The Saigon Innovation Hub (SIHUB) in Ho Chi Minh City and the Echoing Drum Company have partnered to launch the Echoing Drum Show – The Art of Hat Boi. This is one among many tourism startup projects sponsored and incubated by SIHUB, aiming to promote innovation in tourism products and popularise Vietnamese culture to visitors in a creative manner. Huynh Kim Tuoc, SIHUB Executive Director, said that Cheo and Boi (Tuong) singing are the two oldest performing arts of Vietnamese theatre. In particular, the Southern region has made many imprints in the development of Boi singing art. In addition to introducing Vietnamese folklore to international friends, the project also aims to use AI in tourism to help visitors enjoy and understand Boi singing, Tuoc added. While enjoying Boi singing shows made of materials from the Southern culture on the basis of modern theatre techniques and using presentation slides to introduce Vietnamese culture through English in a creative way, visitors … [Read more...] about AI helps promote Vietnamese tourism and culture
The tender pink color of the cherry apricot trees Contemplating flowers in the northwest The arrival of winter in Vietnam’s northwest provides an opportunity for flowers to bloom. The immense white mustard flower fields in Moc Chau town of Son La Province are usually in full bloom from November to late December. Then, apricot and plum flowers blossom, covering the hillsides of Moc Chau town and Bac Ha rocky plateau in Lao Cai Province. As tourists travel in early spring from Moc Chau to Lai Chau and Dien Bien Provinces, and Sa Pa town of Lao Cai Province, they will see wonderful peach blossoms everywhere. The peach flowers here are also pinkish, with mossy and rough branches and trunk, but they are different from peach flower trees in lowland regions. The roots are strong and the flowers’ color appears more vital. A five to six-day winter trip to the region affords views of snow-covered Sapa with its ancient houses and colorful markets, as well as an opportunity to enjoy … [Read more...] about Stunning winter trips in Vietnam
Vietnamese tourism authorities are devising a phased road map to welcome foreign tourists of certain nationalities back to the country. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, deputy director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said the country would “not reopen completely” during a conference in coastal Quang Ninh Province on Friday. Speaking of Vietnam's stance on reopening its borders to foreign tourists, Huong stated that selected foreign markets, more specifically those with high demand and preference for all-inclusive tour packages to the Southeast Asian country, would be welcomed back to certain resorts that can ensure apt isolation and air connection. Echoing Huong’s ideas, Nguyen Manh Tien, deputy chairman of the National Assembly Committee for External Relations, urged relevant ministries and agencies to devise regulations and standards to reintroduce foreign tourists back in certain provinces, considering many secluded tourism complexes have been prepared in the … [Read more...] about Vietnam eyes stepwise plan to reopen to foreign tourists
Vaccine passports – the future?, illustration photo, source: internet At the end of December, thousands of Europeans received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine after the company received authorisation in the EU. Since then, other countries such as the US, Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, India, and several Asian countries, including Vietnam, have also started to receive or order vaccines to prepare for mass vaccination programmes. This has awakened optimism about an end to the pandemic and the idea of a vaccine passport. A heated discussion Some parts of the world, such as the Seychelles, Cyprus, and Romania, have begun to remove quarantine requirements for visitors who have been vaccinated. In early January, Denmark also announced that it would issue vaccine passports to citizens within the next three to four months. To get digital vaccine passports, Danish citizens will have to declare their medical and vaccination status on a government-issued app. … [Read more...] about Vaccine passports – the future?
He said the certificate will be issued in a month’s time and that the matter is being discussed with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure that the document is also recognised by other countries. Malaysia launched the first phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme from February 24 on prioritised groups. The second phase is scheduled for April. On March3, Malaysia reported 1.745 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases to 305,880, with 1,148 deaths. On the same day, the Philippines reported 1,783 new infections, bringing the total count to 582,223. The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported that death toll has increased to 12,389, while the number of recoveries has been 534,778. The DOH earlier confirmed that the country found six patients infected with new variants of SARS CoV-2 that was first detected in South Africa, along with 87 cases positive to the variants originated in the UK. Also on March 3, Director General of the Department … [Read more...] about Malaysia to issue smart COVID-19 vaccination certificate