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Phu Quoc to inoculate entire population in bid to revive tourism

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The resort island Phu Quoc in southern Vietnam is planning to fully vaccinate its residents against COVID-19 by September to welcome the year-end foreign tourism surge, as part of a vaccine passport pilot programme.

Phu Quoc to inoculate entire population in bid to revive tourism hinh anh 1Gam Ghi Islet of Phu Quoc (Photo from the Vietnam National Adminstration of Tourism)

Kien Giang – The resort island Phu Quoc in southern Vietnam
is planning to fully vaccinate its residents against COVID-19 by September to
welcome the year-end foreign tourism surge, as part of a vaccine passport pilot
programme.

During a health ministry meeting with Kien Giang province’s leaders on COVID-19
prevention and control and vaccine passport pilot implementation in Phu Quoc
island city on June 26, Mai Van Huynh, Deputy Secretary of the Kien Giang Party
Committee, said the plan is to carry out the first phase of vaccination in July
and the second phase in September – with total time needed of about 16-18
weeks.

According to Huynh, it is estimated that 220,000 doses would be needed to fully
inoculate the entire population of Phu Quoc. The budget reserved for the doses
would be 29.3 billion VND (approx. 1.27 million USD) if the AstraZeneca
COVID-19 vaccine were to be used, or 40.3 billion VND (approx. 1.749 million
USD) if the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were to be used.

The vaccination plan will be immediately carried out once the vaccines are
delivered, he said.

Fully-vaccinated Russian tourists, which made up a large part of the visitors
to Phu Quoc pre-pandemic, would be the first to be welcomed to the island in a
“closed tourism model”, where they would stay at a resort and
movements are restricted. The model will be reviewed and tourists from other
countries with high coverage of COVID-19 vaccine could then be allowed in as
well.

The reopening to foreign tourism however necessitates enhancing medical
capacity for the city when healthcare infrastructure here remains limited, in
order to ensure safety and health for residents and tourists.

Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen proposed setting up two centres for
treating seriously-ill COVID-19 patients in Kien Giang – one at the provincial
General Hospital and one on Phu Quoc island.

Tuyen wants all involved agencies to work with the local authorities to build a
plan on vaccine passports to submit to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh for
review before July 15.

Previously, the Government Office sent a document to the Ministry of Health and
the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ordering “rapid” study
and piloting of a ‘vaccine passport’ mechanism for foreign arrivals to some
popular tourism destinations where COVID-19 outbreaks could be contained such
as Phu Quoc island.

The health ministry is asked to build plan on inoculating the residents –
including children – to reach herd immunity within a detailed roadmap, before
the vaccine passport can be implemented.

Tourism is the mainstay of Phu Quoc‘s economy. In 2020, tourists to the island
dropped 30.6 percent compared to 2019, with international tourists plunging
even further – 76.1 percent – due to border closures./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/phu-quoc-to-inoculate-entire-population-in-bid-to-revive-tourism/203710.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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