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A new pedestrian mall in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 will open to foot traffic on December 17. Vehicle-free at night, the street is expected to become a popular spot.

At a length of over 100 metres, the Ky Dai Quang Trung pedestrian mall will feature over 50 stalls and shops from 6pm to 11pm daily. On the nights it was opened on a trial basis, it attracted both local people and visitors.

The most attractive quality of the pedestrian mall is that it has over 30 food stalls selling traditional dishes from the south of Vietnam that tickle the taste buds of visitors.

Though COVID-19 has been largely brought under control in Vietnam, the management board of the Ky Dai Quang Trung pedestrian mall has still imposed strict prevention measures.

The Ky Dai Quang Trung pedestrian mall will officially open to the public on December 17 and is expected to become a new hotspot in Ho Chi Minh City./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/new-pedestrian-mall-to-become-new-hotspot-in-hcm-city-697837.html

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Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau

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With the spectacular view of the flower field, people living in So Luon Village, Muong Sang Commune, Moc Chau District, Son La Province have a peaceful and picturesque life.

Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
So Luon Village in Muong Sang Commune (Moc Chau District, Son La Province) is a peaceful place with a picturesque view from above. (Photo: Vietnam+)
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
This is a seemingly endless field of canola. (Photo: Vietnam+)
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
The field of canola is divided into different block with vibrant colours and even more when seen from above. (Photo: Vietnam+)
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
The white and yellow canola flower intertwined, creating beautiful picture. (Photo: Vietnam+)
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
The view is breath-taking for visitors. (Photo: Vietnam+)
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
The seemingly endless flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau. (Photo: Vietnam+)
Breath-taking flower field in So Luon, Moc Chau
The winding road leading to So Luon Village. (Photo: Vietnam+)

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/breath-taking-flower-field-in-so-luon-moc-chau-706760.html

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Hanoi’s tourism lost $3.6 billion in 2020 amid Covid-19 crisis

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Hanoi received 8.65 million travelers in 2020, just 30 percent of the figure in 2019. Losses were estimated at $3.6 billion.

Hanoi’s tourism lost $3.6 billion in 2020 amid Covid-19 crisis

The city aims to attract 15.34 million domestic travelers in 2021

A report from the Hanoi Tourism Department released on January 20 showed a sharp fall in the number of travelers to the capital city in 2020 because of Covid-19.

The total of 8.65 million travelers included 1.11 million foreign travelers, a 84 percent decrease from 2019, and 7.54 million domestic travelers, a 65 percent decrease.

Hotels in Hanoi suffered heavily from the two Covid-19 outbreaks, especially 3-5-star hotels as there were no foreign guests.

According to the Hanoi Tourism Department, 950 out of 3,587 hotels in Hanoi had to suspend operation. The room occupancy rate of 1-5 star hotels was about 30 percent, a decrease of 38 percent compared with 2019.

Around 1,307 travel firms in Hanoi provide both international and domestic travel services. The sharp fall in number of travelers led to 90 percent of travel firms closing or suspending operations.

Since January 2020, 159 firms providing inbound tours and eight firms providing domestic tours have had their licenses revoked.

Thanks to two domestic demand stimulus campaigns, Hanoi’s tourism prospered in May, June and July. However, because of the second outbreak, there was nearly no activity in late July, August and early September.

Travel activities had to be reactivated later, while travel firms faced financial, market and workforce problems.

Hanoi decided that the tourism sector should focus on developing the domestic market in 2021 and prepare to receive foreign travelers when conditions permit.

Hanoi has considered three scenarios for tourism development in 2021.

The city aims to attract 15.34 million domestic travelers, equal to 70 percent of 2019 and double the figure on 2020. It hopes that tourism service facilities and hotels will reopen with an occupancy rate of over 45 percent.

At present, 18 hotels in Hanoi serve as quarantine sites for specialists and investors returning to Vietnam, and flight crews.

Hanoi’s Vice Mayor Nguyen Manh Quyen has asked the tourism department to deploy new solutions to exploit the great potential of Hanoi.

Hanoi plans to organize many big events and tourism festivals in 2021, including the Tourism Demand Stimulus Festival, Ao Dai Festival, Food Festival and events on the occasion of SEA Games 31.

The festivals are expected to be organized annually.

Hanoi also needs to pay attention to building groups of tourism products to stimulate demand, strengthen links between tourism firms and related businesses, and run tourism promotion programs in key cities and provinces. 

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/hanoi-s-tourism-lost-3-6-billion-in-2020-amid-covid-19-crisis-707605.html

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HCM City to pedestrianise Turtle Lake area

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The authorities in HCM City’s District 3 have planned to pedestrianise the Turtle Lake area which will open from 7 pm to 11 pm during the weekends.

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The central area will be Turtle Lake, the event and entertainment venue on Pham Ngoc Thach Street, exhibition venue on Vo Van Tan Street and the food stall section on Tran Cao Van Street.

According to District 3 People’s Committee, travel demand through the Turtle Lake area is not high. When the area is pedestrianised during the weekends, drivers can use other streets like Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Pasteur, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Hai Ba Trung.

The Ministry of Construction is cleaning the Turtle Lake, repairing the flower beds and lighting system. The pavements will be repaired with new granite stone to improve the scenery. District 3 authorities will also place more trees and flowers and seating. The lighting system will be able to change colours and the benches and stalls will be made from environmentally-friendly materials.

District 3 authorities also asked the city authorities to invest in the new pedestrianised area into two phases. In the first phase, they will focus on repairing the lake before Tet and ensure order and safety for the pedestrians during Tet. In the second phase, they will fully renovate the area. The funding will come from the state budget and the private sector.

HCM City has pedestrianised Nguyen Hue and Bui Vien streets. The 670m Nguyen Hue Street was pedestrianised in 2015 and become the first pedestrianised area in Vietnam during the weekends. The 400m Bui Vien Street was pedestrianised two years later. It is often frequented by foreign visitors.

The area around Quang Trung Statue was also recently pedestrianised in District 10. Dtinews

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/travel/hcm-city-to-pedestrianise-turtle-lake-area-707607.html

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