VietNamNet Bridge - The Silk Road on the sea exists with the contribution of all coastal countries. The honor of the Road must be based on respect for international law, respect for the independence and sovereignty of related countries, for the sake of peace and stronger friendship between peoples, and should not be mixed with any self-interested purposes. In 2007, Cambodia applied for UNESCO's recognition of world cultural heritage for the Preah Vihear Temple but the proposal was rejected due to a dispute with Thailand, and partly because Thailand objected to this proposal. A year later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand supported Cambodia’s proposal, on June 7, 2008. The World Heritage Committee met in Canada and recognized the Preah Vihear Temple as a world heritage. This decision was made based on the judgment of the International Court of Justice in 1962 recognizing the sovereignty of Cambodia over Preah Vihear Temple. World History records the Silk Road … [Read more...] about China after the oil rig incident: what should Vietnam do?
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Vietnam named among top tourism employers in Asia Pacific By Binh Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Visa Inc. and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have ranked Vietnam in the list of top 10 markets for travel and tourism employment in the region in their joint survey released on Monday. "The top two global markets for travel and tourism employment are China and India with Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand all in the top 10," said Greg Duffel, president and chief executive officer of PATA. The survey does not clarify the number of employees working in the industry in Vietnam. However the Tourism Working Group under the Vietnam Business Forum disclosed this US$4.5-billion industry employed one out of every nine people in the country. The travel and tourism industry was a major employer in nearly every destination in Asia Pacific, Duffel stressed in the statement about the Visa and PATA Asia Pacific travel intentions survey entitled "Determining Travel Preferences in … [Read more...] about Vietnam named among top tourism employers in Asia Pacific
Local firms work on Vietnam-Laos-Thailand tours Vitours: Danang-Hong Kong charter flights fully booked By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Representatives of some 60 domestic tour operators are inspecting destinations in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand for a familiarization trip arranged by Vitours Company Limited and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in preparation for new overland tours. TAT will be responsible for the Thailand leg of the familiarization trip as well as for helping Vietnamese tour operators find their partners during the journey which is scheduled to wrap up on September 24. Dung said almost all the participating tour operators were based in HCMC and Hanoi, and that they would work with Vitours after the trip to develop new package overland tours for sale to travelers, especially locals in the cities and other parts of Vietnam from October this year. Dung estimated the new tours would last seven to eight days, and their prices would range from US$200 to … [Read more...] about Local firms work on Vietnam-Laos-Thailand tours
Vietnam will team up with Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar in a new initiative billed as “Four countries-One destination” to attract more visitors to the increasingly popular Southeast Asian destinations. Leaders of the four nations met in Myanmar on Sunday to discuss ways to promote tourism cooperation and expand ties in the banking sector. The event was attended by Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio, and Deputy Prime Ministers Vu Duc Dam of Vietnam, Sonexay Siphandone of Laos, and Men Sam An of Cambodia, together with tourism and banking officials. The four countries, known as CLMV, are expected to join forces to promote key travel routes and launch new tourism products in order to boost visitor arrivals. Several itineraries have been considered. The Lampang-Nan-Sayabouly-Luang Prabang-Viengxay-Oudomxay-Dien Bien will focus on heritage sites of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Another route, Tien Giang-An Giang-Siem Reap-Phnom Penh, will take tourists along the Mekong … [Read more...] about Vietnam signs up for regional tourism league
PM okays expansion of road to Cambodia The HCMC government has got the Prime Minister’s nod for a plan to call for investment to expand National Highway 22 that runs through the city and Tay Ninh Province and connects to Cambodia under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) form. In December last year, the city government wrote to the Prime Minister seeking approval for the investment plan as National Highway 22 is a major road that connects localities in the Southern Key Economic Zone of Vietnam and some other ASEAN nations but it is narrow. The city said National Highway 22 plays a vital role in fueling economic development in the Southern Key Economic Zone and facilitating cargo transportation from the southeastern and southwestern provinces to Cambodia and other ASEAN nations through Moc Bai border gate in Tay Ninh Province. Therefore, it is urgent to upgrade and expand the highway. The Prime Minister told HCMC to closely work with the Ministry of Transport, Tay Ninh and relevant … [Read more...] about Social News 23/2