The central province of Khanh Hoa reported tourism revenue of VND2.69 trillion (US$126.5 million) in the first half of the year, an increase of 37 per cent compared to the same period last year. The province attracted 1.65 million visitors, an increase of 22 per cent over the same period last year, and more than 411,200 of them were foreigners, up 32.9 per cent year-on-year.
The Saigon Times Daily
City to crack down on canal polluters
The vice chairman of HCM City People's Committee, Nguyen Huu Tin, has asked the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment to work with agencies and the people's committees of Tan Binh, Tan Phu and Binh Tan districts to investigate reports about environmental violations on Tham Luong canal. The agencies were told to punish any violators and propose solutions to resolve the issue.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
Da Nang GDP reaches $942m in H1
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Da Nang reached VND20.052 trillion (US$942.44 million) in the first half of this year, an increase of 9.13 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The total budget balance of the central city was VND8.742 trillion ($410.87 million), of which it collected VND5.956 trillion ($280 million) and the rest from the central State budget. Total budget spending was VND6.977 trillion ($328 million).
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Vietnam (Vietnam Economic Times)
Mekong Delta to get 3 universities
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a decision to set up three private universities in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, including Mekong University in Long An Province, Dong Bang Song Cuu Long University in Can Tho and Nam Viet University in Soc Trang Province. There are currently 42 universities and 30 vocational schools in the region, according to the Southwest Steering Committee.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Dak Lak exceeds blood donation target
More than 800 trade union volunteers in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on Wednesday participated in a blood donation programme that collected 641 units of blood, 128 per cent of this year's target. The event marks the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Viet Nam Trade Union.
Lao Dong (Labour)