Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2013

Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2013

The VITM Hanoi 2013 will be held for the first time at International Exhibition Centre, in Hanoi, on April 18-21, featuring 400 booths from domestic and foreign businesses.Themed ‘Exploring the Red River Delta – The source of Vietnamese culture’, the mart is part of activities in response to the National Tourism Year 2013 and the [...]

Tourism promotion centre launched in Ho Chi Minh

Tourism promotion centre launched in Ho Chi Minh

The centre assumes responsibility for providing advice and for implementation of the strategies, programmes and plans approved by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote tourism. The HTPC will link and co-ordinate with domestic and foreign localities and other organisations in tourism promotion and investment, developing and promoting tourist markets and local [...]

Promoting tourism, Vietnam lacks both money and talents

Promoting tourism, Vietnam lacks both money and talents

The question was raised by Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), who also gave the answer that because Vietnam doesn’t have money to create high quality products. Cuong complained that the budget for tourism promotion is always very limited. “We had to ask travel firms many times [...]

Vietnam needs more three – to five-star hotels

Vietnam needs more three – to five-star hotels

Vietnam currently has 13,500 tourist accommodation facilities with some 285,000 rooms, said Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The average occupancy rate at hotels nationwide reached 58% last year, and the current number of rooms is sufficient for this year. However, as hotels are scattered, many provinces do not have [...]

Vietnamese market too severe to airlines

Vietnamese market too severe to airlines

In October 2010, the aircraft bearing the image of red-head cranes–a symbol of Air Mekong, began taking off and providing first commercial flights. People believed that the owners of the airline had enough time to learn the lesson from the failure of another private air carrier – Indochina Airlines – which had to stop operation [...]

Safety of tourists is of vital importance

Safety of tourists is of vital importance

The conference between travel companies and state officials was held to collect suggestions and petitions of hundreds of travel companies to resolve shortcomings and promote the national tourism industry. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism were in attendance. Ky suggested the tourism industry and authorities [...]

Ba Be Lake awarded national special relic status

Ba Be Lake awarded national special relic status

The title of national special relic site was awarded to Ba Be Lake in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan at a ceremony on December 29. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung attended the ceremony. Addressing the event, he affirmed that the title will help the province make the most of its natural heritage [...]

Travel firms decry tour guide qualifications rules

Travel firms decry tour guide qualifications rules

Many travel firms have protested prevailing regulations requiring tour guides to have a bachelor’s degree, especially at a time they are in dire need of tour guides to serve international guests during this peak season of the inbound segment. This problem has surfaced for a long time and got more heated now that the Ministry [...]

Many tour operators complain of “brand stealing”

Many tour operators complain of “brand stealing”

Stealing a business name–leading to confusion for customers and affecting the reputation is a big concern of many tourism firms. Speaking at a seminar on the role of law in protecting Vietnamese tourism brands in HCM City on December 4, Ms. Nguyen Thi Khanh, deputy chair of the HCM City Tourism Association, said that stealing [...]