Participants in Italian reality television show Donnavventura, who were in Vietnam until Monday to shoot, seem to have taken a liking to the country. After visiting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and several remote locations in central Vietnam and the central highlands, the six beautiful young women said Vietnam had truly charmed them with its friendly people and romantic landscapes, especially Ha Long bay. "We will tell Italians to visit your country," one of them said excitedly. … [Read more...] about Italy TV show participants charmed by Vietnam landscapes, people
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Local firms work on Vietnam-Laos-Thailand tours Vitours: Danang-Hong Kong charter flights fully booked By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Representatives of some 60 domestic tour operators are inspecting destinations in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand for a familiarization trip arranged by Vitours Company Limited and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in preparation for new overland tours. TAT will be responsible for the Thailand leg of the familiarization trip as well as for helping Vietnamese tour operators find their partners during the journey which is scheduled to wrap up on September 24. Dung said almost all the participating tour operators were based in HCMC and Hanoi, and that they would work with Vitours after the trip to develop new package overland tours for sale to travelers, especially locals in the cities and other parts of Vietnam from October this year. Dung estimated the new tours would last seven to eight days, and their prices would range from US$200 to … [Read more...] about Local firms work on Vietnam-Laos-Thailand tours
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