Vietnam Travel in Brief 24/05
Da Nang to shoot the works
Following the success of the first firework contest in March, the Government has given its approval to the central coastal city of Da Nang to organise annual international fireworks events.
International teams in the contest, which will not use the State budget, are allowed to use their own fireworks, according to a document issued by the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on May 8. Four teams from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada and Vietnam competed this year.
Two more trains for Hue Festival
The Hanoi Railway Transportation Co will put into operation a pair of trains on Hanoi-Hue to carry tourists during the Festival Hue 2008.
The two trains will start running today (from Hanoi) and tomorrow (from Hue). The HN1 train will depart Hanoi at 7:20pm and arrive in Hue at 9:10am the next day.
The HN2 train will depart from Hue at 2:20pm and arrive in Hanoi at 5:20am the next day. The two trains will call on the stations of Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Vinh, and Dong Hoi.
Cruise ships dock up and down coast
Saigontourist Travel Services Co has organised tours for 5,500 cruise tourists on board three cruise ships which called on Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Halong Bay on Monday and Tuesday.
The five-star Costa Allegra with 1,300 tourists from Italy, Spain, the UK and France docked at Sai Gon Port. Also on Monday, SuperStar Gemini docked at Da Nang’s Tien Sa Port for 1,200 tourists from Australia to visit the city, Hue and Hoi An. On Tuesday the company welcomed SuperStar Virgo to Halong Bay with 3,000 tourists from China and Japan. Saigontourist has organised domestic tours in Vietnam for some 30,000 international cruise tourists since January.
Swiss firm designates tour agents
The Swiss travel firm Kuoni and four selected sales agents, BSR Reisen, BTA Travel AG, Cosa Travel, and Fantasy Tours, will start their Familiarisation trip to Vietnam today.
The eight-day FAM trip, organised by Vietnam Airlines, will take Swiss visitors to tourist attractions in the country, including beaches such as Phan Thiet, Hoi An and Nha Trang. On the final day in Ho Chi Minh City, May 30, the visitors will meet with local tour operators and hotels.
Nguyen Thuy Phuong, from Viet Nam Airlines’ Passenger Marketing Department, said the meeting would provide a chance for Swiss and Vietnamese tourism companies to discuss co-operation and learn about the travel habit of Swiss tourists.
According to the National Statistics Bureau’s figures, last year Vietnam received some 22,000 Swiss visitors, a year-on-year increase of 12.7 per cent.
Lao Cai readies for tourism festival
The northern border province of Lao Cai is preparing for the Bac Ha Culture and Tourism Week to take place in the province’s Bac Ha Town and four surrounding communes of Bao Nhai, Coc Ly, Na Hoi and Ban Pho from May 30 to June 2.
Like the Sa Pa Culture and Tourism Week which was held in the resort town of Sa Pa from April 30, the Bac Ha Tourism Week will include festivities that encourage tourists to explore the culture and lifestyle of the ethnic people.
Visitors can participate in a food festival, many ethnic folk games, a horse race contest with some 50 horses, and music performances. They will be able to walk through the ripe plum gardens and taste the local fruit.
(Source: Viet Nam News, URL:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/05/784649/)
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