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Hanoi develops plans to attract foreign tourists in new normal

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Hanoi has built a plan to welcome foreign tourists in the new normal, which aims to ensure safety and contribute to the city’s tourism recovery and development, the municipal Department of Tourism announced on April 7.

Hanoi develops plans to attract foreign tourists in new normal hinh anh 1Tourists at Hanoi’s Temple of Literature (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Hanoi has built a plan to welcome foreign tourists in the new normal, which aims to ensure safety and contribute to the city’s tourism recovery and development, the municipal Department of Tourism announced on April 7.

Tourists who travel through tourism programmes must be informed on necessary procedures by travel companies when they learn about tourism programmes. Travel firms need to advise tourists to keep an eye on their health conditions and consider cancelling or delaying their travel if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or have direct contact with the infected.

Besides, the city will bolster tourism promotion activities in key markets with high level of safety in COVID-19 prevention and control, namely European and ASEAN countries, India, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Australia, the US and Canada.

To raise efficiency, the capital city’s tourism sector will boost cooperation with other sectors and localities for safe and substantial tourism development, making sure that tourism activities are resumed in a concerted and consistent manner.

In particular, it will join hands with diplomatic corps and Vietnamese trade offices abroad and international organisations to arrange investment, trade and tourism promotions. The sector at the same time will roll out activities connecting with tourism localities in the northern and central regions, Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces to build programmes serving foreign holidaymakers.

Communications will be promoted to popularise tourist destinations and new tourism products of Hanoi via traditional methods, TV channels at home and abroad, websites and social media sites like Youtube and Facebook, under the themes ‘Hanoi – Travel to Love’ and a safe and attractive tourist destination.

The city will collaborate with embassies and representative offices abroad and the Airport Corporation of Vietnam and carriers to hold tourism promotions at major markets, as well as welcome delegations of foreign reporters and travel agents in Hanoi.

In the coming months, the capital will host an array of events and festivals during and after the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31), notably a tourism festival, cuisine and craft village tourism festival, and Hanoi ao dai festival, and more.

SEA Games 31, themed “For a Stronger South East Asia”, will be held in the capital city of Hanoi and 11 neighbouring provinces and cities from May 12 to 23.

Hanoi is working to improve the quality of tourism products at heritage and relic sites and craft villages and compile introduction in five foreign languages of English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Due attention will also be given to nightlife activities, for new pedestrian zones will be opened around Son Tay ancient citadel; at an urban area in Hoang Mai district; and around Hai Ba Trung district’s Tran Nhan Tong street and surrounding areas, including the bank of Thien Quang Lake. Nightlife tourism products will be created in line with traditional cultural values.

Hanoi reopened its pedestrian spaces in downtown Hoan Kiem district from March 18 after nearly a year of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The area draws an average of around 3,000 – 5,000 visitors during the day and 15,000 -20,000 at night. It spreads over 11 streets which are closed to traffic from Friday night through Sunday mid-night, and is linked to the pedestrian streets in the Old Quarter.

Hanoi authorities will support tourism firms to revive operations and develop human resources, step up digital transformation and information technology application in tourism activities.

The city is going step by step to completely resume tourism activities in 2022 with the aim of welcoming 9 – 10 million tourists, including around 2 million foreigners, according to the municipal People’s Committee.

Hanoi has also set a target of earning 27.84 – 35.84 trillion VND (1.22 – 1.57 billion USD) from tourism.

It is making every effort to keep COVID-19 at bay and accelerate the injection of the third vaccine dose in a bid to better protect its residents against the virus, deemed to be fundamental to the full reopening.

The number of visitors to Hanoi – all are domestic – totalled 4 million last year, plunging about 47 percent from 2020 and just equivalent to 36.3 percent of the yearly plan. Tourism revenue nosedived some 59.8 percent year-on-year to 11.28 trillion VND./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-develops-plans-to-attract-foreign-tourists-in-new-normal/224756.vnp

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Aromatic Duck with Spicy Chilli Sauce

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With Chinese chef Ooi Kar Kim of Pan Pacific Hanoi

chef Ooi Kar Kim

Duck meat is extremely flavourful and nutrient-dense. As one of the latest culinary highlights at Ming Restaurant, Aromatic Duck with Spicy Chili Sauce is specially prepared by chef Ooi Kar Kim of Pan Pacific Hanoi.

The duck is marinated for 24 hours with aromatic herb creating a delightful flavour, and then it is deep-fried making the skin crispy with a robust flavour of spicy chilli sauce, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Aromatic Duck with Spicy Chilli Sauce

 Ingredients:

  • Whole duck: 1 weighing about 2.5kg
  • Chicken powder: 100g
  • Sugar: 100g
  • Salt: 20g
  • Crispy flour: 15g
  • Cooking oil: 450ml
  • Sesame oil: 20ml
  • Lime: 40g

For the aromatic duck sauce:

  • Shallots: 50g
  • Garlic: 20g
  • Ginger: 25g
  • Spring onion: 20g
  • Red chilli: 20g
  • Chilli padi: 50g
  • Light soya sauce: 8ml
  • Dark sauce: 5ml
  • Oyster sauce: 8ml
  • Yellow bean paste: 120g
  • Five-spice powder: 2g
  • Star anise powder, cinnamon stick, clove: a little
  • Cooking wine: 20g

Preparation:

  • Clean the duck stomach and cut into two halves.
  • Chop shallot, garlic, ginger, spring onion, red chilli and chilli padi into fine pieces.
  • Heat the wok, and add a little cooking oil and sesame oil. Sauté all the chopped ingredients until fragrant. Add a little oyster sauce, yellow bean paste, and sugar in and mix well for two minutes. Then add in water, five-spice powder, star anise powder, cinnamon stick and seasoning to taste. Toss all the ingredients well until thickened to get the aromatic duck marinated sauce.
  • Marinate the duck halves with the sauce for at least 24 hours. Steam the duck for about 2 hours, take it out and remove all the duck bones.
  • Cut the shallot, chilli, ginger, garlic, and chilli padi into fine pieces, and blend them well with a blender. Add lime juice and season to taste to have the spicy chilli sauce.
  • Coat the duck halves with crispy flour. Heat the wok, add cooking oil until 160C, and deep-fry the duck pieces until they turn golden in colour.
  • Chop the duck into small pieces, place them on a plate and garnish with some herbs. Serve the dish with the spicy chilli sauce.

You can enjoy the dish and other savoury dishes at the Ming Restaurant in Pan Pacific Hanoi, 1 Thanh Niên Road, Ba Đình District, Hà Nội, Việt Nam, Tel: +84 (0)24 38238888.

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/aromatic-duck-with-spicy-chilli-sauce_336347.html

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Vietnam to host Mekong Tourism Forum in October

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Vietnam is scheduled to host the 2022 Mekong Tourism Forum, themed “Rebuild Tourism, Rebound with Resilience”, from October 9 – 14, the first in-person meeting of the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) destinations since the pandemic began in 2019.

Vietnam to host Mekong Tourism Forum in October hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source: bvhttdl.gov.vn)

Hanoi – Vietnam is scheduled to host the 2022
Mekong Tourism Forum, themed “Rebuild Tourism, Rebound with Resilience”, from
October 9 – 14, the first in-person meeting of the six Greater Mekong Subregion
(GMS) destinations since the pandemic began in 2019.

Gathering public- and private-sector tourism leaders and
experts, the GMS signature forum is set to focus on regional efforts and
cross-sectoral collaboration to foster real action toward rebuilding a more
resilient, inclusive, and sustainable tourism industry.

Trends affecting the sector’s recovery will be discussed,
with speakers touching post-pandemic recovery, digital transformation, localisation
of supply chain, and the social enterprise business model, among other matters.

The event will also feature an exhibition on green tourism
in Vietnam and other GMS nations. It is expected to showcase responsible tourism
products and services, offer visitors hands-on experiences to learn about local
cultures, and connect sides involved in the tourism industry.

First held in 1996, the forum is an annual event for tourism
development and cooperation in the GMS, which comprises Cambodia, China, Laos,
Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-to-host-mekong-tourism-forum-in-october/235490.vnp

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Dak Lak, Hanoi promote tourism connection

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Tourism authorities of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak and capital Hanoi on August 11 held a conference to promote and link their products.

Dak Lak, Hanoi promote tourism connection hinh anh 1A delegation from the Hanoi Tourism Department poses for a group photo during their familiarization trip to Dak Lak from August 10-12 (Photo: VNA)

Dak Lak – Tourism authorities of the Central
Highlands province of Dak Lak and capital Hanoi on August 11 held a conference
to promote and link their products.

Addressing the event, Deputy Director of the Dak Lak Culture,
Sports and Tourism Nguyen Thuy Phuong Hieu highlighted the province’s efforts
to recover the industry, asking Hanoi for advices to help her province
achieve its goal of welcoming 905,000 visitors this year.

Dak Lak is home to 49 ethnic groups, 41 accredited relics
and the gong culture – a UNESCO world cultural heritage. It also houses 228
lodging facilities and a convenient transport system.

Phung Xuan Khanh, director of the Hanoi-based Tien Phong
travel company, recommended Dak Lak to pay more attention to improving the
quality of its tourism products.

Nguyen Quoc Long, director of the Unitour Hanoi, said people
from the capital are interested in the Central Highlands culture when visiting
Dak Lak, hence a need for the province to develop products imbued with cultural identity. Such development requires coordination from related managing
agencies, associations, and businesses, he added.

Trinh Xuan Tung, head of the travel management office at the
Hanoi Tourism Department, noted Dak Lak boasts potential for tourists to
experience the culture and landscapes, go sightseeing, and conduct research./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/dak-lak-hanoi-promote-tourism-connection/235465.vnp

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