A corner of Hội An, a popular tourism city in the central coastal region. — VNS Photo Xuân Đăng HCM CITY — The central coastal region continues to face challenges in tourism development even though the area is rich and diverse in natural and cultural resources. In recent years, the number of tourists to the region has exploded but has accounted for only 12.4 per cent of the country's total tourism income. The central coastal region has a coastline of nearly 1,400 km with many islands, including the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. In addition, there are ecotourism sites, including three national parks and 14 nature reserves. It also has four out of eight of the country's World Heritage sites, almost 300 cultural and historical relics and revolutionary relics, including 12 special national monuments. This area is also home … [Read more...] about Central coastal region to collaborate on tourism development
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The revenue generated from inbound tourism has not been commensurate to the tourism potential. At a symposium of the second Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit 2019 held in Hanoi on Monday, many experts and business executives in the field listed some reasons why foreign tourists are not opening their wallets in Vietnam. According to Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ngo Hoai Chung, the sector has witnessed a rapid growth in the number of international holidaymakers, however, they spend less in Vietnam compared to other Southeast Asian countries due to the shortage of tourism products and services. Tourism services are not diversified and attractive enough to meet the demand for entertainment, shopping and experience of international visitors. Other issues relating to the environment, human resources, application of information technology and infrastructure at tourist sites were also mentioned as the reasons preventing the tourism industry from generating … [Read more...] about Why foreign tourists hesitate to spend big in Vietnam?
Vietnam is already negotiating with other countries and territories for assistance, said Dinh Viet Thang, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) at a conference on Wednesday. Taiwan and South Korea have agreed to grant Vietnamese airlines fifth freedom traffic rights, which would allow them to carry passengers and goods from their territory to a third country. The CAAV has been recognized by the U.S. as achieving a Category 1 rating, which means it meets the International Civil Aviation Organization’s standards for personnel licensing, operations and airworthiness. Technical capability is still an issue for Vietnamese carriers since to operate flights to the U.S. they would need long-haul aircraft. They would need to meet the ETOPS-180 standard for operating twin-engine aircraft across oceans, which requires them to fly for 180 minutes on just one engine. In the country, only Vietnam Airlines has achieved this standard. Carriers seeking to fly to the … [Read more...] about Vietnamese carriers flying to US will face fierce competition: aviation officials
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien informed the National Assembly Thursday that every year 240 foreign films are imported, but just 40 Vietnamese films are produced. Vietnamese films are vastly outnumbered by foreign films in the local cinema market, he said. There is currently no regulation that limits film imports, hence the dominance of foreign films, the minister said. Vietnam needs to improve production and promotion of films by attracting investment for producing local films, he added. Another measure is to use technical barriers like censorship to prevent inappropriate foreign movies from being distributed in the market, Thien said. The minister also noted that Vietnam currently has many movies earning high revenues of up to VND200 billion ($8.5 million). In the first quarter of 2019, three movies raked in over VND100 billion ($4.3 million) in revenue: Furie (Hai Phuong), Winning Back My Pregnant Wife (Cua Lai Vo … [Read more...] about Cinemas requested to allocate 20 percent of screenings for Vietnamese films
Giant property developer Novaland Group yesterday won the Developer of the Year award at the 2019 Dot Property Southeast Asia Awards, a prestigious property industry honour in the region. Giant property developer Novaland Group yesterday won the Developer of the Year award at the 2019 Dot Property Southeast Asia Awards, a prestigious property industry honour in the region. At a ceremony in Bangkok last night, it also won the award for the Best Entertainment and Tourism Complex for its NovaWorld Phan Thiet. Now in its fourth year, the Dot Property Southeast Asia Awards rewards the best in regional real estate, honouring the leading developers, projects and companies that contribute to the sector. In July, at the Dot Property Viet Nam awards, Novaland had won the Best Developer Vietnam award. In the 27 years since it was established Novaland Group has become one of the biggest and most prestigious developers in the country with over 40 projects ranging from housing to hospitality. … [Read more...] about Novaland honoured as year’s top developer at Dot Property Southeast Awards