Vietnam Travel in brief 24/12
Vietnamese tourist group takes Christmas tour of the US
A group of 52 Vietnamese tourists left Ho Chi Minh City for a special tour of the US on Tuesday (December 18) organised by Saigontourist Travel Service Co. The Christmas tour stops in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and Hollywood after an eight-hour stop-over in Tokyo. The 11-day tour of the US costs $3,620 per person.
For Christmas and New Year’s holiday, Saigontourist has received some 6,400 bookings for inbound and outbound tours, including packages for the US, Europe, South Africa and Egypt. That represents a 27% increase compared with the same period last year.
The Nam Hai voted World’s Best New Resort by Cigar Aficionado
The luxury lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado has named the five-star resort The Nam Hai as the World’s Best New Resort in their 2007 poll. "As the world’s top hotel brands fall over one another to open grand palaces throughout Asia, it was sleepy Vietnam that stood out," the magazine’s editors wrote in a recent issue.
Cigar Aficionado described The Nam Hai as "more of a village...with guest rooms contained entirely in decadent freestanding villas". The resort, which spans 35 hectares between Da Nang and the historic town of Hoi An, has 60 individual villas and 40 villas with private pools overlooking 1km of private beach.
National archives opens collection to public view
The National Archives Office opened the National Archives Centre 4 last week with an exhibition at 2 Yet Kieu Street in the central highlands city of Da Lat Vietnam. The exhibit includes more than 3,000 wooden items from the Nguyen dynasty and millions of documents from the revolutionary war (1945-1975).
The archives centre 4 was one of the residences of Tran Le Xuan, the sister-in-law of Ngo Dinh Diem, president of the former Sai Gon regime, who was killed during a coup d’etat in 1963.
Tour operators club together to promote professionalism
Ten international tour operators in Ho Chi Minh City have established the Vietnam
Inbound Tour Operator Club with an aim to promote professionalism in Vietnam’s tourism industry. The club members include outstanding tour operators across the country, such as Indochina Services Vietnam
, Focus Asia, Asian Trails, Deithelm Travel, Phoenix Vietnam
, and Trails of Indochina.
Bui Viet Thuy Tien, the club’s deputy president and director of Asian Trails, said soaring hotel room rates were a problem for the hotel industry, and the club was seeking to resolve the trouble.
Vietnam tourism advertised on French-based Fashion TV
The French-based Fashion TV Group (FTV) will air free advertisements of Ha Long Bay and launch its cruise tours to Vietnam next year, said an official from the national tourism authority. He said FTV would broadcast ads on Ha Long Bay Vietnam (Halong bay tours) in next year’s second quarter to encourage people to vote for it as one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
(Source: Viet Nam News)