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The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has called on departments of tourism across the country to nominate candidates for the 2023 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Awards.

Hanoi – The Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has called on departments of tourism across
the country to nominate candidates for the 2023 Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Awards.

According to the VNAT, ASEAN’s ministers have agreed to award
prizes in four categories: ASEAN Homestay Award, ASEAN Community Tourism Award, ASEAN Public Toilet Award and ASEAN Spa Service Award, with each
member country nominating five candidates.

Nominations should be submitted at https://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/post/43349 before October 5.

The awards will be presented at the 2023 ASEAN Tourism Forum slated for January next year in Indonesia, the VNAT said.

The ASEAN Tourism Awards is an annual event that aims to honour
localities and units with high-quality tourism products and services,
contributing to the sustainable development of tourist destinations throughout
the ASEAN region.

This is also an opportunity for tourism businesses and local tourism
organisations to effectively market their tourism business activities and
contribute to promoting the national tourism brand.

At an awards ceremony held in Cambodia in January this year,
20 localities and units of Vietnam were honoured in several categories,
including the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards, the ASEAN MICE Venue Awards, ASEAN
Green Hotel Awards and ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards.

Among them, three localities received the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard, including Ha Long City in Quang Ninh province, Da Lat City in Lam Dong province, and Vung Tau City in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

Pullman Vung Tau Hotel in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, alongside Aristo Hotel in Lao Cai, Flamingo Cat Ba Hotel & Resort in Hai Phong, Silk Path Hue Hotel in Thua Thien-Hue, and Anya Quy Nhon Hotel in Binh Dinh, were given the ASEAN MICE Venue Standard (Category Meeting Room).

Meanwhile, Flamingo Dai Lai in Vinh Phuc, FLC Sam Son – Thanh Hoa, Vinpearl South Hoi An Resort in Quang Nam, Dalat Palace Hotel in Lam Dong, and Pytopia Centre in Phu Yen, were also honoured ASEAN MICE Venue Standard (Category Exhibition Venue).

Furthermore, Minera Hot Spring Binh Chau Resort was given the ASEAN Green Hotel Standard title, together with H’Mong Village in Ha Giang, Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa in Thua Thien-Hue, Amiana in Khanh Hoa, and Can Tho Ecolodge in Can Tho.

The ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards went to Thai Hai Reserve Area of Ecological Houses-on-stilts Ethnic Village in Thai Nguyen province (Rural Category) and Hue city tour – A destination of five heritages of Hue Monuments Conservation Centre (Thua Thien Hue province) (Urban Category).

This year, Vietnam has won 46 awards at the World Travel
Awards 2022 in Asia and the Oceania region, reflecting the country’s tourism sector’s recovery efforts.

Vietnam fully re-opened its tourism on March 15 this year. The country counted nearly 80 million domestic travellers in the first eight months of the year, compared to the pre-pandemic number of 85 million recorded in 2019. The number of international arrivals is increasing by an average 58% a month this year, topping 1.4 million so far./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/entries-invited-to-2023-asean-tourism/237305.vnp

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2.95 million international tourists have visited Việt Nam so far this year

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International visitors enjoy kite skateboarding in Mũi Né in the south-central province of Bình Thuận. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Nearly 597,000 foreigners visited Việt Nam in November, an increase of 23.2 per cent month-on-month and 39.7 times the number of last November.

Việt Nam’s tourism reopening began in earnest with the resumption of international flights in the middle of March this year.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), in the first 11 months of this year, more than 2.95 million international visitors arrived in Việt Nam

The total figure is 21.1 times higher than that of the same period last year, but down 81.9 per cent on 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and still falls short of the 2022 target of five million foreign arrivals.

The number of international tourists travelling to Việt Nam by air accounts for 88.9 per cent; 11.1 per cent came by road, and 0.03 per cent by sea.

Foreign tourists visiting downtown HCM City on xích lô (cyclos). VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Đạt

The majority of tourists, 2.076 million, came from other Asian countries, up 17.5 times compared to the first 11 months of last year. European visitors numbered 415,600 (up 29.8 times); 323,400 came from the Americas (up 67.1 times); 129,700 from Oceania (up 115.7 times), and 9,500 from Africa (up 7.4 times).

The country is estimated to have taken VNĐ536.3 trillion (US$21.6 billion) from accommodation and catering services, up 56.5 per cent year-on-year, while revenue in the travel and tourism industry was estimated at VNĐ22.9 trillion, a 4.1-fold increase compared to that of the same period last year.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism launched an email system, the first of its kind, to promote Vietnamese tourism at https://mail.vietnam.travel.

Tourism authorities earlier this year set out a target of welcoming five million foreign visitors in 2022.

In 2019, Việt Nam’s tourism industry served more than 18 million international visitors and 85 million domestic tourists. However, in 2021, international visitors to Việt Nam only reached 157,300, and the number of domestic tourists was only 40 million. The country’s revenue from tourism last year was VNĐ180 trillion. Travel firms fell into a serious crisis as 90-95 per cent faced severe operational disruption. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/295-million-international-tourists-have-visited-viet-nam-so-far-this-year_339649.html

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Buckwheat Flower Festival becomes tourist icon of Ha Giang

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The Buckwheat Flower Festival has returned for an eighth time in Dong Van district in the northernmost province of Ha Giang, and has become a magnet for tourists from far and wide.

The eighth holding of the Buckwheat Flower Festival is now underway in Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, attracting a large number of both local and foreign visitors.

In preparation for the festival, the locality has grown hundreds of hectares of buckwheat flowers, which are expected to bloom between mid-October and late December.

Visitors can take in a floral road along Đong Van ancient street as well as various folk games of local ethnic minorities, sporting events, and traditional cuisine.

Buckwheat flowers on the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark have become a tourist icon of Ha Giang. Not just used as a traditional food by ethnic minority people, the flowers also bring a poetic beauty to the area, and are a unique feature of the mountainous highlands./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/buckwheat-flower-festival-becomes-tourist-icon-of-ha-giang/244809.vnp

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Rich street food culture celebrated in Coca-Cola campaign

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HCM CITY – Coca-Cola has rolled out its first-ever global meals experience campaign with Việt Nam being the first country in ASEAN & South Pacific to kick-off “COKE® is Cooking”.

The campaign aims to celebrate the rich street food culture and enhance people’s dining experience in many countries across the world.

Locally promoted as ‘Vietnam is Cooking’, the new meals experience leverages on the different passions of consumers, which include music, food, and entertainment, to connect and engage with them on a deeper level. Coca-Cola hosted two food festivals both online and offline – starting with HCM City followed by Hà Nội last October

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Photo Coca-Cola Vietnam

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Việtnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Through the support of our partner foodies and content creators, we were not only able to showcase the best of Vietnamese street food but demonstrated that the real magic is in the co-shared experience of the festivities,” said Nguyễn Lan Yến, Marketing Manager of Coca-Cola Vietnam. 

The company has partnered with Shopee Food and around 700 selected restaurant and retail partners. The beverage brand aspires to reach a total of over 29 million Internet users and around 60,000 people to participate in the Coca-Cola ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ festivities prepared online and in-person activations nationwide. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/rich-street-food-culture-celebrated-in-coca-cola-campaign_339675.html

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