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New community-based tourist site opens on Hô Islet in Mekong Delta

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The second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week opened on Sunday (October 25) in Trà Vinh Province. – Photo nhandan.com.vn

 HCM CITY — A new community-based tourist site on Cồn Hô (Hô Islet) in the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh has opened as part of an effort to diversify tourism products in the province.

The 22-hectare islet in Càng Long District’s Đức Mỹ Commune on the Cổ Chiên River is ecologically diverse and has many fruit gardens, offering favourable conditions for eco-tourism and exploration of natural landscapes.

Dương Hoàng Sum, director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the islet is home to 24 households with 49 residents who will work together to develop the site and plant flowers and fruits.

Trà Vinh has natural diversity ranging from the delta, orchard gardens, and islets on the Tiền and Hậu rivers to the sea.

It is home to more than 310,000 ethnic Khmer people, accounting for nearly 32 per cent of population in the province.

Ok Om Bok, Sene Dolta and Chol Chnam Thmay festivals are the annual major traditional festivals of the Khmer, with huge potential for development of cultural and spiritual tourism and community-based eco-tourism, Sum said.

An underdeveloped tourism infrastructure and limited tourism marketing and promotion have resulted in sluggish tourism development, he said.

The province will promote new tourism products and build tourist destinations in each district.

Two festivals 

The province released a tourism brand identity at the second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week festival that opened on Sunday. 

The cultural, tourism and cuisine festival is being held concurrently with the Ok Om Bok Festival, also called the Festival of Worshipping the Moon.

The one-week events aim to preserve traditional cultural identities and promote tourism.

A variety of activities are being held, including a tourism and trade fair with more than 370 booths, a Mekong Delta tourism exhibition, a Khmer traditional costume competition, an exhibition of typical Khmer products, folk games, and the Khmer long boat race.

The festivals will run until the end of this month.

The number of tourist arrivals to the province this year has dropped by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. — VNS

Visitors at a trade fair, one of events at the second Culture, Tourism and Southern Cuisine Week festival. VNA/VNS Photo

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/new-community-based-tourist-site-opens-on-ho-islet-in-mekong-delta_319790.html

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Russia waives quarantine requirement for Vietnam visitors

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Russia waives quarantine requirement for Vietnam visitors

A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves stands in front of a flight information board at Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia, June 4, 2020. Photo by Reuters.


The Russian government has listed Vietnam among 48 countries and territories visitors from where are exempt from 14-day quarantine.

They must furnish a negative PCR test for Covid no older than 72 hours before arrival.

They are required to wear a mask in public, including on public transport and in malls.

Other Asian countries in this list include Singapore, South Korea and Japan.

Russia has reported over six million infections and 152,296 deaths.

The highly transmissible Delta variant has become the most prevalent in many countries including Vietnam, where most new cases are linked to it.

Several other countries have been banning and imposing stricter quarantine measures for travelers from Vietnam.

In three months into its fourth wave, the most challenging so far, Vietnam has recorded 83,191 cases.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/russia-waives-quarantine-requirement-for-vietnam-visitors-4329717.html

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Authorities clamour for travel passes

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While a special travel pass and financial bailouts are expected to help airlines in Vietnam come back from the brink, questions over their feasibility remain.

Groups like national carrier Vietnam Airlines are in dire need of supporting policies, Photo: Le Toan
Groups like national carrier Vietnam Airlines are in dire need of supporting policies. Photo: Le Toan

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines last week announced that it would restart international flights to several destinations in Asia and the European Union from July to October to meet the demand among passengers, especially labourers, overseas students, and expatriates.

The move was made following a trial run of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass mobile application on flights from Narita Airport in Japan to the central city of Danang. The app was being made available for use on flights on July 15 and July 23. Vietnam Airlines hopes that the success of the trial will be the foundation for the government to consider wider recognition, thus enabling airlines to resume more cross-border flights.

Like Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet also announced a similar pilot.

However, industry insiders still wonder whether the pass can truly help Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet achieve their goal to shelter from the financial storm.

The northeastern province of Quang Ninh has been piloting a quarantine of seven days for entrants, who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, since July 1.

Previously, international business associations like the Korea Chamber of Business in Vietnam had called for loosened requirements for expats – but now, with the pandemic situation worse than ever in the country, more tightened restrictions are being applied in affected areas, especially Ho Chi Minh City.

Experts said that the IATA Travel Pass is a solution that could take time for airlines to utilise correctly because it depends on the readiness of other countries. But Vietnam is on the right track in preparing for this.

In addition, the airlines’ financial situations are getting worse. According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam Airlines was estimated to have lost VND10 trillion ($435 million) in the first half of 2021 and is at risk of bankruptcy. Moreover, it would appear that total new loans to date have been less than $100 million at a time when quarterly losses are running at double that amount.

Experts said that the progress of financial support has also been slow. Part of the government’s rescue plan that has been approved is the purchase of about VND8 trillion ($348 million) of new equity by State Capital Investment Corporation. However, the latest expectation is that this will not be implemented until the last quarter.

Vietjet and Bamboo Airways are in a similar situation. While the Vietnam Aviation Business Association has proposed a similar refinancing package for them, no signal of approval is on the horizon.

“Airlines need more supporting policies to survive these challenging times, as COVID-19 continues to rage more seriously. Countries have big bailouts to support liquidity and solvency in low-interest loans to help cover the labour costs and pay short-term debts,” Nguyen Tien Lap from law firm NHQuang&Associates told VIR. “And it is not only airlines – other air carriers are also in need of more support.”

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps travellers to store and manage their verified certifications for COVID-19 tests and in future vaccinations. At present, the pass is being trialled by many airlines worldwide, such as those in Singapore, Panama, and Estonia. Meanwhile, over 30 air carriers announced trial runs, including Qatar Airways, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and more.

Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of Airports, Passengers, Cargo, and Security, said, “We look forward to working with Vietjet to trial the IATA Travel Pass and demonstrate that digital health apps can securely, conveniently, and efficiently help manage passenger travel health credentials. This is a positive step forward towards restarting international aviation.”

Source: VIR

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/authorities-clamour-for-travel-passes-759023.html

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Unique gates in Sin Suoi Ho – village of Mong ethnic people

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Sin Suoi Ho is a village of the Mong ethnic group in Lai Chau province. Not only known as a village free of alcohol drinking, smoking, or gambling, it is also renowned for special hand-made gates that can be found nowhere else.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-gates-in-sin-suoi-ho-village-of-mong-ethnic-people/205170.vnp

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