Saturday, June 16, 2012

TRAVEL IN BRIEF 15/6 | Look At Vietnam


June 16, 2012
Resort earns second Agoda award
The five-star Furama Resort Da Nang was awarded the Agoda Gold Circle Award on Monday. It’s the second time in a row that the resort has won the award, which was introduced in 2009 by the worldwide travel bookings company Agoda.
The Da Nang-based luxury resort was among 381 hotels worldwide to receive the award.
Da Nang holds tour promotion
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The tourism promotion centre of the central city of Da Nang is holding a nine-day tourism promotion programme during June 22-30 at East Sea Park and My Khe Beach, featuring street music, folk music performances, bar tender contest, triathlon race, swimming competitions and beach football.
My Khe will also host parasailing and painting contests for children. During the programme, the city’s travel agencies will also promote their tours around the city as well as the nearby cities of Hoi An and Hue.
Phu Quoc named eco-tourism centre
Kien Giang Province’s tourism development strategy for 2011-20 seeks to develop Phu Quoc Island into an eco-tourism centre.
The island is set to welcome 1-1.2 million visitors per year by 2015, with foreign tourists accounting for 35 per cent, and earn US$209 million from it.

The island, which offers exploration, ecological, and cultural tourism, is hoping to attract travellers from markets like Northeast Asia, North America, Western Europe, and ASEAN.
Chinese tour firms spur price war
Many Chinese travel agencies bringing tourists to Viet Nam via the Huu Nghi Border Gate in Lang Son Province are forcing local
partners to lower tour prices.

The price of a four-day trip to Viet Nam has been forced down from 500 yuan to 300 yuan (VND1 million), forcing a drop in the quality of services. Local tour operators are complaining about this, saying it affects the image of Viet Nam as a tourism destination.
From the Huu Nghi Border Gate, Chinese tourists are usually taken to Ha Noi, Hai Phong, and Quang Ninh. These tours have recently been expanded to take in the central region.
China is the biggest source of tourist arrivals for Viet Nam with more than 1.4 million coming last year. Chinese tourists can enter Viet Nam using passports or laissez-passers via the inland border gates in Lang Son and Lao Cai or by sea.
Agencies promote travel services

Travel agencies from Da Nang, Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces launched a tourism promotion programme last week at the International Tourism Forum in Yaroslavl, Russia, where representatives from the central region provinces provided travel and tour information to 900 Russian travel agencies.
The Vietnamese travel agencies will continue the promotion programme at the Leisure Tourism Fair in Russia in September.
New resort to open in Da Nang City
The international standard InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is set to open its doors to the public this weekend.
Featuring 200 rooms, the resort is situated on an area of 250ha at 500m above sea level on Son Tra peninsula in Da Nang City.

The resort’s managing board is also offering cuisine parties every night to serve tourists during the summer holidays.
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