HCMC plans gala events to ring in lunar New Year
National carrier Vietnam Airlines has announced discounts of over 20% on some international sectors during the New Year period. Between December 15 and January 15 foreigners and members of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) and Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Beluxcham) and their families can buy business and economy return tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Japan's Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo for US$999 and $649 respectively. They have also been slashed to $949 and $509 for flights between HCMC and the Republic of Korea cities Seoul and Busan. … [Read more...] about New Year offerings from Vietnamese carriers
With the boom of foreign tourist arrivals in the first days of the year, Vietnam's tourism sector is hoping to draw in five million foreign visitors in 2006, compared with 3.4 million last year. Hundreds of foreigners arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on New Year's Day and received a warm welcome from local travel companies. Vietravel received 28 Japanese visitors who arrived at the Tan Son Nhat Airport at 2:45pm Jan. 1. An hour later, a Vietnam Airlines plane landed at the airport, bringing 122 other foreign tourists to Vietnam. … [Read more...] about New Year tourist boom nurtures Vietnam’s hope for 5-million mark
Ho Chi Minh City has become a favorite destination for foreign tourists to enjoy the New Year holiday and the number of foreign arrivals for the first five days of 2005 is predicted at 7,400. Among the New Year arrivals, Japanese tourists make up the majority with about 2,000 people, according to the HCMC Department of Tourism. In fact, it is certain that the number of foreign arrivals is much higher than 7,400 because the Department has only collected statistics from 20 travel agencies. … [Read more...] about Foreign tourists flock to HCMC for New Year holiday