The Prime Minister has approved a plan to develop the Moc Chau Tourism Area in the northern mountainous province of Son La by 2020.
Under the plan, the tourism area targets visitors from the Hong (Red) River Delta and Northern midland and mountainous region. Its foreign markets include Western Europe, North America and Northeast and Southeast Asia.
The area is also expected to welcome 1.2 million tourists by 2020, and 3 million by 2030, including 50,000 foreign visitors. Its revenue is targeted at VND1.5 trillion (US$71.4 million) by 2020, and VND6 trillion ($272 million) by 2030.
THOI BAO KINH TE VIET NAM (VIETNAM ECONOMIC TIMES)
MARD expects produce export growth
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said fruit and vegetable exports were expected to reach $1.4 billion for the year.
The biggest importers of Vietnamese fruits and vegetable are China, Japan and South Korea. The export turnover to China is expected to total $321.48 million, a year-on-year increase of nearly 44 per cent.
SAI GON GIAI PHONG (LIBERATED SAI GON)
Da Nang cracks down on touts
The Da Nang's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department, along with authorities in Hai Chau, Thanh Khe and Son Tra Districts, conducted inspections on Thursday in an aim to prevent beggars and street vendors from harassing tourists.
The inspection was carried out at tourist destinations in downtown areas and beaches.
The city will impose severe fines on people who pose as beggars and touts, and those who force children and the disabled to work as beggars. Most violators are from neighbouring provinces, according to authorities.
LAO DONG (LABOUR)
An Giang promotes herb cultivation
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta of An Giang has issued policies to encourage businesses to develop herb and raw-material growing and processing in the That Son (Seven Mountains) Area, where there are about 668 kinds of rare herbs.
The province targets extending the cultivation area of herbs to 2,000 hectares by 2020, and raw materials to 5,000 hectares. It will also promote research on functional food and medicine.
TUOI TRE (YOUTH)