According to U.S. Department of State, Viet Nam is graded as the safest group which has the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk.The Travel Advisory Levels helps travellers to assure their own safety when travelling internationally by dividing destined countries into four levels. The levels for safety and security risk are varied from the highest risk-level 4: “Do not travel” to the lowest-level 1: “Exercise normal precautions”./. By Son Ha … [Read more...] about U.S. rates Viet Nam among safest countries to visit
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Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh (R) and U.S. former Secretary of State John Kerry, Ha Noi, January 10, 2018 - Photo: VGP/Hai Minh At the reception, the two sides praised the positive and practical progress in the comprehensive partnership over the past time. The host leader praised the contributions of the guest for the better bilateral ties. Deputy PM Minh said Viet Nam attaches importance and priority to the ties with the US in the fields of energy, education, environment, climate change response and water resources protection for sustainable socio-economic development. In reply, Mr. John Kerry revealed that his working visit to Viet Nam was on January 10-11, vowed to continue fostering Viet Nam – US ties.He said Viet Nam holds potential of developing clean and renewable energy in the form of public-private partnership, adding that he is willing to support Viet Nam in the field via connecting the country with potential … [Read more...] about DPM receives U.S. former Secretary of State
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed that Vietnam has actively launched agreements reached by the Vietnamese and U.S. leaders, including balancing the bilateral trade turnover. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink, Hanoi, December 26, 2017 The PM made that statement at his reception for newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink on December 26 in Hanoi. The Government leader hailed contributions of Mr. Daniel Kritenbrink to the two nations’ relationship when the Ambassador was the Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. PM Phuc suggested the two sides enhance trade exchanges to bring benefits to their people, expecting the Ambassador to promote high-ranking delegation exchanges and ask the U.S. Government to address issues proposed by the Vietnamese side. The Vietnamese Government will make efforts in cooperation with the U.S. to strengthen their Comprehensive Partnership, he … [Read more...] about PM receives newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador
Travel and tourism industries in the United States have faced major challenges over recent years. From the global financial crisis and volcanic ash over Europe, to oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and floods in Tennessee, travel has taken more than its share of hits. But tour operators are still optimistic about the future, and are making multiple efforts to restart and rebuild the inbound markets, according to speakers at the International Pow Wow 2010, the U.S. travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of visits to the country. "I'm rather optimistic as I talk to many people around the trade show floor about what's going on this first quarter, and what people are looking at for next year and the year after," U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said during the three-day trade show that ended on Wednesday. Inbound travel to the United States declined by 5.3 percent in 2009 from a year earlier, while the world's entire international … [Read more...] about U.S. tourism industry makes multi-efforts to woo int’l visitors
The Republic of Korea's Rural Development Administration (RDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently agreed to expand cooperative research into nutrition and healthy food, at a joint workshop at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland on July 16 and 17. Edward B. Knipling, administrator of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, expressed his appreciation to the RDA representatives for their visit and said the meeting was a great opportunity to revitalize RDA-ARS Virtual Laboratory (RAVL), a joint research program begun in 2004. Source: Korea.net … [Read more...] about Korea, U.S. cooperate on nutrition research, globalization of Korean Food
The first group of Americans to tour Cuba under new, more liberal U.S. travel regulations have been greeted by hugs, handshakes and a welcoming Cuban government, according to a trip organizer.The 30 travelers are pioneers in a new era of "people-to-people" exchanges the Obama administration approved in January to "enhance the free flow of information" to Cubans and over the objections of those who favor a hardline against the communist government.About 30 to 35 travel groups are believed to have obtained licenses so far under the new regulations, which reinstate rules put in place by President Bill Clinton in 1999, but revoked by his successor, President George W. Bush in 2003.The first group of travelers have been to orphanages, medical facilities, art museums, music performances and tobacco farms and have walked the streets of Old Havana in a first taste of the forbidden fruit that Cuba has been for five decades under the U.S. trade embargo against the country.Their reactions, said … [Read more...] about First Americans in Cuba under easier U.S. travel rules
Tourists from China and South Korea are continuing to buoy New Zealand's tourism industry during periods of the economic downturn, the Chilean volcano ash cloud and Christchurch earthquakes, figures from the Ministry of Economic Development show. And Chinese tourists could soon spend more in New Zealand than U.S. tourists, New Zealand tourism chiefs said. Spending by international visitors fell by 6.5 percent to 5.6 billion NZ dollars (4.67 billion U.S. dollars) in the year ending June, according to the International Visitors' Survey, the first by the ministry to fully cover the events of Christchurch and Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano. The drop in spending was consistent with the previous survey covering the year to March, said the ministry's tourism research and evaluation manager, Peter Ellis. "Spending by international tourists has been dropping for over a year even though the number arriving remains pretty constant," said Ellis. "One significant reason tourists are … [Read more...] about Chinese tourists set to overtake U.S. visitors in NZ spending
Schwab to advise local firms to boost trade links with U.S.By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times DailyHCMC - Former U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab is on her way back to Vietnam to give local businesses advice on how to step up exports to the U.S. and expand trade links with partners in America and other major markets.The important points of Schwab’s upcoming trip were clarified by Anna Nguyen, president and chief executive officer of Link Work Unlimited International Event, which is organizing the trip, at a news briefing in HCMC on In addition to meetings with Government officials, Nguyen said Schwab would spend much of her time chairing international conferences in Hanoi on December 1 and in HCMC two days later.Schwab will point out measures for Vietnamese exporters to spur their sales to the U.S. and other major markets without having to face trade lawsuits and barriers, and the opportunities for market penetration and expansion in the context of global economic slump.She is … [Read more...] about Schwab to advise local firms to boost trade links with U.S.
Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges. A view of the U.S. and Cuban flags prior to the signing of agreements between the Port of Cleveland and the Cuban Maritime authorities in Havana, Cuba, October 6, 2017 Relations between the former Cold War foes became strained after Donald Trump became the U.S. President, partially reversing the thaw seen during Barack Obama's presidency.In September, after allegations of incidents affecting the health of its diplomats in Havana, the U.S. administration reduced its embassy to a skeleton staff, resulting in the suspension of almost all visa processing."The Cuban delegation expressed deep concern over the negative impact that the unilateral, unfounded and politically motivated decisions adopted by the U.S. government ... have on migration relations between … [Read more...] about Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families
By Binh Nguyen - The SaigonTimes Daily HCMC - U.S.scientists and professors have been in Vietnamfor almost 10 days to interview and select candidates for the 2012 FellowshipProgram in the U.S.,organized by the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). The VEF, which is an initiative of the U.S. Congress, saidup to 45 new fellows would be selected from 76 qualified finalists that the U.S. scientists and professors had interviewedbefore they complete their Vietnamvisit on Friday as planned for this oral exams as well as presentations atVietnamese universities and institutes. Lynne A. McNamara, executive director of the VEF, toldreporters in HCMC that the new fellows would begin graduate programs in thefields of sciences, engineering, mathematics, medicine and technology at topresearch universities and institutions in the U.S. in autumn next year. Over the past years, the VEF Fellowship Program has placed385 Vietnamese fellows at 82 top U.S. graduate institutions, mostlyfor doctoral degrees. … [Read more...] about VEF seeks candidates for fellowship programs in U.S.