Information about RCI - RCI is a pioneer of the concept of vacation exchange in the industry and is founded by Jon and Christel DeHaan in Indianapolis of the US in 1974. Currently, RCI is the world’s largest vacation exchange provider with 3.9 million members and more than 50 million confirmed exchanges since founding. - RCI has more than 4,300 affiliated resorts in approximately 110 countries globally. - RCI has a total of six affiliated partners in Vietnam, and its largest affiliate in the country in terms of exchange volume is Paradise Bay Resort Ltd. (ALMA). As an experienced manager in hospitality, what weaknesses do you see in Vietnamese tourism? Jonathan Mills - Jonathan Mills is the managing director for RCI Asia-Pacific and DAE Global. - Mills’ previous experience includes a decade-long tenure with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he most recently served as head of Operations for Holiday Inn Express and IHG Shared Services based in Bangkok of … [Read more...] about Wide open horizons ahead of vacation ownership
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By Nguyen Quy  September 10, 2018 | 04:40 pm GMT+7 Two Vietnamese “wonders” have reaffirmed their eye-catching reputation by being listed among 20 most breathtaking places in the world. The list, compiled by Cyprus-based travel site Brightside, includes the Golden Bridge in Da Nang city, held up by two giant hands in a “surreal” spectacle, and the Cua Van fishing village in Ha Long Bay. In fact, the 150-meter-long Golden Bridge, rising above the Truong Son mountain range in central Vietnam, tops the list. The bridge, which opened to tourists in June this year, has achieved almost instant global fame because of the imagination shown by architect Vu Viet Anh and his team. It was also featured in CNN’s best travel photographs of the year. Vietnam’s Golden Bridge among world’s top travel photos this year The Cua Van floating fishing village in the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Golden Bridge, fishing village reaffirm awesome reputation
The campaign ‘Pink Summer Vacation 2018’ was officially launched yesterday at the HCMC’s Children Center. Taking part in the campaign are 3,000 members of the Communist Youth Union of HCMC. This is the campaign to celebrate the 25th anniversary (1994 – 2018) of voluntary summer campaigns of the city. The campaign this year focuses on activities to help residents in remote areas, including constructing charity houses for poor people, improving 6 rural routes with concrete, delivering 12 scholarships and 50 presents to families under preferential treatment policy, gifting new textbooks and notebooks to poor children, organizing arts shows, performing medical examination and delivering medicine for 1,500 residents, donating 500 units of blood. Right after the launching ceremony, participants began their first task of improving the route in Group 1 of Hamlet 3 and open the rural road in Group 18, Hamlet 1 of An Phu Tay Commune in Binh Chanh District. … [Read more...] about ‘Pink Summer Vacation 2018’ aims at helping remote areas
The scholarships were presented at a ceremony reviewing the program “Accompanying Vietnamese start-up youths” in Hanoi on May 31. Permanent Deputy Chairwoman of the federation’s Central Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Van said the program aims to promote the start-up ecosystem and innovations in Vietnam through the provision of scholarships for outstanding students. At the ceremony reviewing the program "Accompanying Vietnamese start-up youths" Hoang Hau Phuong Dong (born in 1995), one of the three winners, had the idea of helping low-income people enjoy vacations with their beloved people through the hire-purchase system with travel companies. Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Quynh Nga (born in 1995) had an idea of building a training center for workers in different sectors to improve quality of human resources. Hoang Tam Anh (born in 1996) presented a project supporting people with disabilities and those from needy backgrounds in connecting with businesses. The … [Read more...] about Scholarships for Vietnamese students with excellent start-up ideas
In football crazy Vietnam, growing affluence is propelling a prodigious number of people looking to vacation in Russia during the World Cup season. They are willing to brave the higher tour prices and stiff ticket prices for World Cup matches, especially the quarters, semis and final, footing bills that could run into five figures in U.S. dollars. Some travel agents have reported a hike of 20-25 percent in the number of local customers booking tours to Russia during the World Cup season slated for June 14-July 15. Leading tourism company Vietravel said more than 500 local customers have booked tour packages for watching World Cup games in Russia this year. This is a 300 percent boost over the same period last year. Meanwhile, tour operators like Fiditour and Hanoitourist have reported that the number of customers booking tours to Russia during the World Cup is 20-25 percent higher than last year. Fiditour has in fact stopped accepting more bookings for this tour package since late … [Read more...] about Legions of Vietnamese fans foot big bills for World Cup vacation in Russia
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
Two foreigners living in and outside Vietnam recalled their cozy memories with the Lunar New Year, or Tet in Vietnamese. 'Starting afresh' I’ve witnessed ten Tet since I started living here. In the early years I went to the fireworks and partied with friends in the expat bars around Hoi An. Often I would meet people I hadn’t seen for months as I tend to live quietly but was also busy with teaching. In the more recent years as I had some dogs as pets, I tended to stay at home or take the dogs for walks during the holiday evenings because it’s so calm, peaceful and lovely to see how people have decorated their houses. I like the idea of “starting afresh’ – throwing out old things, cleaning up and yet, remembering their ancestors. I’ve lost both my parents in the last two years so this has been on my mind. I admire the devotion to the family, helping out with the Tet chores and working for the parents while they do stuff for Tet. I like the … [Read more...] about Tet is the time for family, friends in Vietnam
Foreigners answer a call for submissions made by Tuoi Tre News on how best to help those who suffer from depression following several heart-wrenching mental illness-related incidents led by late treatment. Take care of your loved ones In my opinion, involving the family with helping their loved ones is a basic solution for preventing depression. Once depression does happen, the impacts can be unexpected. To prevent it, we should show care and love to our family members, friends, colleagues, and coworkers by supporting them, listening to them, and giving them a hand when they are in need. People should promise themselves that they will not leave their loved ones alone. Love among family members can protect against anxiety and depression. Tanasak Phosrikun in a photo he supplied to Tuoi Tre News In Thailand’s daily newspapers, I see that depression has led to such tragedies as violence between husbands and wives when one is jealous of the other or during a divorce … [Read more...] about Foreigners share ideas on helping those suffering depression
South Korea will seek discussions on resuming reunions of separated families at this week's inter-Korean talks, Seoul's top delegate said Monday, as the North trumpeted the importance of achieving reunification. The two Koreas agreed last week to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years and will meet Tuesday at the truce village of Panmunjom.The talks will largely focus on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, but the two sides are expected to also bring up their own issues of interest."We will prepare for discussions on the issue of separated families and ways to ease military tensions," Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon told reporters, according to the Yonhap News Agency.Because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a formal peace treaty, the two Koreas remain technically at war.Tensions soared last year as the North made rapid progress on its banned weapons programmes, launching ballistic missiles it said … [Read more...] about Seoul seeks to put family reunions on N. Korea talks agenda