Business in vietnam, hotels, vietnam travel, tours: 2011

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.

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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”./

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.

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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

Tradition may be destroyed in coastal commune

 A dozen traditional houses in Giao Hai Commune, Nam Dinh Province, currently stand in a ruined state, but the local administration has been struggling to find sufficient funds to restore them.

The coastal commune, 160km south of Ha Noi, is famous for its 1940s-era boi houses, which have clay walls and roofs layered with thick sedge.

Modern homes have been slowly replacing them over the last two decades, and there are now only 13 boi houses left.
To form the roof of a boi house, layers of sedge are woven together and tightened by rattan fibres until they reach one to two metres in thickness.
Every year freshly harvested sedge is added to repair the roof, which droops over the house in the shape of a mushroom.
Tran Van Thinh, 75, who owns the oldest house in the commune, said it would take a large sum of money to restore his house.
"I've been living here since I was born. The house was built by my father and it still stands, but frankly I cannot not save enough money to repair it," Thinh said.
He added that the timber structure of the house was on the verge of collapse, held up by wooden supports he had added to the foundations. The clay walls had crumbled due to rain and termites, and he had been forced to replace them with brick.
"I farm a small piece of land, which produces enough food to sustain me. My children have settled into their own lives, so I may have to give up the house and build a new one," he sadly confided.
The father of seven said the local administration had encouraged him to retain the house intact, but he lacked the funds for a satisfactory restoration.
"The authorities want to preserve traditional architecture, but we are short of money," said the cultural section head of the communal People's Committee, Tran Van Huyen.
With a population of 7,000 and an average per-capita income of VND11.3 million (US$500), the province earns only VND300 million ($14,000) annually.
"We have yet to find a financial mechanism to save the old houses before they collapse," Huyen said.
Cultural researcher Tran Lam Bien said these houses need sponsorship from businesses rather than from the Government.
"These houses are not cultural relics, so they cannot receive State funding. The local administration should raise money from businesses or solicit support from the provincial department of culture, sports and tourism," Bien said in a phone interview.
"The local administration has to survey the status of these houses and make their restoration a priority."
Tran Thi Tuong, owner of a traditional house built in 1942, said the timber structure of her home had become rotten over the past five years.
"Wooden beams and girders have been worm-eaten for a long time, and the roof is laid by thatch rather than sedge. People here don't plant sedge anymore," Tuong complained.
"It would take at least VND20 million to repair the main structure and walls, and that's a lot of money for farmers."
The 70-year-old woman still works making fish sauce, but she manages to save only a little money each day for her seven-member family.
The 120-year-old commune supports itself by farming rice and fishing, but 11.4 per cent of the population earns only $20 per month.
Last year, the commune began a new initiative to attract tourists.
The local authorities began offering a tour for $21 per person, which included entry into the old houses, a demonstration of fish sauce making, a performance of traditional Cheo opera, and a chance to walk on stilts. But the commune's tourism board confirmed that only 200 tourists visited the area last year.
"Local people expect to see a portion of the profits from tourism, but we haven't seen an influx of visitors because the service has not yet been promoted," Huyen explained.
"I hope that an increase in tourism will help improve the commune's economic situation, and that we will soon have enough money to rescue the houses."
The local administration has not yet contacted international organisations to seek funding for a restoration project.
Source VNE