Visa today announced the launch of its 2011 Premium Access programme for Visa platinum cardholders in Vietnam, offering affluent lifestyle privileges to those who enjoy the finer things in life. The collection of privileges includes the ability to see amazing sights, listen to wonderful sounds and taste unforgettable food via customised travel itineraries to some of the world's most sought-after destinations. Lorijon Bacchi, country manager, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Visa, said,"A Visa platinum card provides access to a wide range of memorable privileges and experiences. We have partnered with some of the world's leading luxury travel specialists to develop a range of exciting travel offers and packages and we are proud to be able to offer such programs to Visa Platinum cardholders in Vietnam." The Visa 2011 Premium Access programme for Vietnamese cardholders include: - Luxury Accommodation: Stays at prestigious resorts and villas. Visa Platinum cardholders can enjoy … [Read more...] about Visa launches 2011 privileges programme for platinumcardholders in Vietnam
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Saigontourist welcomes 1,250 cruise passengers The travelers will go to Bangkok and Pattaya and meet with representatives of the Harley Club there. However, their itinerary will also take in some destinations in the local soil. "The travelers are also surveying some destinations in Vietnam to prepare for one more motorcycle tour late this year," Hung said, adding the next trip would take place in October, taking take travelers to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The company will also receive one more group of riders from Cambodia to Vietnam in December. * Saigontourist Travel Service Company on Wednesday welcomed to the city around 1,250 tourists and crew members on board the Costa Allegra cruise ship, who then joined a city tour and a tour to the Mekong Delta city of My Tho for some hours. The ship then left the city in the afternoon for Singapore. The cruise ship had also made port calls in the northern province of Quang Ninh and the central city of Danang from August … [Read more...] about Viking Travel launches motorcycle tour to Thailand
VietNamNet Bridge - The Silk Road on the sea exists with the contribution of all coastal countries. The honor of the Road must be based on respect for international law, respect for the independence and sovereignty of related countries, for the sake of peace and stronger friendship between peoples, and should not be mixed with any self-interested purposes. Preah Vihear Temple but the proposal was rejected due to a dispute with Thailand, and partly because Thailand objected to this proposal. … [Read more...] about China after the oil rig incident: what should Vietnam do?
Travel companies are offering dubious promotions to boost sales that have been poor even in summer, the peak tourism season. More than 20 travel companies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are offering discounts of up to nearly 50 percent on domestic tours. Though many promise the discounts will not affect quality, Thanh Nien discovered that clients are taken to fewer destinations on tours. Besides, the prices now exclude components that used to be included -- like meals and entrance tickets. Hanoitourist, for instance, is offering a four-day tour from the capital to the central resort town of Nha Trang for VND6.8 million (US$320.86) excluding lunches and dinners. It also does not include cable car fares at Vinpearl Land and tickets to the mineral mud bath at Thap Ba hot spring center though the sites are included in the itinerary. An alliance of 14 northern travel companies has also cut the price of a tour of heritage sites in the central region for four to five days. But … [Read more...] about Vietnam travel companies struggle to revive domestic market
Vietnam named among top tourism employers in Asia Pacific By Binh Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Visa Inc. and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have ranked Vietnam in the list of top 10 markets for travel and tourism employment in the region in their joint survey released on Monday. "The top two global markets for travel and tourism employment are China and India with Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand all in the top 10," said Greg Duffel, president and chief executive officer of PATA. The survey does not clarify the number of employees working in the industry in Vietnam. However the Tourism Working Group under the Vietnam Business Forum disclosed this US$4.5-billion industry employed one out of every nine people in the country. The travel and tourism industry was a major employer in nearly every destination in Asia Pacific, Duffel stressed in the statement about the Visa and PATA Asia Pacific travel intentions survey entitled "Determining Travel Preferences in … [Read more...] about Vietnam named among top tourism employers in Asia Pacific