HRC UR2 ROCKERZ Fri 30 Nov, 07 and 14 Dec 2012, 8 pm Hanoi Rock City 27/52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho To start the series of events under the name “UR2” to celebrate Hanoi Rock City turning to 2 years old, we’re having not just 1 or 2 rock shows but 3 will be celebrated every Friday of the week from 30th November. There were many music activities that have been hold in Hanoi in this year: the most joyful rock night, the moments of sublimation, cosiest and the most memorable time. The Hanoi rockers, each one of them, they all have the same belief in only one word “Rock” – the symbol of passion, experiences, sacrifice, loss as well as achievements and union. Especially there’ll be the participation of the famous band as their return the music: ROSEWOOD. It’s also the first time they playing on Hanoi Rock City stage. Don’t miss out this special night. We honour to introduce the series of events: UR2 ROCKERZ! ► Friday … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 15-30 (daily updated)
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InterContinental aims for 10 hotels in Vietnam By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the global leaders in hotel and resort management, is looking to manage at least 10 hotels with different brands in Vietnam, a market which the group's chief executive in Asia Pacific said would have a bright future. Peter Gowers told reporters in HCMC on Tuesday that the number of hotels in the pipeline also included the InterContinental Asiana Saigon which is scheduled for inauguration in HCMC some time in September this year. The group's first hotel in Vietnam, the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake with around 350 rooms, was opened in the capital city of Vietnam in late 2007, when tourism and hotel business recorded double-digit growth in Vietnam. Despite the currently slowing demand for travel prompted by the global economic downturn, Gowers said IHG kept focusing on Vietnam as the group believed in strong growth of this market in the medium and … [Read more...] about InterContinental aims for 10 hotels in Vietnam
Police in Hanoi on Saturday arrested two people for carrying hundreds of methamphetamine pills on a taxi. Doan Van Thieu, 28, and Bui Thi Kim Oanh, 30, told police, who stopped their taxi for a random check around 2:45 am, that they were returning home after visiting some local pagodas as part of their Lunar New Year celebration. When the officers demanded to check their red plastic bag, Oanh said that it was just a “festive bag” carrying lucky food and objects from the pagodas, including a traditional rice dessert and a pocket of salt. Police however found drugs hidden inside the cake and the salt pocket. Some were also concealed inside a camera. The pills had an estimated street value of around VND300 million (US$15,000), police said. The two traffickers told police that they had been hired to transport the drugs by an unidentified person. They claimed that they had not been told where they would deliver the drugs to. Police are investigating into the case. … [Read more...] about 2 arrested in Hanoi for hiding major amount of meth inside festive food
Hanoi Times - Creating Vietnamese cell phone brands is the wish of many people. But the gap between wish and reality is broad. How has Vietnam progressed in this field? Vietnamese mobile phones – more brands Fierce competition in the mobile phone market has forced mobile traders to employ different policies to promote their business. Building up their own brands has been selected by many companies. The profit rate from doing business with a specific brand of mobile phones is remarkably higher than working as a sales agent for Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, etc. That’s the outstanding advantage of developing specific brands. Companies that choose this development policy hope that their cell phone brands, which are multi-function, low cost, can gain a foothold in the cell-phone market. This thinking is sound as the market segment for low-cost cell phones has seen a high growth rate. Few people could tell you the name of the first Vietnamese mobile phone brand, … [Read more...] about What future for Vietnam-made mobile phones?
The Hanoi Times - Traditional crafts, which rely heavily on orders from abroad, have become the latest victims of the global economic meltdown, with workshops being shut down, businesses going bust, and workers losing jobs The collapse of these crafts, which have become intertwined with the life of local people for hundreds of years, is causing repercussions in many villages. Pham Quoc Khanh, chairman of the erstwhile Ha Tay’s Association of Bamboo and Rattan Products, said the industry has suffered a 90 per cent plunge in orders since last year. In Chuong My District, now in Ha Noi, which is noted for its bamboo and rattan products, the long line of container trucks busy loading goods for export is no longer a common sight. The district alone has hundreds of businesses and thousands of households involved in the multi-billion-dollar industry, according to official figures. "Production was sporadic in the last six months before recently coming to a halt," Nguyen Thi Thuy, a … [Read more...] about Global downturn spells disaster for craft villages