Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Dinh Viet Thang, said it would take at least two more years for airlines to open direct routes to the US due to various issues. Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Dinh Viet Thang The problem was discussed at the conference about sustainable development for the aviation industry held by the Ministry of Transport on December 11. The US is a large market with huge potential. However, Thang said they would have to meet many requirements to open direct routes. Vietnam and the US signed an agreement in 2003 in which the two countries could launch one direct flight a day or go through two or three transit points via a third country (except Japan) in order to reach the US. In early 2019 Vietnam was officially granted Category 1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With this status, Vietnamese air carriers will be able to open direct air routes to the US. Noi Bai and Tan San Nhat airports have also … [Read more...] about Direct air route to the US will not be opened soon
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The upcoming National Reunification Day - May Day holiday (April 30-May 1) this year falls right after the weekend, so most people will have four whole days off work, prompting many families to either go back to their hometowns for a family reunion or travel to kick off the summer. Out of seats Having expected the rocketing demand for travel in the long holiday, transport providers tried to expand their services to prepare, but the situation is close to breaking point. Saigon Station Director Do Quang Van told the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper on April 26 that the station increased the number of trains by 30 percent, or 13,000 seats to the same period last year. However, trains running from HCM City to tourist destinations like Phan Thiet, Nha Trang or Quy Nhon on April 27 and 28 had only few dozens seats left as of April 26. Hanoi Station was in no better condition. A quick check on the online ticket selling site of the Vietnam Railways showed that four out of five trains … [Read more...] about National transport strains under holiday rush
Infrastructure Controversial ideas floated on aviation infrastructure development By Ngoc Lan Friday, Dec 13, 2019,10:54 (GMT+7) Controversial ideas floated on aviation infrastructure developmentBy Ngoc Lan A Vietnam Airlines aircraft is parked at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC. Airlines have claimed that poor infrastructure and the lack of slots for aircraft have negatively affected their development plans and threatened flight security – PHOTO: ANH QUAN HANOI - Airlines have claimed that poor infrastructure and the lack of slots for aircraft have negatively affected their development plans and threatened flight security, though service providers and infrastructure management bodies contend that everything is under control. Leaders of the two main airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air, echoed similar views of the difficulties they face as the infrastructure is not aligned with the local aviation … [Read more...] about Controversial ideas floated on aviation infrastructure development
Sleeping in a coffin, acting as a dog or pig for one day, and pouring fish sauce or egg yolk on their mother’s head are just some of the "shocking, unique and strange" ideas that local YouTubers have recently come up with to attract viewers. But such ridiculous stuff attracts huge numbers of views and comments, even becoming trending videos, generating money from YouTube ads for their creators. Like other social networks, the world’s most popular video-sharing platform uses complex artificial intelligence to track users’ digital history and recommend content to keep them hooked, and sells this information to advertisers who seek to target potential customers. Channels that attract 4,000 views and 1,000 subscribers within a year can be monetized through ads. In Vietnam, YouTube pays content creators $0.3-0.5 for 1,000 ad views. Even content that attracts negative comments serves their creators’ purpose of increasing views, at least until it violates the law or … [Read more...] about Sensation equals surveillance, lucre on social media
The revenue generated from inbound tourism has not been commensurate to the tourism potential. At a symposium of the second Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit 2019 held in Hanoi on Monday, many experts and business executives in the field listed some reasons why foreign tourists are not opening their wallets in Vietnam. According to Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ngo Hoai Chung, the sector has witnessed a rapid growth in the number of international holidaymakers, however, they spend less in Vietnam compared to other Southeast Asian countries due to the shortage of tourism products and services. Tourism services are not diversified and attractive enough to meet the demand for entertainment, shopping and experience of international visitors. Other issues relating to the environment, human resources, application of information technology and infrastructure at tourist sites were also mentioned as the reasons preventing the tourism industry from generating … [Read more...] about Why foreign tourists hesitate to spend big in Vietnam?