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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"In South Korea, I can only look for jobs without much prestige, like a photocopy guy. So I decided to come to Vietnam and gain some work experience," Choi Chang-min, a 31-year-old South Korean man, told VnExpress. Choi has two bachelor’s degrees in international trade and finance and currently works as an executive assistant for a Korean company producing fashion garments for export in the northern province of Hung Yen, 54 km south of Hanoi. His main task is to make production plans and manage inventory. Choi is among 400 South Koreans who’ve moved to Vietnam to work under a program called K-Move, launched by the South Korean government to connect young Koreans to "quality jobs" in 70 countries. K-Move found overseas jobs for 5,783 graduates last year, more than triple the number in 2013, when it was first launched, Reuters reported. The unprecedented paucity of jobs at home has seen many young South Koreans, who account for about a fifth of the 51 … [Read more...] about Young South Koreans make a beeline for Vietnam as jobs dry up at home
The government is drafting a bill to raise the retirement age by two years for men to 62 and by five years for women to 60. But textile firms firmly oppose this proposal. Bui Duc Thinh, chairman of Song Hong Garment JSC, said at a recent forum that an increase of five years would cause too much stress for female textile workers, who work up to 10 hours a day in a job that requires intense focus. Many women workers in fact want to retire at 45, so the existing retirement age of 55 is already unreasonable, he said. "Some even bribe doctors to have medical grounds for early retirement." A representative of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) said women textile workers tend to retire at 35-40 and use their retirement benefits to open their own small business like a garment or barber shop. "Most of them quit before 50." Truong Van Cam, general secretary of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, said the retirement age should be increased first … [Read more...] about Textile industry unhappy with government plan to raise retirement age
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