Foreign tourists on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in HCM City. The creation of smart tourism, including travel guide apps and inter-connectivity of devices, allows tourists to be better connected. — VNA/VNS Photo An Hieu The arrival of the internet of things (IoT) and inter-connectivity of devices has already substantially changed tourism and led to the development of smart tourism, experts have said. For cities, investment in smart tourism may be just one particular desired outcome in the wider smart city discussion, but it is worth noting that it is central to the wider agenda, Prof Perry Hobson, pro deputy-chancellor for global engagement at Taylor’s University in Malaysia, said. He was speaking at the 8th Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities (TPO) Forum that opened yesterday in HCM City. The growth in the use of IT and websites has allowed many businesses to deal directly with consumers and has seen the development of new B2B platforms and led to the … [Read more...] about Forum focuses on smart tourism
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Viet Nam News By Trinh Nguyễn A classic travel guide authored early in the 20th century has been reprinted, offering readers the opportunity to travel back in time and experience yesteryear Hà Nội in minute detail. Nhã Nam Books, in co-operation with Hà Nội Publishing House, has brought out a new edition of the original Hà Nội Chỉ Nam (Hà Nội Travel Guide), considered a thorough guide book in the early 20th century. Authored by Nguyễn Bá Chính, the guide book was first printed in 1923 with clear information about Hà Nội's tram routes, railway, roads, restaurants, hotels, pharmacies and tailors. Apart from the wealth of information, the book also encouraged readers to follow the writer's choices and recommendations. "This is a new guide book written in the Romanised Vietnamese script, targeting Vietnamese people, travellers and enterprises as the demand for travel keeps increasing in such a beautiful city, which will be a big market soon," Chính wrote in 1923. The book lists four … [Read more...] about A century on, travel guide becomes a time machine
VietNamNet Bridge - Nearly 100 travel guide books of a Chinese passenger were confiscated at the Da Nang International Airport on May 12 because the books have the Vietnam map without Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) archipelagoes. At 8.45pm on May 12, Da Nang City Customs Agency detected 98 Da Nang travel guide books in the luggage of a Chinese passenger named Xu Fenglin. The book consists of 32 pages, in Chinese language. Page 2 of the book has the Vietnam map which does not have Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes of Vietnam. Mr. Xu Fenglin said he is a tour guide and he brought 98 travel guide books into Vietnam to deliver to Chinese visitors in Da Nang. This is the second time that the Da Nang Customs Agency confiscated the books that violate Vietnam's sovereignty. Earlier, on March 1, the Da Nang Department of Culture - Sports and Tourism seized 500 handbooks and calendars imported from Taiwan with wrong information about Vietnam's sovereignty over the two … [Read more...] about Travel guide books confiscated for violating Vietnam’s sovereignty
Editor Notes:The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has recently said that those travel operators who employ foreign guides will be penalized or even have their license revoked, depending on their offenses. The warning was given earlier this month following media reports that many foreigners are working as unlicensed tour guides in the country. Vietnamese tourism laws stipulate that a tour guide must have Vietnamese nationality and live in Vietnam. A recent announcement by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism that warns tourism companies which employ foreign tour guides will likely lose their licenses is generating a lot of conversation among locals and expats. The problem is that the warning denies the realities of 21st century tourism management, regardless of what country this ruling would apply. As the number of tourists visiting Vietnam grows, the training and number of local tour guides proficient in foreign languages has barely kept pace. The … [Read more...] about Vietnam tourism: Who is guiding who?
The Hanoi Times - Le Guide du Routard Viet Nam 2009 (The Guide of the Traveller Viet Nam) - an updated, French travel guide from the publishers of world-renowned guide books, is hot off the press. The book gives readers fresh facts they need to know about the dos-and-dont's of traipsing around the rugged and verdant countryside of Viet Nam. It replaces the out-dated 1994 first edition. French journalist Olivier Page has documented his meandering wayfaring across the country since 1994 in the book. He's never to be seen without his camera and notebook. "Between 1992 and 1993, many French people started to pay attention to Viet Nam. French television arrived in the country for the first time after the war at the time. Through television, the French saw a new image of Viet Nam - a country at peace, opening up to the world," he said. He travels twice to Viet Nam to update the guide. "Seventy-five per cent of our work involves verifying practical information on hotels, restaurants, … [Read more...] about French language travel guide revised