Vietnamese and Japanese members of parliament have discussed ways to promote the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and strengthen exchanges between the two countries’ parliamentarians at all levels. On June 18, Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Committee for External Affairs Nguyen Van Giau held talks with Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the House of Councillors Shingo Miyake in Tokyo as part of his visit to Japan. He told his host that last year Vietnam was honoured to welcome the Japanese Emperor and Empress as well as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Speaker of the House of Representatives Oshima Tadamori and Speaker of the House of Councillors Chuichi Date. Japan has helped Vietnam build iconic works such as Can Tho Bridge, Nhat Tan Bridge, and upgrade Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat airports, Giau emphasized. The sound relationship between the House of Councillors of the National Diet of Japan and the … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Japan examines ways to promote CPTPP
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A number of tourists and expats in Vietnam have shared their thoughts on traffic safety in the country following a request made by Tuoi Tre News in the wake of hundreds of driving-related causalities recorded during the Lunar New Year holiday. Anything can happen when driving in Vietnam It appears that the Vietnamese attitude towards driving is completely different than my impression on the Vietnamese attitude towards beauty, friendliness and strong family ties. In traffic it seems as if the prevailing attitude is, “me, me, me” or “ I'll do whatever I want, and you should be responsible for not hitting me, no matter what stupid, dangerous and selfish thing I do.” I feel that it is much more dangerous to drive in Vietnam than the USA and other countries in the developed world. The reason for this is that Vietnamese drivers often ignore traffic regulations and do whatever they want. This includes driving against traffic, not stopping at red lights and not … [Read more...] about How safe is it to drive in Vietnam?
Mr. Peter Grove and Mrs. Kate Goswell (from UK), arriving on Vietnam Airlines flight 120, became the first foreign tourists to step foot in Vietnam on the first day of 2012.They were among 287 other tourists from Germany and 256 from UK who were welcomed at Tan Son Nhat airport in a ceremony organized by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This is the first time they have travelled to Vietnam, “we consider Vietnam as one of the most crucial tourist oriented markets to woo,” they said. Their tour will take them from HCMC to the central city of Nha Trang and then to the Northern Provinces.In an interview with Saigon Giai Phong, La Quoc Khanh, Vice Director of HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism unveiled his agency’s ambitious plan to tap into the overseas market this year, and draw the attention of many tourism and media agencies from neighboring nations, including holding direct meetings, tour and sale programs, to launch new products and … [Read more...] about Thousands of foreign tourists land in Vietnam on first day of 2012
As millions of Vietnamese travel abroad each year, many foreign travel agencies have come knocking on the local tourism market, being aware of Vietnam’s great potential. Patrick Kwok is stunned at the number of arrivals in Hong Kong from Vietnam last year. The general director of business development of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says over 100,000 Vietnamese people traveled to Hong Kong in 2010, which represented a staggering growth rate of 33.1 percent year on year. The upsurge in the number of Vietnamese taking outbound trips to Hong Kong is a crucial point prompting this territory’s tourism body to direct attention to Vietnam as a visitor-generating market. Kwok, therefore, has over the past month made two visits to Vietnam to prepare for a far-reaching promotion program to tap the local market. He is just one among representatives of many foreign travel agencies who have been coming to tap into the local tourism market’s potential. Targeting … [Read more...] about Travel agencies woo local market
He was already on an airplane to Hanoi just a week after being officially confirmed by the Senate as the new U.S. ambassador to Vietnam.Sleeves rolled up, he was ready for his first mission as the ambassador: to prepare for U.S. President Donald Trump’s attendance at the APEC summit in Da Nang, running from November 6 to 11, and his state visit to the Vietnamese capital from November 11 to 12.He is Daniel J. Kritenbrink, a career diplomat with varied experience in Asia. The Senate confirmed Kritenbrink as the new ambassador to Vietnam in October.He replaced Ted Osius, who still stays in Vietnam after his ambassadorship.Kritenbrink has served as an American diplomat since 1994. He was the Senior Advisor for North Korea Policy at the Department of State.A former Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, China, Kritenbrink has held senior leadership positions at the Department of State and served as a Senior Director at the National Security Council."Hi my friend, please call me … [Read more...] about Exclusive interview: US ambassador on cooperation, trade, aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam Info Alert Alert Chia sẻ bài viết qua e-mail
The Vietnam Airlines Corporation, its member, Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company (VAECO), and the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) have inked an agreement to launch a Bachelor Programme on Aeronautics and a Master Programme on International Air Transport Operation Management. At the signing ceremony. (Photo: Vietnam Airlines)Under the deal, the USTH will work with Vietnam Airlines in carry out introduction and enrollment for the programmes. The university will prepare facilities, lecturers and programme operation. Vietnam Airlines committed to annually recruiting 30 graduates of the bachelor programme to work at the VAECO during 2018-2022. It will send qualified staff to attend the master programme at the USTH.Trainees of the two programmes will be provided with sufficient studying materials, while European and Vietnamese lecturers as well as programme coordinators will be facilitated travel between Paris (France) and Hanoi during 2018-2023.At the signing … [Read more...] about Vietnam Airlines, university provide aeronautical training
Travel agents say no immediate impacts from pandemicBy Dao Loan - The Saigon Times DailyHCMC – Three days after the World Health Organization announced the global influenza H1N1 pandemic, local travel agents still do not see immediate impacts but say that the bad news is prompting more difficulties for the tourism sector.Most tour operators said they did not see massive canceling of inbound tours, but were afraid that arrivals in the Vo Anh Tai, director of Saigontourist Travel Service Company, told the Daily on Sunday that his company’s foreign partners had not announced any tour cancellations due to the WHO pandemic announcement.“Tourist arrivals to the country have been falling due to the global economic crisis and the low season of the inbound sector,” he said.Tao Van Nghe, general director of the five-star Majestic hotel, shared the viewpoint, but estimated that the number of visitors would fall strongly in the coming time.“Our occupancy is very low. … [Read more...] about Travel agents say no immediate impacts from pandemic
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has uncovered multiple issues regarding the security of passenger information following an inspection into Vietnam's top three airlines. The transport ministry ordered the inspection in October following complaints from passengers who said they had been receiving calls and text messages from taxi companies they'd never used before. A separate police investigation into the issue has also been launched following a request by national carrier Vietnam Airlines. In its report, the CAAV said some of its inspectors also received text messages from taxi companies despite using non-revenue airline employee tickets. Information from these bookings should only be accessible by airline employees, so the CAAV concluded that airline staff were responsible for leaking customer information. Travel agents were also named as a second potential source of the leaks. Some agents were found to have sold customer information to third-party companies who in turn … [Read more...] about Airline employees likely behind customer information leaks to taxi companies: Vietnam aviation authority
Dear Santa, I wonder how you manage to get into Vietnam. Do you use a visa on arrival, booked by your elves? Or did the said elves have to wait in line at a consulate, pay the money and come back two days later? And since you’re on the job, how do you get your work permit so quickly? Mind you, Santa, you can get the visa faster in Cambodia than in Malaysia. Singapore is the most expensive embassy I’ve visited so far and the Australian Consulate has the smallest waiting area. Good thing you don’t have to travel overland, Moc Bai Border Gate is suffocating in the heat with nowhere to sit while waiting and Lao Bao Border Gate is a nice walk down the hill and back again from where the bus stops. And there’s no food stalls for reindeer, poor things. I wonder if customs will try to stop you at the border for sack inspection, ask for a detailed list of goods and recommend a good broker on your behalf when you’re accused of bringing in second-hand goods. … [Read more...] about Eek! Santa’s coming to Vietnam!
Jet Airways launches India-Vietnam serviceLe Anh By Le Anh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Jet Airways has extended its daily service to HCMC from Bangkok to offer air connections between Vietnam and its hubs in Delhi and Mumbai in India. The new service was launched less than one month after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Jet Airways and Vietnam Airlines in mid-September. Under the agreement, the two carriers operate and jointly promote direct air services. As scheduled, Jet Airways’ Flight 9W 063 takes off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 6:15 p.m. and arrives in Delhi at 11:59 p.m. (local time). On the return, the carrier’s Flight 9W 064 departs from Indira Gandhi International Airport at 8:55 a.m. and lands on Tan Son Nhat Airport at 5:15 p.m. For the guests wanting to travel to Mumbai, Jet Airways provides connecting Flight 9W 067 which leaves Bangkok at 9:35 p.m. … [Read more...] about Jet Airways launches India-Vietnam service