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Berlin seeks to attract more Vietnamese tourists

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Berlin’s tourism authorities are organizing many promotional activities in Ho Chi Minh City to attract more Vietnamese tourists to the German city following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tourism industry in Ho Chi Minh City as well as in Germany is recovering strongly after the pandemic, Raff Ostendorf, director of market development at VisitBerlin, a Berlin tourism promotion organization, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

In the first six months of 2022, Berlin welcomed 4.36 million visitors, who stayed in the city for a total of 11.15 million nights, Ostendorf elaborated.

The return of visitors to Berlin is a good sign for the tourism recovery, he continued, adding that the number of holiday-makers from over the world, including Vietnam, to the German city is expected to surge in the coming time.

Aside from the strong relationship between Vietnam and Germany, the opening of a direct flight route between the two countries will further promote the tourism development and economic cooperation of both sides.

After two years of the pandemic, Berlin remains among the most attractive destinations in the world, thanks to its cultural diversity, unique landscape, and especially the stunning and creative architecture of local hotels, Ostendorf explained.

As of May this year, the city had offered about 715 accommodation establishments for tourists.

Local authorities have organized a series of cultural projects and new attractions, as well as many monthly events and festivals.

In 2024, the city will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with many activities to welcome domestic and international visitors.

To create favorable conditions for Vietnamese visitors, visa procedures are being simplified with a review time of seven to 14 days, the German Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City stated.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, many European cities are looking for ways to attract Vietnamese tourists after the pandemic thanks to the huge potential from this market.

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Two Vietnamese-American actors nominated for Oscar 2023

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The 2023 Oscar nomination list has honored two Vietnamese-born actors, Quan Ke Huy and Hong Chau, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday evening (local time).  

Quan Ke Huy, also known as Jonathan Ke Quan, 52, won the Best Supporting Actor nomination for a movie in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ which has so far gained 11 Oscar nominations, marking a milestone for the representation of Asia in the world’s film industry.

The movie is a 2022 American absurdist comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In the film, Quan Ke Huy successfully plays Waymond Wang, the gentle and quirky husband of the female lead Evelyn Quan played by Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, a Malaysian actress.

Born in a Chinese-Vietnamese family in 1971 in Saigon, the old name of Ho Chi Minh City, Huy and his relatives left Vietnam for the U.S. to settle down there when he was seven.

Huy has been known for appearing in the second episode of the Indiana Jones series – one of the very famous movie franchises in the 1980s in Hollywood.

On January 11, Huy won the gold trophy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards in California (the U.S.) also as the best supporting actor, surpassing even American actor Brad Pitt.

Meanwhile, the nomination for the Best Supporting Actress went to Hong Chau, a 43-year-old Vietnamese-American actress, for her role in the film ‘The Whale.’

Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy
Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy

Chau grew up in New Orleans, the U.S., and studied film & television at Boston University before pursuing an acting career.

The actress started her artistic career in 2006 and participated in various works such as Driveways, American Woman, Watchmen, and Homecoming, among others.

Her performance in the movie ‘The Whale’ with Brendan Fraser, an American-Canadian actor, received positive feedback from experts and audiences. 

The movie is a 2022 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Samuel D. Hunter, based on his 2012 play of the same name.

She left a strong impression in the audience when she transforms into a nurse, also a friend trying to save the life of her obese friend, played by Brendan Fraser, or at least keep his life stable.

In 2017, Hong Chau was expected by many to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for her supporting role in the well-known movie ‘Downsizing,’ but she suddenly was not named at the last minute.

As making up for her, Chau was honored by Variety magazine in the list of 10 Actresses to Watch in the same year.

The 95th Oscar award ceremony will take place in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the U.S., on March 12.

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The 2023 Oscar nomination list has honored two Vietnamese-born actors, Quan Ke Huy and Hong Chau, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday evening (local time).  

Quan Ke Huy, also known as Jonathan Ke Quan, 52, won the Best Supporting Actor nomination for a movie in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ which has so far gained 11 Oscar nominations, marking a milestone for the representation of Asia in the world’s film industry.

The movie is a 2022 American absurdist comedy-drama film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

In the film, Quan Ke Huy successfully plays Waymond Wang, the gentle and quirky husband of the female lead Evelyn Quan played by Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, a Malaysian actress.

Born in a Chinese-Vietnamese family in 1971 in Saigon, the old name of Ho Chi Minh City, Huy and his relatives left Vietnam for the U.S. to settle down there when he was seven.

Huy has been known for appearing in the second episode of the Indiana Jones series – one of the very famous movie franchises in the 1980s in Hollywood.

On January 11, Huy won the gold trophy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards in California (the U.S.) also as the best supporting actor, surpassing even American actor Brad Pitt.

Meanwhile, the nomination for the Best Supporting Actress went to Hong Chau, a 43-year-old Vietnamese-American actress, for her role in the film ‘The Whale.’

Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy
Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau. Photo: Amwy

Chau grew up in New Orleans, the U.S., and studied film & television at Boston University before pursuing an acting career.

The actress started her artistic career in 2006 and participated in various works such as Driveways, American Woman, Watchmen, and Homecoming, among others.

Her performance in the movie ‘The Whale’ with Brendan Fraser, an American-Canadian actor, received positive feedback from experts and audiences. 

The movie is a 2022 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Samuel D. Hunter, based on his 2012 play of the same name.

She left a strong impression in the audience when she transforms into a nurse, also a friend trying to save the life of her obese friend, played by Brendan Fraser, or at least keep his life stable.

In 2017, Hong Chau was expected by many to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for her supporting role in the well-known movie ‘Downsizing,’ but she suddenly was not named at the last minute.

As making up for her, Chau was honored by Variety magazine in the list of 10 Actresses to Watch in the same year.

The 95th Oscar award ceremony will take place in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the U.S., on March 12.

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Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa welcomes 431,800 visitors during Tet holiday

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Vietnam’s south-central Khanh Hoa Province, home to the popular Nha Trang beach city, welcomed about 431,800 visitors from January 21 to 24, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

Among them, 151,800 visitors, including 11,300 international and 140,500 domestic visitors, stayed at local accommodation establishments, up 231.76 percent year on year.

The occupancy rate of accommodation facilities is about 77.45 percent.

From January 21 to 24, an average of 35 domestic flights and 15 international flights arrived at Cam Ranh International Airports in Khanh Hoa Province.

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Aside from international tourists from South Korea, Russia, and Kazakhstan, Khanh Hoa welcomed visitors from China on charters flights operated by Vietjet Air.

About 15 trains also arrived in the province on a daily basis during this period.

Due to the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 accommodation establishments with over 6,000 rooms, mostly small-scale, temporarily shut down during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday.

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

On Tuesday, the third day of the 2023 lunar year, about 3,900 tourists, 85 percent of whom were international visitors, came to the Nha Trang tourist wharf for trips to islands within Nha Trang Bay, said Tran Van Phu, head of the tourist wharf management unit.

Visitors mainly went on tours to visit Mun Islet, Tam Islet, and Coral Bay, Phu elaborated.

According to Tran Minh Duc, deputy director of Long Phu Tourism JSC, tours to islands in Nha Trang could not reach the full potential due to the rainy and cold weather on the first days of the Lunar New Year.

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Vietnam’s south-central Khanh Hoa Province, home to the popular Nha Trang beach city, welcomed about 431,800 visitors from January 21 to 24, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

Among them, 151,800 visitors, including 11,300 international and 140,500 domestic visitors, stayed at local accommodation establishments, up 231.76 percent year on year.

The occupancy rate of accommodation facilities is about 77.45 percent.

From January 21 to 24, an average of 35 domestic flights and 15 international flights arrived at Cam Ranh International Airports in Khanh Hoa Province.

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Chinese tourists arrive in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, January 23, 2022. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Aside from international tourists from South Korea, Russia, and Kazakhstan, Khanh Hoa welcomed visitors from China on charters flights operated by Vietjet Air.

About 15 trains also arrived in the province on a daily basis during this period.

Due to the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 accommodation establishments with over 6,000 rooms, mostly small-scale, temporarily shut down during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday.

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Tourists ride kayaks at Hoa Lan Island in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

On Tuesday, the third day of the 2023 lunar year, about 3,900 tourists, 85 percent of whom were international visitors, came to the Nha Trang tourist wharf for trips to islands within Nha Trang Bay, said Tran Van Phu, head of the tourist wharf management unit.

Visitors mainly went on tours to visit Mun Islet, Tam Islet, and Coral Bay, Phu elaborated.

According to Tran Minh Duc, deputy director of Long Phu Tourism JSC, tours to islands in Nha Trang could not reach the full potential due to the rainy and cold weather on the first days of the Lunar New Year.

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Can Tho’s tourism area, buckwheat flower farm crowded on the first day of Lunar New Year

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The Con Son community tourism area and a buckwheat flower farm in Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, received a large number of visitors on Sunday, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, the Con Son community tourism area in Binh Thuy District and the Buckwheat Flower Farm in Cai Rang District attracted crowds of visitors seeking to revel in the festive atmosphere of the new year.

Although tam giac mach (buckwheat) flower is among the most well-known blooms in northern Vietnam’s Ha Giang Loop, this is the first time the wildflower has been successfully planted to attract tourists in southern Vietnam.

A woman in ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) poses for a photo at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
A woman in ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) poses for a photo at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Trinh Van Luan, owner of the Tam Giac Mach Farm, said that the flowers have bloomed after the trial period just in time for Tet holiday.

“We transported the seeds from northwestern Vietnam. The blooming season lasts up to 25 days and is currently at its peak. 

“We are always looking for new tourism products to better serve locals and visitors. It was initially tough to cultivate tam giac mach, but we tried to plant and take care of it,” Luan said.

A child feeds a rabbit at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
A child feeds a rabbit at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Aside from the buckwheat flower blossoms, a miniature island scene drew a large number of children since they could feed bunnies.

The majority of the children who came to the farm were overjoyed because it was their first experience playing with and feeding cute bunnies.

On this occasion, Thanh Tam Garden, located in the Con Son community tourism area, offers guests a brand-new and unique tourism product: catfish performance.

Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

During the performance, the entire school of hundreds of fish will jump or crawl on a board or eat food when they hear the knocking signal.

The creator of this tourism product, Nguyen Thanh Tam, stated that it took him months to train the fish to perform this trick. Further, they must be healthy and of good breeding. 

As a means of maintaining natural aquatic resources, Tam will release the trained fish into the Hau River when they are too large or no longer able to perform tasks.

Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

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The Con Son community tourism area and a buckwheat flower farm in Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, received a large number of visitors on Sunday, the first day of the 2023 Lunar New Year.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, the Con Son community tourism area in Binh Thuy District and the Buckwheat Flower Farm in Cai Rang District attracted crowds of visitors seeking to revel in the festive atmosphere of the new year.

Although tam giac mach (buckwheat) flower is among the most well-known blooms in northern Vietnam’s Ha Giang Loop, this is the first time the wildflower has been successfully planted to attract tourists in southern Vietnam.

A woman in ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) poses for a photo at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
A woman in ‘ao dai’ (Vietnamese traditional dress) poses for a photo at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Trinh Van Luan, owner of the Tam Giac Mach Farm, said that the flowers have bloomed after the trial period just in time for Tet holiday.

“We transported the seeds from northwestern Vietnam. The blooming season lasts up to 25 days and is currently at its peak. 

“We are always looking for new tourism products to better serve locals and visitors. It was initially tough to cultivate tam giac mach, but we tried to plant and take care of it,” Luan said.

A child feeds a rabbit at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
A child feeds a rabbit at the Tam Giac Mach Farm in Cai Rang District, Can Tho City, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

Aside from the buckwheat flower blossoms, a miniature island scene drew a large number of children since they could feed bunnies.

The majority of the children who came to the farm were overjoyed because it was their first experience playing with and feeding cute bunnies.

On this occasion, Thanh Tam Garden, located in the Con Son community tourism area, offers guests a brand-new and unique tourism product: catfish performance.

Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

During the performance, the entire school of hundreds of fish will jump or crawl on a board or eat food when they hear the knocking signal.

The creator of this tourism product, Nguyen Thanh Tam, stated that it took him months to train the fish to perform this trick. Further, they must be healthy and of good breeding. 

As a means of maintaining natural aquatic resources, Tam will release the trained fish into the Hau River when they are too large or no longer able to perform tasks.

Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre
Tourists watch the catfish performance at Con Son community tourism area, Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, on January 22, 2023. Photo: Lan Ngoc / Tuoi Tre

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