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The southernmost province of Ca Mau received 516,000 visitors in the first eight months of this year, including 11,000 foreigners, the largest number so far. The number of tourists to Ca Mau saw a year-on-year increase of 23 percent, while the province’s tourism revenue posted an 18 percent rise from last year to reach 200 billion VND (12.1 million USD).
Local travellers are still packing their suitcases during the year-end tourist season, despite difficult economic times, according to industry insiders.
MICE tours (which combine travelling with attending meetings, conferences or events/exhibitions) are booming in the country, and have emerged as a lucrative business for the tourism sector.
The Giai Dieu Mua Thu (Autumn Melody) concert programme is scheduled to take place at the Ho chi minh city Conservatoire from August 15-17.
Providing free tourist information is a new service that is mushrooming in Vietnam especially in Hcm city
Forty contestants will vie for the crown of Miss Vietnam Tourism at Phan Dinh Phung Sports House in Hcm city on August 2.
Saigontourist Travel Service Company has so far this year welcomed nearly 18,300 visitors on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) tours, a year-on-year increase of 17 percent.
HCMC has revised up a revenue target for the tourism industry from VND35 trillion to VND46 trillion (US$2.78 billion) by 2010.
2,289,287 was the number of international visitors coming to Vietnam in the first six months of 2008, up by 8.1 per cent year on year, according to the General Department of Tourism.
Hcm city wants to see its tourism revenue reach VND46 trillion (US$2.78 billion) by 2010, double the figure of last year. It hopes to do this by pursuing its tourism development scheme approved by the city’s People’s Committee.
The Vietnam Tourism Association has selected Saigontourist Travel Service Co. and the five-star Caravelle hotel in HCMC as the best international tour operator and the best hotel in the country in 2007.
Binh Thuan received 1.1 million visitors, including 104,000 foreigners, in the first six months of the year and earned more than VND 660 billion from the sector.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has asked the tourism industry to focus on launching promotional campaigns in an effort to further cash in on the National Year of Tourism.
Vietnam will host the annual United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Asia-Pacific Conference on Metropolitan Tourism in 2009.
Vina Media Company plans to install from 50 to 100 booths this year at luxury hotels, shopping centers, banks, entertainment venues and the airport in Ho chi minh city to provide information for tourists.
Ho chi minh City’s Can Gio district, an outskirt zone enjoying little tourism investment so far, is set to have 23 new entertainment projects operational after 2010, said the local government.
The Ho chi minh city tourism sector plans to develop its human resources in tourism to meet increasing demands of the industry.
The Mekong Delta fruit festival opened in My Khanh village, Phong Dien district, Can tho province on May 28. It is part of activities to welcome the 2008 Mekong-Can Tho National Tourism Year held from May 28 to June 2.
When describing the region of Doc River in the southern province of Ca Mau, one may conjure up a busy seaside town with a lot of ships traveling to and fro every day and traditional craft villages.
Vietnam’s water puppetry theatres are in urgent need of a new generation of artists.
The Southern Fruit Festival, an annual event organized by Ho chi minh City’s Tourism Department to promote local fruits, will be held from June 1 to August 30 this year, organizers have said.
The number of foreign visitors travelling to Hcm city in the first quarter of 2008 rose by 20% year on year, with hotel occupancy rate averaging 85%. The hotel market, therefore, is very attractive.
A scientist in southern Binh Duong Province is out to prove that bamboo’s many gifts, from wood products to soil improvement, make it worth protecting and studying. Vu Thu Huong visits her ecomuseum.
A cultural tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups will be built in Son Tay town of northern Ha tay province, with state budget funding of 3.2 trillion VND.
Close to 330,000 foreign tourists visited Ho chi minh city in the month till Tet, up 17 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the HCM City Tourism Department.
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