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Quang Ninh reopens certain tourist sites as Covid-19 under control

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Passengers wait at a boarding gate of the Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province before the recent Covid-19 outbreak. The province has reopened some tourist sites after the recent resurgence of the coronavirus – PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC – After a long time of closure due to the resurgence of Covid-19, tourists from other parts of the country can now travel to the northern province of Quang Ninh as the provincial government has reopened a number of tourist sites, including the picturesque Halong Bay, but certain restrictions apply.

According to a decision on the resumption of some socioeconomic activities in the province, the provincial government required that all people traveling from Covid-19-hit areas to the province must be placed under quarantine at centralized centers and cover all fees incurred during the quarantine period. Meanwhile, those from other localities will just have to make health declarations.

Tourists on cruise ships visiting Halong Bay must not exceed half of their capacity, while those on cruise ships offering overnight stays in the bay, which are allowed to serve at their full capacity, must not hold large gatherings in public places in the province.

Conventions, seminars, wedding parties and cultural and sports events have also been allowed but anti-virus measures must be applied. Cinemas, karaoke and massage parlors, and bars will continue to remain shut.

The province has yet to allow the resumption of interprovincial passenger transport services but has permitted vehicles transporting workers, cargo and materials for production with sufficient documents on the cargo’s origin, people’s identification and health declarations.

The provincial government assigned the Department of Health to coordinate with the Department of Transport and other relevant agencies to review the pandemic prevention and control process at the Van Don International Airport.

At a recent meeting with the Government and the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control, Quang Ninh Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Hanh said the province would spend at least VND500 billion buying Covid-19 vaccines for local residents. To have the amount, the province will cut 10% of regular expenditures, minimize funds for asset purchases, meetings, training courses and visits, and mobilize money from other sources.

The Covid-19 outbreak has heavily hit the province’s tourism sector. In the first quarter of the year, Quang Ninh welcomed only 700,000 tourists, well below the target of 3.6 million.

In related news, Vietnam Airlines has plans to resume flights to the Van Don International Airport from today, March 3. Until March 17, the airline will operate a flight per week on Wednesdays to the airport.

From March 18 to December 31, the frequency will be raised to three flights a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Flights will depart from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC at 1 p.m. and from Van Don at 3:45 p.m.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80768/quang-ninh-reopens-certain-tourist-sites-as-covid-19-under-control.html

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Danang suspends BRT project due to its ineffectiveness

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A BRT bus is seen at a bus station in Hanoi. The government of Danang City has decided to suspend its BRT project as the investment in the project has yet to bring about social advantages for the coastal central city – PHOTO: TPO

HCMC – The government of Danang City has decided to suspend its bus rapid transit (BRT) project as the investment in the project has yet to bring about social advantages for the coastal central city.

Huynh Anh Vu, deputy director of the Danang City Management Board of Prioritized Infrastructure Investment Projects, which is the project’s developer and operator, confirmed that the management board had reached a consensus with the World Bank, which serves as the lender of the project, on its suspension.

Instead, the management board will focus on completing works related to the development of subsidized bus routes in the city, Vu said, as reported by Lao Dong newspaper.

The decision is considered as the right move as the city’s transport infrastructure system still remains inadequate and measures taken to encourage the use of public means of transport among local residents have not proved effective.

The move was strongly backed by the locals and some of them cited the examples of other localities where trillions of dong were poured into BRT projects but they had failed to address traffic congestion and caused losses to the State budget.

In 2013, the Government approved a master project to develop Danang sustainably with five components: improving the rainwater and drainage system, piloting the BRT system, developing key urban roads, enhancing the capacity and supporting the execution of projects and works transferred from prioritized infrastructure investment projects.

The master project was expected to be completed in June this year, but it has been 84% complete to date with US$185 million spent. Specifically, the BRT project has been 33% complete, while the remaining components have basically been finalized.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/81444/danang-suspends-brt-project-due-to-its-ineffectiveness.html

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Some coastal hotels report full occupancy as tourists are on the rise

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Tourists play outdoor games at a resort. Many hotels in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have reported full occupancy as the number of tourists is on the rise – PHOTO: LDO

HCMC – Many hotels in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have reported full occupancy as the number of tourists is on the rise, though the holidays of April 30 and May 1 are still a while away, signaling good news for the tourism sector.

Nguyen Van Tuan, manager of Long Hai Hotel in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, told Lao Dong Online that over the past one year, the hotel saw few guests and its highest occupancy rate at a mere 20%. However, for some days last week, the number of tourists who booked rooms at the hotel surged, with the occupancy rate at 90%.

For April 17 and 18, the hotel is fully booked, and it is the first time since the coronavirus pandemic that the hotel is seeing some 100 rooms in total fully booked, Tuan said, adding that the hotel was fully booked three weeks ago for the Reunification Day, April 30.

Last weekend, many guests fully booked rooms at Vietsovpetro Ho Tram, said a representative of the resort.

Many hotels at sea tourist destinations near HCMC such as Ho Tram, Long Hai, Vung Tau and Mui Ne are seeing the number of guests soar on weekends.

Do Van Thuc, deputy director of Dat Viet Tour, said that the firm had received rising tour bookings on weekends.

Recently, Dat Viet Tour has been seeing an average 1,500 guests book weekend tours to the sea each week, some 200 kilometers from HCMC, he said.

Apart from this, since March, when the coronavirus outbreak was brought under control in Vietnam, Alo Limo, a transport firm, has become busier on weekends, said Le Gia Thanh Tam, a representative of Alo Limo.

Over the past few weeks, each week has seen some 10-15 groups of tourists book limousines for their trips, mainly to Dalat, Phan Thiet and Vung Tau, Tam said.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/81445/some-coastal-hotels-report-full-occupancy-as-tourists-are-on-the-rise.html

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Q2 Thao Dien welcomes residents with full amenities

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Q2 Thao Dien is developed by Frasers Property Vietnam and An Duong Thao Dien Real Estate Trade Joint Stock Company, the project will be ready for handover by the end of April 2021. All apartments, office and commercial areas are completed and ready to welcome owners and businesses to move in.

High-end amenities at Q2 Thao Dien.

“Receiving homes with full amenities and service without waiting for a long time is a privilege offered to residents only at Q2 Thao Dien. A new home furnished with high-end amenities gives residents a fulfilled experience and absolute satisfaction”, said Representatives of Frasers Property Vietnam.

Just a-few-steps away from the apartment complex is the premium and stylish [email protected] office tower with a modern design, open space, high ceilings, and gorgeous river views. This architecture gives tenants space to create a unique and inspiring duplex workspace design. This tower is also fully equipped with meeting and event rooms, training/ education areas, coffee space, and professional management services. With numerous outstanding appeals, [email protected] meets the demands of an ideal working space for businesses, especially, a trend of workspace decentralisation to move from the central business districts to nearby dynamic areas.

Q2Terrace is now filled with famous brands, includes Annam Gourmet Market, Dinh Phong – The Butcher & Seafood, Wayne’s Coffee, Peekaboo Café, and Beer Studio, which will also be a place to dine, to meet and to shop, for professionals working at the [email protected]
 

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/81441/q2-thao-dien-welcomes-residents-with-full-amenities.html

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