Vietnam travel in brief 18/03
Brunei diplomat gives Halong Bay his vote of confidence
The international community has continued to show support to Vietnam’s World Heritage site of Halong Vietnam.
During a promotional event in Halong City last Sunday, Brunei Ambassador to Vietnam Dato Mahadi Wasli said he was confident that Ha Long Bay will keep topping the new wonders of the world voting.
Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been leading votes on the website www.new7wonders.com in the past two weeks. Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang grotto and Fansipan mountain are competing with more than 200 candidates to be included in the contest.
Saigontourist brings in 5,000 cruise ship passengers weekly
Saigontourist Travel Service Company welcomed a record 5,000 tourists in the past week, all of whom were travelling on five luxury cruise ships.
The cruise ships of Costa Allegra, SuperStar Libra, Saga Rose, Europa and Columbus anchored at Sai Gon Port, Halong Bay, Da Nang’s Tien Sa Port and Nha Trang. Saigontourist has received about 13,000 cruise tourists so far this year.
The company has also arranged land tours this year for thousands of cruise tourists from Western Europe and Austria to renowned tourist spots such as Halong Bay, Hue Imperial Palace, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City’s Notre Dame Cathedral, Cu Chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta.
India, Vietnam to top destination lists for German travellers by 2015
India and Vietnam are expected to top the list of popular destinations for outbound German travellers by 2015, according to a study by Tourism Intelligence International (TII).
The rising popularity of the new destinations will be part of a major shift in German travel as the country’s population levels stagnate.
This will lead to virtually zero growth in the volume of travellers but will create significant changes in where and how Germans travel, as well as in their booking patterns.
"As destinations can expect more competition for a share of a pie that will no longer be growing, marketers will have to look beyond the numbers," said TII Managing Director Dr Auliana Poon.
New York Times writer wants to sample the local snake wine
In an article in the New York Times on March 9, writer Neil Samson Katz said unlike other visitors who came to Vietnam for food or the beaches, he and his wife were visiting to taste traditional drinks, including snake wine.
Katz went to Vietnam’s northern provinces in January, sampling homemade rice wine in the Sapa area. During his stay there, Katz and his wife witnessed the way local people made traditional wines from rice and maize.
Katz found that many Vietnamese have kept their habit of sipping various wines distilled with herbal blends.
Pacific Airlines to let kids under two fly free, but they have to sit on your lap
The Ho Chi Minh City-based Pacific Airlines will offer free tickets to passengers under two years old from March 31.
Although children under the age of two do not require seats of their own since they sit on their parents’ laps, the carrier currently charges VND150,000 for each passenger under the age of two on the Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi route.
(Source: Viet Nam News)
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