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Small businesses reap rewards from Trump-Kim summit

Update: February, 25/2019 - 16:07
The t-shirts printed with the image of the two leaders together sell better than the shirts with just one. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Businesses in Hà Nội are cashing in on the mania surrounding the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un.

On February 22, Hanoi Red Tours Company launched a promotional programme for tours to the US and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Accordingly, customers will receive discounts of VNĐ2-6 million (US$86 to $258) when purchasing tours to these two countries. In addition, customers will get help with visa procedures.

Customers buy t-shirts featuring Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un on Hàng Bông Street, Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Phương Thảo

According to Hanoi Red Tours’ deputy general director, all guests who register for tours can participate in a quiz on the tourism and local customs of the US and DPRK. Customers will be given vouchers worth VNĐ200,000 to VNĐ5 million depending on how many answers they get right. The best contestant will win a free five-day tour of the DPRK.

At Pizza Home restaurants, from February 22 to 28, some 1,000 free pizzas will be offered to customers named Đỗ Nam Trung – the phonetic transcription of Donald Trump – and customers named Kim Trọng Ân – for Kim Jong Un.

The International Media Centre is ready for the DPRK-USA Summit. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

Customers called Trung, Kim or Ân, or with hairstyles like the two leaders, can also get a pizza for free.

In addition, restaurants in Hà Nội are also adding US and DPRK themed dishes on their menus.

New Durty Burd's burgers,the ‘Durty Donald’ and ‘Kim Jong-Yum’ to capture the spirit of the leaders.— Photo Durty Burd

Durty Burd, a foreign-owned restaurant on Hàng Hành Street, has launched two new types of burgers, the ‘Durty Donald’ and ‘Kim Jong-Yum’ to capture the spirit of the leaders.

Another restaurant owner on Tô Hiến Thành Street has decided to serve North Korean cold noodles (naengmyeon), reportedly a favourite dish of Kim Jong-un.

North Korean cold noodles (naengmyeon), reportedly a favourite dish of Kim Jong-un, have been served at Mr Big Beef Restaurant in Hà Nội.— VNS Photo 

Souvenir shops on Hàng Gai, Hàng Bông and Mã Mây streets have been selling t-shirts with the images of the US President and DPRK leader, as well as the national flags of these two countries.

Meanwhile, a clothing store, opposite the Melia Hanoi Hotel, is dressing mannequins in t-shirts with national flags of the two countries.

A restaurant staff serves a disk that mixes North Korean kimchi with American dried beef. — VNS Photo

The owner of a t-shirt shop at 65 Hàng Bông Street, Trương Thanh Đức, told Việt Nam News that he started to sell t-shirts featuring the two political heavyweights on February 20 and has sold 12 times as many t-shirts compared to normal days. The buyers are 60 per cent Vietnamese and 40 per cent foreigners.

The price for one t-shirt is VNĐ100,000 (US$4.3).

“My staff has been working through the night to produce a large number of t-shirts for this significant occasion. The t-shirts printed with the image of the two leaders together sell better than the shirts with just one,” Đức added.

The shop on 65 Hàng Bông Street has sold 12 times as many t-shirts compared to normal days. — VNS Photo

William Reichert, an American living in Hà Nội, expressed his excitement about the upcoming summit by purchasing a t-shirt with the faces of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

“I bought the shirt to remember this special event. I was surprised by the shop owner’s creativity in making these t-shirts to take advantage of the summit,” Reichert told Việt Nam News. — VNS

 

 

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