For the first 11 months of the year, the northern province of Quang Ninh's tourism turnover reached more than VND4 trillion (US$190 million), a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent.
The province said that nearly 6.5 million visitors had visited the province, up by 6 per cent over the same period last year. Of that number, more than 2.2 million were foreigners, an annual increase of 6 per cent.
In November, the province welcomed more than 510,000 visitors, including nearly 450,000 foreigners.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
Long An proves a popular business choice
In the first 11 months of the year, the southern province of Long An granted business licences to 32 new companies. The total volume of companies in the province has increased to 299. Of that number, 119 are foreign-invested companies.
Dau Tu (Investment Review)
Ha Noi spends $35m on vocational training
Ha Noi authorities have decided to spend VND740 billion ($35 million) on six vocational training and job projects in the city. Initially, the city's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department will focus on 19 key careers that meet the national and regional standards.
During this first stage, the province will support four careers with the main aim of increasing the volume of trained labours to 55 per cent by 2015. In addition, the city will establish vocational training centres in Ba Vi, My Duc, Phuc Tho and Quoc Oai districts.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Tra Vinh to build ethnic resident school
The People's Committee of the southern province of Tra Vinh will invest more than VND122 billion ($5.8 million) to build a boarding school for local ethnic minorities in Cau Ngang District.
To be completed by 2016, the school will be located on an area of nearly 30,000sq.m, with two two-storey school buildings and a sport complex as well as a residential complex.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
HCM City approves urban planning projects
HCM City's People's Committee has approved urban planning projects for Nha Be District, District 10 and Binh Thanh District. Trade and services are slated to be the key sectors in District 10. Under the plan, Binh Thanh District would be primarily for accommodations, trade and services, tourism, industry and clean handicrafts. Nha Be District would be used as a land fund to serve the city's development.
The city has also approved a planning project for Binh Chanh District through 2020. The district will be a transport and technological infrastructure hub for the city's west and southwest regions.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)