Da Nang received 235,000 foreign and domestic visitors last year, 33 per cent higher than 2010, according to the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The city earned more than VND4.6 trillion (US$219million) from tourism last year, 48 per cent more than 2010, according to figures released at a meeting on Tuesday held by the department to review tourism activities. Da Nang has 57 projects in the tourism sector, with total investment capital of more than US$3 billion.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Off-season rains damage harvests
Thousands of hectares of rice in many border districts in Long An Province in the Mekong Delta were damaged by heavy off-season rains that occurred in many southern provinces in recent days. In Tan Hung District, more than 1,400ha of rice were damaged by the rains, causing losses estimated at VND5 billion (more than $238,000) to farmers, according to Tran Tan Tai, head of the district's Agriculture and Rural Development Office.
Out-of-season rains in Chau Duc District in Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province also damaged more than 100 tonnes of cassava slices that local farmers were drying in the sun. The rainy season usually starts in May in southern provinces, but this year rain has occurred for the past week in many regions.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Quang Ngai needs to develop rural areas
Quang Ngai Province in the central region has proposed that it receive State funding totalling VND350 billion (US$16.6 million) to carry out its national programme to build new rural areas in 2012.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Rural workers receive vocational training
The Mekong Delta province of An Giang will offer vocational training for 31,000 rural workers this year. Most of the training will be for work in making handicrafts, welding and diesel-engine repair.
Tin Tuc (News)
Steel consumption falls 60% in January
Consumption of steel in January dropped by nearly 60 per cent to only 233,000 tonnes against the previous month, according to the Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA). Nearly 400,000 tonnes of finished steel and more than 500,000 tonnes of steel ingots are now stored in warehouses of manufacturers around the country. VSA predicted that steel consumption this month would still be low because many construction projects had not started.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times)