Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about the quality of Viet Nam's online tourism marketing and advertising. Below are some of your responses: Ron Harris, American, Ha Noi Internet tourism advertising and information in Viet Nam has improved significantly in the years that I have lived and worked here. I don't use websites very much for travel, but depend more on advice from friends. The sites I have seen are visually attractive and becoming more sophisticated, but there are still some areas that could be improved. Next week: A recent boat accident that claimed the lives of 16 people has caused concern over the state of waterway safety. A birthday party was being celebrated on the twin deck Din Ky floating restaurant boat in southern Binh Duong when the accident occurred. Inspections were carried out shortly afterwards on other boats operating in the area and in just two days, HCM City Transport Department inspectors uncovered numerous cases of boats that were not … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s online tourism marketing slowly improving
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Next Week : Are local loudspeakers annoying you? Loa phuong - the local loudspeaker network or public address system - has become a topic for discussion lately in Viet Nam, with many debating the need for its continued existence. With speakers normally resting on poles or street lamps at a height where every nearby local can hear them loud and clear, loa phuong is said to originate from the 1950s, when it would raise the alarm before bombing raids during the American War. Now the loudspeakers provide local people with news, songs and information at dawn and dusk. Writer Terence Carter recently reflected on a three-month stay in Ha Noi in The Independent. He recalled: "Most mornings we were woken at 6.45am by announcements broadcast in Vietnamese on loudspeakers from the local Communist Party office, followed by rousing patriotic tunes inexplicably set to salsa beat." To many Vietnamese people, the loudspeakers have become an important source of news in the country. They also … [Read more...] about Swindlers must suffer if nation wants to portray positive image
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers whether they thought Viet Nam should invest in expensive tourism marketing and how it could become one of the world's most exciting destinations in 2013. Here are some responses: John Kellas, Australian, Ha Noi We came on a 16-day tour to Viet Nam in 2008 with two other couples, based on the recommendations of one of their daughters who had done athree month assignment in Ha Noi as part of her medical degree. We had not previously considered Viet Nam as a destination but really enjoyed our holiday and returned for a year as volunteers in 2011. We've also recommended it to our friends. Next Week In late December, the State Bank of Viet Nam issued Circular 135, which allows banks to charge fees for ATM withdrawals. The maximum withdrawal fee will be VND1,000 for those using their own banks' ATMs and VND3,000 for those making transactions at other banks. The regulation has triggered complaints from many customers, as ATM … [Read more...] about Smart advertising key to attracting foreign visitors
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers for their opinions about walking streets in Ha Noi, for which now the city has two areas, one in the Old Quarters every weekends' nights and another around the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. What would they expect to get from walking streets and should walking streets have a more specific theme? Here are some of the replies we received. Satoh Kumiko, Japanese, Ha Noi It's interesting walking through the night market in Ha Noi. The streets are opened for walking every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Every time I am here, I can experience a busy and crowded atmosphere. Next week Recently, a clip advertising Nha Trang as an appealing holiday destination was released by a South Korean travel company, impressing Viet Nam's online community with its poetic images of beaches, good food and friendly people. The clip has raised questions about how Viet Nam can further explore the potential of its destinations and sell them to … [Read more...] about Vehicle-free shopping streets sorely needed
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers what they think about buying international luxury brand products when the income of Vietnamese people has risen several times in recent years, and among the newly affluent, there is high demand for international luxury brand products. Here are some of the replies we received. Next week: Hundreds of people spent all night at Sai Gon Railway Station with the hope of buying the last railway tickets to return to their homes in the countryside for the Tet holiday. However, only a few people got lucky. This scenario has been going on for years. Whenever special holidays approach, people become frantic about securing transportation, accommodations or tickets to public events or festivals. What do you think about this situation? Have you suffered this situation in Viet Nam or other countries? Tell us about your experiences. Do you plan to enjoy Christmas and New Year in Viet Nam? What are your strategies to minimise the above … [Read more...] about Does VN have an unhealthy addiction to luxury brands?