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Da Nang to host tourism festival for water sports lovers

Update: March, 05/2005 - 00:00

Travellers Notes


Da Nang to host tourism festival for water sports lovers

Adventurers and thrill-seekers may want to take part in a festival in Da Nang next July. Tourists can join canoe races and water-skiing off the coast of the area’s beautiful beaches. There will also be a cuisine competition and Vietnamese folk games. In addition, the festival will include an exhibition on socio-economic achievements of the city. Local authorities and tourist companies are now preparing for the event which aims to promote tourism.

Large Japanese tour group visits HCM City and southern attractions

A group of some 400 Japanese tourists, who arrived on flights from Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka, were welcomed by the HCMCity-based T&T (Viet Nam) Co on February 15. During their 3-day tour of HCM City, the tourists visited Cu Chi Guerrilla Tunnels, took a boat tour on the Mekong River in Tien Giang Province, and went shopping at Ben Thanh Market. The tour, the largest-ever Japanese group in the city this year, was organised under a contract between T&T and JTB Ltd of Thailand. Nguyen Van Tan, managing director of T&T, said the two companies receive about 2,500 Japanese and 1,200 Taiwanese tourists per month.

Sai Gon Transport Co begins bus route between HCM City, Phnom Penh

Sai Gon Passenger Transportation Co began a bus route linking HCM City and Phnom Penh, Cambodia on March 2, the second link between the two cities so far. Forty-seven seat buses will depart daily at 9am and arrive at 3.30pm. The fare from HCM City is VND145,000 and the return trip is US$9. Ticket agents are located at 500 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3; 309 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1; and 79 Hoa Binh Street, Tan Binh District.

Malaysia lures twice as many travellers from Viet Nam

More Vietnamese travelled to Malaysia in 2004, almost doubling the previous year’s figure, according to Tourism Malaysia. Prior to 2004, the number of Vietnamese visiting Malaysia never exceeded 3,000 per month. But last May 3,030 Vietnamese tourists went to Malaysia, followed by nearly 17,000 Vietnamese visitors to this ASEAN country in the following three months.

April in HCM City will bring major tourism exposition

HCM City Tourism Department will organise an exhibition to promote the city’s tourism services from April 21 to 24. The fair is expected to attract 50 travel agencies, 25 shops, and universities that offer tourism courses. During the event, the city tourism authority will award travel agencies that have provided best services to tourists. The fair also includes a tour guide contest and a selection of impressive guidebooks.

Four cruise ships to call at HCM City, unload 850 tourists

Four cruise ships will dock in HCM City port in March, bringing 850 tourists from different countries. The HCM City-based Saigontourist Service Co says it is well prepared to receive cruise ships and to organise tours for passengers. In a bid to strengthen promotion, Saigontourist will join a theme fair about cruise ship tourism held in the US in mid-March. Also, the company has added new recreational activities into tours designed for cruise-ship tourists. In 2004, tourism numbers by cruise ship in Viet Nam decreased slightly.

Five-star resort in central province given the green light

The provincial authority of Quang Nam has given the go-ahead for a project to build a US$30 million resort in Dien Ban District. The resort will cover 26 ha and will include a 5-star beachfront villa complex with more than 200 guest rooms. With approval from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, work on the project could begin later this year. — VNS

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