Last week, we invited our readers to share their opinions on how to protect the marine environment. Here are some of the comments we received. Martin Loffelholz, German, Berlin It is very important to view sea pollution as a global issue - or at least as a regional issue - because the sea has no borders and taking care of the marine environment is a global task. From that perspective, it is very important to co-operate with our neighbours and also with other countries, especially with coastal nations. The global seashore is important for everyone because if the sea is not healthy, all human beings will suffer from it. My country, Germany, has a number of sea ports and busy hubs so there are very strict regulations and laws now related to pollution and environmental crimes. Especially in the coastal areas, the water police are trying to enforce them. The problem of over fishing should also be addressed. Every country needs to have its own specific laws to regulate what is allowed … [Read more...] about Growing marine pollution is problem for every nation
Why tourism is important for a country
The story that has won local headlines over the last week about a banker who lost a rhino horn should be viewed as more than just a theft. Vice chief of the Board of Management of Sacombank Tram Be lost the six-figure horn when a burglar allegedly broke into his villa in the Mekong Delta city of Tra Vinh, where the dead, stuffed rhino was displayed in the living room, in late September. Local moneyed men have been reported as showing off their wealth and status level by filling their living rooms with wild animals such as tigers, leopards, and now, a rhino. More than 100 Vietnamese nationals have been licensed to import rhino from South Africa, according to a Tuoi Tre report, which cited figures from the CITES Vietnam Authority, which manages the international trade of endangered wildlife. CITES Vietnam is not allowed to publicize the name of the rhino importers, but Tuoi Tre quoted its vice director as saying on Tuesday that those "must be the well-off." A number of tour … [Read more...] about Is rhino new choice for VN moneyed men to show off?
Foreign educational investors are heartened by Vietnam's positive attitudes towards quality education. Investment in education in Vietnam is viewed as a highly profitable field. With domestic education programmes being somewhat outdated, many well-off families prefer to enrol their children at international schools in the country or send them overseas to study. Given such thinking, foreign investors see opportunities in Vietnam's education sector. … [Read more...] about Creating a niche
Hong Kong is the better gateway for Vietnam to enter China John C Tsang John C Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (China), has just paid a two-day visit to Vietnam to bolster bilateral economic cooperation. In a talk with The Saigon Times Daily, he highlights the opportunities for Vietnamese companies to further tap the huge market of China via Hong Kong under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) signed in 2003 between the territory and mainland China. CEPA is in fact a free trade agreement that breaks down trade barriers for goods entering China. The Saigon Times Daily: Hong Kong signed a unique free trade agreement known as Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with China in 2003. So how can Vietnamese enterprises take advantage of this agreement? - John C Tsang: As you know, the Chinese market is the largest and the most potential one. However, successfully tapping this market is far from easy. In Vietnam, you … [Read more...] about Hong Kong is the better gateway for Vietnam to enter China
Time Is Nice For MICE In Vietnam By Quang Tuan MICE tourists inHCM City Localities and the tourism industry have made great efforts to make profits from MICE (meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition) tours that have seemingly not gotten much interest for years According to unofficial calculations from tourism companies, MICE inbound tours bring big profits compared to other tourist products. For instance, a MICE guest from Europe can end up spending up to US$700-1,000 per day, while those from Asia can spend around US$400 per day, exclusive of tour fees. Some favorite choices for MICE guests are HCM City, Hanoi, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc Island. Danang’s story The big profits possibly explain the reason why the Danang authorities have decided to list MICE as one of the three key tourism sectors in the period 2011-2015. According to representatives of some domestic tour operators, the city must solve some issues to cash in on these profits, ranging from specific … [Read more...] about Time Is Nice For MICE In Vietnam