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October, 14 2011 09:35:17

Cruise ships to link Ba Ria, Can Gio

Two boats will be built to connect Phu My Port in Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province with HCM City's outlying district of Can Gio to mainly serve international tourists.

The two place are only 15 minutes apart by boat but have yet to be connected.

The two vessels, each with a capacity of 48 passengers, will be built by local tour operator Viet Excursion and the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve.

Besides, 30 kayaks and other services will also be launched to develop a river tour on Can Gio.

In Can Gio, tourists can move around the biosphere reserve by ship or kayak.

Hoi An to offer free Wi-Fi internet

Visitors to the historic town of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province will be able to surf the internet for free from the end of this year.

According to the Quang Nam Province Department of Information and Communications, the Viet Nam Data Communications Area 3 and Quang Nam Telecom have drafted the plan for setting up a Wi-Fi system in the town.

There will be 350 hotspots in areas around Hoi An where large numbers of people gather.

Ha Noi to host Diwali festival

Diwali or the festival of lights, India's largest festival, will be celebrated in Ha Noi at the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Centre on October 29.

Organised by the Indian Business Chamber in Viet Nam along with the Indian embassy and Indians living in Viet Nam, the event will feature Indian dance and music, fashion shows, and games.

It will also have several stalls selling handicrafts and Indian food.

Tickets ranging from VND99,000 to VND149,000 are available at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Heritage Hotel, 625 De La Thanh.

Viet Nam holds Culture Day in Ukraine

A Viet Nam Culture Day will be celebrated in Ukraine on November 14, the Viet Nam National Administration for Tourism has said.

A direct service to be launched by a Ukrainian carrier later this year is expected to bring a large number of tourists from that country to Viet Nam in future.

An agreement was signed between Vietnam Airlines and the Ukraine-based Aeroxvit Airlines during PM Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to the country last week.

Saigontourist wins top national award

Saigontourist Travel Service Co, which served 320,000 foreign and local customers last year, has been recognised as the country's leading tour operator in 2010 at the Viet Nam Tourism Association's Tourism Awards.

Out of the top 20 tour operators nationwide, 13 were from HCM City with the others being from Ha Noi, Da Nang, Can Tho, and An Giang Province.

The 10 top domestic tour operators included Fiditour, Ben Thanh Tourist, Lua Viet Travel, Youth Tourist, Can Tho Tourist and An Giang Travel.

The top 10 outbound operators were Saigontourist, Ben Thanh Tourist, APEX Viet Nam, Vietnamtourism, Fiditour, Vietravel, Peace Tour, Exotissimo-Cesais, Vitours, and Buffalo Tours. — VNS

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