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HCMC to promote tourism in international markets

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A dialogue on promoting HCMC’s tourism industry between the city’s leaders and foreign cultural and press officers and reporters residing in Vietnam was held on December 3.

HCMC to promote tourism in international markets

The meeting was part of the activities of the HCMC Tourism Day 2021 that will be held online for the first time from December 4 -25.

Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc said that the city is Vietnam’s economic center and regional hub for trade, service and tourism. Particularly, the tousim sector has contributed about 10-12 percent of the GRDP (Gross Regional Domestic Product) before the pandemic.

The tourism recovery will take off alongside resumption of other sectors and play an important role in solving economic problems. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused heavy damage to most socio-economic sectors in Vietnam in general and HCMC particularly. As of now, the disease has been basically brought under control in the city thanks to vaccination drives and the transition to the new normal state after Covid-19.

Vietnam in general and HCMC in particular have always been on very high alert in Covid-19 prevention and over the Omicron coronavirus variant; continued to carry out researches, worked with other countries under WHO’s guidance to take appropriate response measures to combat the spread of the disease.

In addition, the country has lifted mandatory quarantine for foreign experts, investors, managers, and diplomats entering the country for a short stay. The open policy along with the high rate of vaccination coverage is expected to promote international trading opportunities to help HCMC gradually revive the activities, he stressed.

Omicron variant has not yet been detected in HCMC. The city has continuously conducted inspection to identify new infections, especially imported cases.

Director of the HCMC Department of Tourism Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa said that the People’s Committee of HCMC has proposed the Prime Minister and Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism to approve a pilot plan on receiving international vaccinated visitors to the city within one year from this December.
HCMC has now reached high vaccine coverage.

The city’s healthcare system has been improved and ready for problems arising from the prevention and control of pandemic. The number of severe Covid-19 cases and deaths has continued to decline. In addition, all travel businesses have to strictly comply with Covid-19 epidemic prevention regulations and meet the goal of 100 percent staff vaccinations. With a well-prepared plan, HCMC could meet the safety criteria to implement the pilot plan on receiving international vaccinated visitors, she emphasized.

As part of the promotional activities of the HCMC Tourism Day 2021, the city’s tourism sector has organized city tours visiting Can Gio and Cu Chi districts for groups of international visitors, including foreign cultural and press officers and reporters.

First secretary at the Iranian embassy in Hanoi, Hamind Mosadeghi said that it was the first time that he participated in HCMC-Ben Tre waterway tour visiting the Mekong Delta region and enjoyed a pure and fresh atmosphere after long-term social distancing due to pandemic. He was very interested in local handicraft products and dishes and hoped to organize a trip for his family to visit HCMC and Southern provinces.

Vice consul of the Republic of Vanuatu in HCMC, Tran Manh Dan said that it was very interesting going to Ben Tre Province to enjoy southern amateur music and local specialties.

Source: SGGP

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/hcmc-to-promote-tourism-in-international-markets-798542.html

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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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