Vietnam Travel in Brief 03/10
VN tourism eyes pulling in more Japanese, Korean visitors
Journalists, travel agents and tour operators from Japan and South Korea will participate in a familiarisation trip organised by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) to attract more visitors from these countries.
Vu The Binh, head of VNAT’s Travel Department, said 70 people from Japan would visit Nha Trang next Friday and 30 Koreans will visit the next day.
The fam trip, the largest to Viet Nam, is a joint effort by the VNAT and Vietnam Airlines.
Travel firm organises first of a kind trans-ASEAN caravan tour
Vinh Tan Tourism and Trade Company (Vyta Tours) wanved off in Ho Chi Minh City a caravan tour through five ASEAN member-countries on Wednesday, the first of its kind to take in Viet Nam.
Nine tourists from the US, Canada, and Norway left on the two-month tour that will travel through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, and Viet Nam.
Phan Than, director of Vyta Tours, said the tour cost nearly US$20,000 per person.
Windsor Hotel to hold Oktoberfest in Ho Chi Minh City with German business group
Windsor Plaza Hotel and the German Business Association will organise the traditional annual German beer festival, Oktoberfest, from October 8 to 12 in Ho Chi Minh City.
The five-day festival will offer a chance for beer-lovers to enjoy different kinds of draught and bottled beer and enjoy German music, dancing, food, and traditional games.
German Ambassador Rolf Schulze will perform the "O’zapftis" or the traditional tapping of the first beer barrel, signalling the opening of the festival.
Thailand tourism authority honours Saigontourist with award
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has awarded Saigontourist Travel Service Co the Friend of Thailand Awards that is given to individuals, international tour operators, and airlines.
The awards are based on criteria like the number of tourists sent to Thailand, tourism products, traditional activities, and promotional campaigns by Vietnamese travel agents.
Last year the number of tourists Saigontourist took to Thailand increased by 37 per cent over 2006. The company operates daily tours to Thailand with at least 25 people on each of them.
In the first eight months this year, Saigontourist sent more than 250 groups to Thailand, up 20 per cent compared with last year.
South Korea promotes Viet Nam tourism exchange with new flights
Korean Air has announced it will increase the capacity on its Ha Noi-Seoul route by 60 per cent from October 26. It will replace its 180-seat Boeing 737-900s, with 269-seat Airbus A330-300s.
It will also launch an advertising campaign in South Korea promoting Ha Noi and HaLong Bay as tourist attractions. South Korea will also waive visas for Vietnamese tourists flying to the US, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand who make a two-day stopover in Seoul.
(Source: Viet Nam News, URL:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/travel/2008/10/806852/)
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