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Thua Thien Hue invest more than 50 trillion VND for tourism projects

The central province of Thua Thien – Hue has so far attracted 43 projects in tourism with total investment of more than 50 trillion VND.
The local authorities said that these projects helped upgrade tourism infrastructure and improve tourism services and products, contributing to developing tourism potential in the former imperial city of Hue , which was recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1993.
The central coastal province expects to receive 2.5-3 million visitors by 2015, earning more than 3 trillion VND and contributing to 47-48 percent of its gross domestic product.

Source: VN+

The in ternational arrivals in 10 months in 2011

International visitors to Vietnam in October estimated 518,477 arrivals, increasing by 17.8% over the same period last year. Total international arrivals in 10 months reached 4,830,604  representing a 15.8% growth over the same period of 2010.



Ước tính
tháng 10/2011
10 tháng năm 2011
Tháng 10/2011 so
với tháng
trước (%)
Tháng 10/2011
so với tháng
10/2010 (%)
10 tháng 2011 so với cùng kỳ 2010 (%)
Total
518,477
4,830,604
180.9
117.8
115.8
By means of transportation
By air
445,612
4,045,439
213.6
124.6
120.8
By sea
1,500
30,194
74.6
33.3
71.9
By road
71,365
754,982
93.9
91.5
96.6
By purposes of trips
Tourism
313,069
2,916,832
181.1
121.1
111.9
Business
86,305
804,096
180.8
100.1
95.3
Visiting relatives
86,830
808,991
1802
189.4
171.9
Others
32,273
300,685
181.2
65.1
119.3
By countries and territories
China
145,564
1,124,976
210.9
151.8
145.8
South Korea
47,888
428,751
204.2
122.2
106.0
Japan
41,906
385,661
154.5
111.1
108.5
USA
32,371
361,304
194.9
97.5
100.9
Cambodia
38,795
341,088
164.6
141.2
156.9
Taiwan
29,804
295,772
193.3
108.2
105.9
Australia
25,023
235,575
219.9
107.7
103.0
Malaysia
18,548
186,712
130.3
107.1
111.7
France
12,806
169,050
175.1
97.5
105.3
Thailand
15,280
143,682
141.0
78.5
79.3
Others
110,492
1,158,033
163.3
104.3
110.5

Ha long bay become one of the new 7 wonders of the world


Ha Long Bay of Vietnam has become one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, according to preliminary voting results. This information was released on the website of the organisation NewOpenWorld early on Nov. 12.
According to the preliminary results, the other winners include Amazon jungle in Southern America, Iguazu falls of Argentina, Jeju Island of the Republic of Korea, Komodo national park of Indonesia, Puerto Princesa Underground River of the Philippines, and Table mountain of South Africa.
The official results will be announced at a ceremony scheduled to be held in Switzerland in early 2012.
Ha Long Bay was recognised twice by the UNESCO as World Natural Heritage for its landscape and geographical value.
The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. It has a 120 kilometre coastline and is approximately 1,553 square kilometres in size, with some 1,969 islets.

Source: Vietnam

Annual Vietnam Film Festival from Dec 14-17 is expected to attract 108 films of 30 cinema center


 
 Source: TT & VH
On November 9, 2011, the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a press conference to announce Vietnam Film Festival 2011.
The 17th annual Vietnam Film Festival, scheduled for Phu Yen province from December 14-17, is expected to attract 108 films of 30 cinema centres and about 1000 delegates who are famous artists, managers and film directors across the country.
The representatives from the organising board include Mrs. Ngo Phuong Lan, the Vice-head of Cinema Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr. Phan Dinh Phung, the Director of the Hanoi city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Five categories of movies, videos, documentaries, scientific films and animations will be screened during the event.
This 17th Vietnam Film Festival will have the slogan “For Innovative and Integrative Vietnamese Cinematography”./
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The UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit has been successful

The highly-successful UNWTO & World Travel Market (WTM) Ministers’ Summit is to have a sister event in 2012 – the UNWTO and Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Forum which will take place during the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (30 April – 3 May 2012).
The UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market 2011, the leading global event for the travel sector, is the fifth consecutive edition of this unique event for the world’s tourism ministers to discuss the state of the sector and agree on common strategies to address on-going challenges.
It is now a firm fixture on the tourism ministers’ calendar, with up to 200 ministers and senior aides attending the 2011 UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit discussing issues such as the impact of fiscal consolidation on tourism in Europe or the future of travel in the Middle East and North Africa.
The UNWTO & ATM Forum at the Arabian Travel Market on Monday 30 April 2012, will play a similar role in bringing together the leaders of the region for the increasingly important Middle Eastern travel and tourism sector.
Reed Travel Exhibitions’ Group Exhibition Director, Mark Walsh, said:  “The growth in tourism arrivals since the turn of the century means a forum of this kind is essential for both tourism ministers and the private sector to discuss future possibilities. As the premier travel trade exhibition for the region, ATM is the only place to host such an event.”
The Middle East has been one of the fastest growing tourism regions this last decade. International tourist arrivals grew from 24 million in 2000 to more than 60 million in 2010, generating as much as US $50 billion in export earnings for the destinations in the region.
UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, said: “In spite of current challenges, prospects in the Middle East continue to be very positive in the long-term, as shown by the new UNWTO forecast Tourism Towards 2030 as well as by the projects of infrastructure, airline expansion and hotel capacity in the pipeline for the region.”
The conclusions from the UNWTO & ATM event on The Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa, taking place at WTM on Wednesday 9 November will set the agenda for the first UNWTO & ATM Forum next May.

Source: UNWTO

Xoan singing will become a world intangible cultural heritage

                                               

Vietnam ’s Xoan singing will be one of the 23 heritages to be put for recognition as a world intangible cultural heritage at the 6th Session of the UNESCO Intergovernmetnal Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritages to be held in Bali , Indonesia from November 22-29.
The information was released by Cecile Duvelle, Chief of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), at a press conference during the 36 th meeting of the UNESCO General Assembly in Paris on November 8.
Cecile Duvelle affirmed that Vietnam sees a great possibility for success as Xoan singing meets all the five compulsory criteria.
Vietnam has been fully aware of the importance of preserving and promoting the country’s intangible cultural heritages, she said.
The country has mobilised excellent experts for working on a dossier of Xoan singing to be submitted to UNESCO for recognition as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of Urgent Protection”, she added.
Xoan singing, a vocal art of villages in the ancestral land of Phu Tho , is usually performed in front of the communal house during the village festivals in the spring. Based on legends and historical, archeological and social records, researchers say that Xoan singing first appeared a long time ago, from the time when the Hung Kings established the nation.
In the face of Xoan singing falling into oblivion, since August 2009, Phu Tho province coordinated with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and UNESCO in organising workshops on this form of art and the submission of a dossier of Xoan singing for UNESCO recognition as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage in need of Urgent Protection”.

Source: Dtinews

Suspending a short story collection of young writer Nguyen Vinh Nguyen because of its obscene content


 The HCM City Department of Information and Communications has suspended a short story collection by young writer Nguyen Vinh Nguyen for its obscene content.




The book cover.


Nguyen’s “Looking at the crowd below,” with 13 short stories, was published in April by Phuong Nam Book Company and the Writers’ Association Publishing House.

The department also imposed VND7.5 million (US$370) of fine on Phuong Nam Book for publishing the book. 

The decision was announced on November 2 and the book will be revoked within 10 days. The department said Phuong Nam Book could petition the penalty within 90 days but the petition “would not affect the suspension.”

The book will be removed from the shelves because it “spreads obscene lifestyle which is contrary to Vietnam’s customs and habit,” according to the decision of the HCM City Department of Information and Communications, signed by chief inspector Tran Thi Ngoc Huong.

Writer Nguyen Vinh Nguyen said it was necessary to have a professional board to judge his book. Without a prestige board, other books will be victims of injustice, he added.

Writer Ta Duy Anh, who edited the book, said: “I think this is a healthy book. There is no problem with its content. It is groundless to say that the book is obscene. This book is even worthy for receiving the Vietnamese Writers’ Association Award.”

He said that the Vietnamese Writers’ Association Award will meet with writers and critics in Hanoi on November 8 to evaluate the book before raising its voice over the case. “We must make it clear, otherwise nobody dares to publish books,” Ta Duy Anh said.

Critic Pham Xuan Nguyen questioned that this book was published in April and since then the book had not been criticized for obscene context, so what are the grounds for the HCM City Department of Information and Communications to withdraw it from the shelves?


Writer Nguyen Vinh Nguyen.

Poet Nguyen Huu Minh said that the book writes a lot about sex but sex is a normal act of human being, like eating and sleeping, so it does not break customs and habits.

Some other writers said Nguyen’s book is quite creative and worthy to read. Some others said it is a little blue but the book is not obscene to be suspended.

Recently, “Hitman with a wounded, swollen head” which was published last month by Nha Nam Books Company and illustrated by artist Thanh Phong, has also been removed from shelves because of its abuse of slang. This is a difficult task since the books have come to many readers.

However, many readers said that such cases only make readers to be more curious and flock to buy these books.
Source VNE