Vietnam travel in brief 12/1
Saigontourist to spend nearly $1mil on Ho Chi Minh City’s Tet bash
Saigontourist, the chief organiser of this year’s Tet festival in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, will spend VND15bil (nearly US$1mil), mainly in sponsorship, to make the Vietnam Tet (Lunar New Year) 2008 a dazzling affair.
It has completed the designs for the street floral decorations and the schedule of events, including the Nguyen Hue Flower Street, the Festival of Banh Tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake with green bean paste and pork), fireworks, and music programmes on New Year’s Eve, and street lighting.
The Ho Chi Minh City authorities view the annual festival as a special occasion for residents and foreign visitors.
International fireworks contest gets official go-ahead in Da Nang
A plan to hold an international fireworks contest in Da Nang city has received the go ahead from the Government. Themed Fairy Dance, the contest will be held on March 27-28 at the former Han River Port with competitors coming from Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea.
Each team will have 14 minutes to perform, the first two minutes with compulsory music, and the last two minutes with no background music.
Each team will get a subsidy of US$30,000 to 40,000 for production costs, transportation, and accommodation. The winner stands to get $6,000 and runners-up $3,200 and $1,800.
Marriott, other five-star hotels in the offing for Hanoi’s high-end clientele
The Hanoi administration has licensed three five-star hotel projects in addition to five other world-class hotels to be built at a cost of US$1.2bil.
The Hanoi Tourism Department says the three projects are the Marriot Hotel close to the My Dinh International Convention Centre, to be built by Bitexco Company, a hotel-office-villa complex on Doi Can Street, and a hotel-office project in Tran Vu Street.
Besides, the Hanoi Tourism Corp has signed a deal with foreign partners to build a racecourse in Soc Son District.
Furama wins second Top Trade Services award from Ministry of Industry and Trade
The five-star Furama Resort Da Nang has received the 2007 Top Trade Services award from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. It is for the second year that Furama has been nominated for the award, confirming its reputation as one of the country’s top resorts.
The poll, held annually since 2006, aims at identifying excellent businesses in 11 categories that Vietnam committed to open when joining the WTO.
(Source: Viet Nam News)
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