Keeping up with global trends The term charter flight refers to an airline route arranged by a travel company that rents all the seats of an airplane. In comparison with other forms of travel, the most fundamental difference of tour packages using air charter is that instead of purchasing normal air tickets, tourists will travel by private airplane on return flights arranged by travel firms to a particular place, bringing about several benefits and advantages for customers. Tours using air charter can depart according to the schedule set by the tour operator, with flexible flight times particularly suitable for large groups of tourists. In addition, the travel company renting the plane may request the carrier provides flexible flight services to any airport that company is entitled to use. Although the name conjures up images of luxury travel, in fact tours using air charter services typically cost 20-30% less than conventional ones. By booking the entire route, Vietnamese travel firms … [Read more...] about Charter flights: a new hot trend for Vietnamese tourism
China always keeps the ambition to expand territory and increase its influence. Therefore, international organizations will be the places to solve these problems, according to Michael Dukakis, former Governor of the state of Massachusetts in the US. He spoke to VietNamNet on the tensions caused by China. Prof Michael Dukakis What do Americans think about the happenings in the East Sea? This can be seen in the statement by Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson for the US State Department. “China should cease its bullying behavior and refrain from engaging in this type of provocative and destabilizing activity.” The US always opposes the persecution and threat of any party to assert territorial or maritime claims. It is obvious that China is undermining regional peace and security when reclaiming and militarizing the outposts in the East Sea, using militia forces to provoke, intimidate, oppress other countries in an attempt to make illegal maritime claims in the sea. It … [Read more...] about Prof Dukakis: China is undermining regional peace and security
The local aviation sector has achieved impressive growth, but its infrastructure has not kept up with the nation’s overall development, said an official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, at a workshop in Binh Dinh on April 11. A Bamboo Airways aircraft - PHOTO: BAMBOO AIRWAYS The workshop was aimed at seeking solutions to promote the sustainable growth of the Vietnamese aviation sector. Pham Van Hao, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said at the workshop that although Vietnam’s aviation sector is a young industry, it has seen double digit growth in the past decade. The number of planes in the local aviation sector has tripled, from 60 in 2008 to the current 192, with 57 planes being owned by Vietnamese airlines. Also, the average longevity of the local aircraft fleet has been some 5.8 years, compared with 8.8 years a decade ago, said Hao. He added that the sector has recently witnessed the participation of the private sector, … [Read more...] about Aviation infrastructure not aligned with high growth: official
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?