From January to June, Chinese visitor numbers declined 3.3 percent year-on-year, with nearly 2.5 million Chinese spending their holidays in Vietnam. Despite the slight decrease, China topped the list of foreign arrivals in the country, followed by South Korea with 2.1 million arrivals. The decline of Chinese tourists has affected the total number of international visitors to Vietnam during the period, with growth seeing a lower increase than in previous years. Foreign arrivals in Vietnam in the six-month period this year were 8.5 million, up 7.5 percent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office. The growth in the same period last year was 27.2 percent. Seventy percent of visitors arrived by air. A Bloomberg report said Chinese tourists have a big impact on Vietnam’s economy. It said a 30 percent increase in spending by Chinese tourists would boost Vietnam’s economic growth by nearly 1 percentage point. For Thailand, that would be around 1.6 percentage … [Read more...] about Chinese visitor numbers see slight H1 fall
Numbered visitor id badges
A car displaying a badge at a Hà Nội - Hải Phòng Expressway toll booth. — Photo baogiaothong.vn Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The number of drivers using fake environmental ID badges on the Hà Nội – Hải Phòng Expressway to avoid paying the toll fee has increased recently, the Giao Thông (Transport) newspaper reported. Private and even luxury cars have the fake badges stuck in their windscreens, according to the Hà Nội – Hải Phòng Expressway Exploitation and Management Company. According to the General Department of Natural Response and Recovery under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), only the department and provincial steering committees for natural disaster prevention and control had the right to issue badges, which can be legitimately used by drivers who are working on dyke protection projects or responding to natural disasters. Nguyễn Đức … [Read more...] about Cars wear false dyke protection badges to enjoy toll fee free
Accordingly, the regulation on showing ID card when buying medicine for children under 6 years old will be canceled. Instead, on the prescription for these children, it is only necessary to write the age, weight of the child as well as the parents’ or guardian’s name. Before this, as said by the Circular No. 52/2017, when writing prescription, doctors had to ask for parents’ ID number and write on the prescription. As said by the Ministry of Health, this action is to better manage the process of writing and preparing prescriptions, avoiding the popular mistaken action of overusing anti-biotic. Yet when going into effect, this regulation was widely protested by parents and the public or even doctors since they considered this as an unnecessary action. By KHANH NGUYEN – Translated by Thanh Tam … [Read more...] about Requirement of showing ID when buying medicine for children to be canceled
A tra fish farm owned by Hùng Cá Limited Liability Company in Đồng Tháp Province.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn TríViet Nam News ĐỒNG THÁP – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp has issued identification numbers to ponds that breed tra fish under a government decree on aquaculture management that went into effect last July. The ponds owned by 349 tra fish breeders in the province account for a 1,500-ha area that breeds tra fish. The identification numbers are compulsory for tra fish growers as they ensure traceability of the fish used for processing and export. To ensure traceability, individual breeders and commercial tra fish enterprises are required to store information about the fish for at least 24 months from the date of harvest or sale to processing companies. With the new regulations, tra fish breeders can save time and money as they do not have to go to the sub-department … [Read more...] about ID numbers for tra fish allow for trace of origin
Around $450 million was spent on Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi AFP/Mladen ANTONOV ONE MILLION EXPECTED There won't be an "Oranje" army in Russia, because the Dutch failed to qualify, but there will still be the clapping Icelanders, the chanting English and the distinctive personalities of the supporters of the other 29 visiting countries. The differing languages, songs, flags and fan cultures of the world will energise the streets of Russia's host cities until the middle of July. The figure of one million seems to have been reached by a surprisingly unscientific manner. FIFA has deducted the number of tickets sold to Russians, 872,578, from the two million it says have been sold in total. The biggest demand, outside the host nation, has come from the United States, whose team failed to qualify, with 86,710 sold. Then comes Brazil (71,787), Colombia (64,231) and Germany (60,457). The English are not even in the top ten. Russia's objective, organising committee chief Alexei … [Read more...] about What sort of welcome will World Cup visitors get in Russia?