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HCM City travel agencies offer 200 discounted tours as part of stimulus programme

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 Many artists are supporting the launch of the Áo Dài Festival in HCM City. — Photo courtesy of nld.com.vn

HCM CITY — About 100 travel agencies in HCM City are taking part in the fourth tourism stimulus programme with nearly 200 discounted products.

HCM City Department of Tourism Director Nguyễn Thị Ánh Hoa said the programme recently kicked off in an effort to help travel agencies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoa said that about 100 travel agencies have agreed to join the programme and are offering tourism products with discounts of 10 to 50 per cent.

In order to encourage people to travel to and within HCM City, many tours have been upgraded or are brand new.

For example, while the Saigontourist Travel Service Company is offering tours to Cần Giờ, Sác Forest and Hàng Dương Market, TST Tourist Company is focusing on the Saigon Water Bus tour, together with tours to Áo Dài Museum or Hi-tech Agricultural Park in Củ Chi District.

The general director of the Saigontourist Travel Service Company, Nguyễn Hữu Y Yên, said the company has collaborated with the HCM City Department of Tourism and the Tourism Association in an association programme that connects HCM City with 13 Mekong Delta Provinces and six provinces in the Southeast region.

A few tours under this programme have been introduced and have received positive feedback from locals.

“Taking advantage of our nationwide system, Saigontourist plans to promote new products to bring more tourists to HCM City. As the city is preparing for the Áo dài Festival, tourists will be able to enjoy the festival,” Yên added.

Meanwhile, the communications director of the TST Tourist Company, Nguyễn Minh Mẫn, said the stimulus programme tours would spark demand and eventually create a trend in domestic travel. 

The tours will also provide tourists with a chance to experience a vibrant, dynamic and ever-changing HCM City.

The Hop On – Hop Off bus, the river buses and the upcoming metro system are essential to the efficiency of new tours, he added.

High quality products

Many firms have launched quality promotional campaigns to attract more tourists. 

Deputy General Director of Vietravel Tourism Huỳnh Phan Phương Hoàng said the company has introduced many tours at a discount of 50 per cent.

The Southeast region and HCM City are safe tourism destinations and stimulus tours should be carried out to boost sales, she said, adding that tours to Củ Chi, Tây Ninh, Cần Giờ, Vũng Tàu and Côn Đảo are very popular.

Fiditour – Vietluxtour Travel Company has also reduced its tour prices by 10 to 30 per cent. A number of cultural and historical tours between HCM City and provinces in the West and Southeast regions have gained significant attention.

“HCM City has a lot of potential for cultural tourism in different audience segments. The industry needs further quality products to change the perception that HCM City is not just a transit point but also unique tourism spot,” a representative of Fiditour – Vietluxtour Travel said.

“Tourism products offered in HCM City should not always be about affordability but also offer high quality to meet the increasing demand from tourists from other provinces,” Mẫn added. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/803936/hcm-city-travel-agencies-offer-200-discounted-tours-as-part-of-stimulus-programme.html

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Police detain 2 drivers for 3 months to probe apparently intentional crash in southern Vietnam

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Two Vietnamese drivers who were accused of purposely crashing their cars into each other last week in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam will be kept in custody for three more months pending an investigation, a local police official confirmed on Wednesday morning.

The drivers were identified as Nguyen Dinh Ky, a 41-year-old from Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam, and Phan Hoang Bich Tien, 31, a native of Dong Nai Province, a neighbor of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Nguyen Dinh Ky, a 41-year-old from Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam, who drove the Lexus in the intentional car collision, is seen at the police station. Photo: Xuan Truong / Tien Phong

Nguyen Dinh Ky, a 41-year-old from Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam, who drove a Lexus in an allegedly intentional car collision, is seen at the police station. Photo: Xuan Truong / Tien Phong

Phan Hoang Bich Tien, a 31-year-old native of Dong Nai Province, the driver of the VinFast in the car crash, is seen at the police station. Photo: Xuan Truong / Tien Phong

Phan Hoang Bich Tien, a 31-year-old native of Dong Nai Province, the driver of a VinFast car in the car crash, is seen at the police station. Photo: Xuan Truong / Tien Phong

Police accused these drivers of intentionally crashing their cars into each other due to their conflict.

They were detained pending an investigation into their ‘knowingly destroying each other’s property.’

The supposedly deliberate collision involving a VinFast and a Lexus took place at Nguyen Huu Tho – Nguyen Van Linh Intersection in the province’s Ba Ria City on November 20 evening, according to police.

The VinFast driven by Tien rear-ended the Lexus steered by Ky. After that, Ky turned his Lexus around and crashed head-on into the VinFast twice.

Consequently, the front of the cars were badly damaged.

The city’s police arrived at the scene of the deliberate crash in the same evening and issued an urgent arrest warrant for the two drivers on November 21.

In the following days, police officers extended the detention of the drivers and waited for a car damage assessment report before deciding to keep them in custody for three more months to probe their acts.

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Hue’s immense Chuon Lagoon

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Chuon Lagoon is located in the northeast reaches of Phu An commune in Phu Vang district, approximately 12 km from the downtown area of Hue city in Thua Thien-Hue province. It is a spacious brackish-water lagoon, spanning over 100 hectares, and is part of the Tam Giang Lagoon system, which is known as the largest brackish water lagoon in Southeast Asia.

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Japanese economic expert sees potential surge in Vietnam’s per capita income

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Japanese Professor Fukunari Kimura, chief economist for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), has affirmed that Vietnam is among the most potential nations to shift from a middle-income to high-income economy amid the globalization era.

A report on policy consultancy covering recommendations to help Vietnam become a high-income nation by 2045 was tabled by the ERIA representative during a meeting with Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in Tokyo on Monday.

Vietnam aims to be a developed nation with a high per capita income by 2045, when the country celebrates 100 years of the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Over 20 years is left for the nation to speed up efforts to reach the target.

State President Thuong’s ongoing Japan visit through Thursday is part of Vietnam’s bid to fulfill the goal. 

In a joint statement issued on Monday on the elevation of the Japan-Vietnam relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia and the world, the Japanese side underlined that Japan will keep backing Vietnam’s efforts in 2045.

Japan will provide the Southeast Asian nation with advisory services on policies and resources, as well as the report with over 630 pages called ‘Vietnam 2045.’

Prof. Kimura told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that the report was prepared by several prestigious experts in Japan and Vietnam. They have researched Vietnam’s economic development for ages.

He is co-author of the report’s Chapter 8: ‘New Waves of Digitalization, the Industry 4.0 Era, and Creativity.’

“Vietnam has successfully utilized the driving forces of globalization by accelerating its international economic integration and dealing with challenges to spur industrial development,” said Kimura.

The report includes Vietnam’s achievements, economic status, and future orientations in all fields to offer appropriate recommendations.

Besides, it also encompasses obstacles facing the country during its energy transition and sustainability journey to move toward a comprehensive developed economy.

Professor Fukunari Kimura, chief economist for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Photo: Foreign Press Center Japan

Professor Fukunari Kimura, chief economist for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Photo: Foreign Press Center Japan

Prof. Kimura said that in the past, some countries succeeded in leaping to the high-income level from an upper middle income such as Japan and South Korea.

“However, they had made these great strides before the globalization era in the 1990s,” he said.

Now, to make such a great leap is tough, he added.

The biggest challenge encountering developing nations like Vietnam is not the middle per capita income level, he underscored.

It is the fact that no countries have jumped from an upper middle-income economy to a high-income economy to become a developed nation.

“However, Vietnam is one of the potential nations to do it,” he affirmed.

“We believe that Vietnam can make great strides and prove that it is a typical model of rapid development. Japan is always a friend and partner of Vietnam.”

As part of the top Vietnamese official’s visit to Japan, State President Thuong and his spouse had a meeting with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday (local time).

Speaking at the reception for President Thuong, Emperor Naruhito said that their traditional friendship and cultural similarities have strengthened the Vietnam – Japan ties as well as boosted bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse and other top Vietnamese and Japanese officials savor banh mi, a Vietnamese baguette filled with pate, cold cuts, herbs, cucumber, chili sauce, and pickles. Photo: Nguyen Hong / Tien Phong

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse, and other top Vietnamese and Japanese officials savor ‘banh mi,’ a Vietnamese baguette filled with pate, cold cuts, herbs, cucumber, chili sauce, and pickles. Photo: Nguyen Hong / Tien Phong

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