The Golden Bridge at Sun World Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, and the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range in Sa Pa were promoted for the first time on December 22 at the world's most renowned public square. Many people stopped and watched the full 60 seconds of the clip and expressed great admiration. Chris (New Jersey) said: "Wow, an incredible bridge. I’ve heard about it a few times over the past few months. I’ve seen it on CNN, BBC... An impressive construction and it’s even more amazing it was built in Vietnam." Vietnam’s most unique bridge has become quite well-known in the U.S. after widespread coverage by major global news agencies since it opened last June. With CNN, the BBC, Reuters, Time magazine and others pulling out all the stops, a steady flow of international tourists is making its way to the Sun World Ba Na Hills, where the bridge is located. The bridge is also a fixture in top news outlets’ annual awards. It has won among others awards for the World's … [Read more...] about Golden Bridge, Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range become Times Square attractions
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
VN wood and furniture firms eye Mexico, Canada Mexico and Canada will be promising markets for Viet Nam’s wood and furniture products when the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) takes effect in early 2019, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh said exports to Canada were worth over US$129 million last year and are expected to top $140 million this year. “The CPTPP will open opportunities for products such as wood flooring and bars to Canada because the market will immediately scrap the import tariff of 3.5 per cent when the agreement comes into effect. “Products such as plywood, picture frames, door frames and especially furniture will also have an opportunity because import tariffs of between 6 per cent and 9.5 per cent will be eliminated as soon as the agreement comes into effect. “Wooden handicrafts will also benefit when Canada agrees to abolish the 7 … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 19/12
Fayfay.com announces strategic partnership with Ho Chi Minh City tourism Hong Kong-based Fayfay.com on December 6 announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Promotion Centre to promote tourism in Vietnam, with a special focus on the city. The MoU was signed by Tran Ngoc Dong Quan, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Promotion Centre, along with Kingston Lai and Kelvin Wu, the co-founders of Fayfay.com, at Bep Nha Luc Tinh Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, in the presence of industry experts and members of the media. “Ho Chi Minh City is an important destination on Fayfay.com and we look forward to partnering with the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Promotion Centre to showcase the city’s vibrant architecture, rich culinary scene, and authentic local experiences,” said Lai. “We believe strategic joint promotional activities with the Tourism Promotion Centre will enable us to leverage our online platform and … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 10/12
Quint Simon, head of Public Policy in Southeast Asia of Amazon Web Services (AWS), last week flew to Vietnam from the US to discuss the potential for Vietnam to develop its own digital economy in the context of Industry 4.0. At a workshop themed “Unlocking the full potential of Vietnam’s digital economy” in Hanoi, she surprised hundreds of participants by citing an AWS study which stated that Vietnam is one of the countries in the world that has the highest rise in expenditure for cloud computing, at 64% per year. AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments. “I believe that Vietnam will soon become a nation with a digital economy. Cloud computing is a favourite in Vietnam where many enterprises are using cloud for their performance,” Simon said, explaining that using cloud means firms can completely protect their information without being stolen. “For example, Amanotes, … [Read more...] about Great potential to help Vietnam realise its digital economy dream