North to south, cities post solid tourism data (22-12-2006) Tourists boat on the Cai Rang River in Can Tho city. The provincial Tourism Department reports Can Tho welcomed 1.4 million visitors in 2006, a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent. — VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong HA NOI — Ha Noi welcomed 5.9 million tourists this year, a year-on-year increase of 11 per cent, estimated the municipal tourism department. Foreign tourists accounted for 1.1 million of the figure, up one per cent from last year and representing 92 per cent of the full year’s target, while tourism revenue increased to VND13.95 trillion ($870 million), a 26.8 per cent rise. The department attributed the slow growth rate in foreign tourism to reduction in Chinese tourists, down 21 per cent from last year. On the other hand, the number of arrivals from the US surged 10.7 per cent, from Germany, 13.44 per cent, and from Thailand, 128.4 per cent. Tourist visits from northern European countries … [Read more...] about North to south, cities post solid tourism data
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HCM City will receive around 288,000 foreign visitors this month for a year-on-year increase of 15 per cent. City authorities said February is a special month because of the Lunar New Year festival that brings many overseas Vietnamese home for family reunions. The city also saw 2 million visitors flocking to local entertainment venues such as the Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park, Dam Sen Cultural Park and the Zoological Garden. Ha Noi welcomes Spring with festivals following Tet holiday On February 19, thousands of Hanoians and tourists gathered to celebrate several festivals held after the main Tet (Lunar New Year) in Ha Noi. The Co Loa Festival took place in Dong Anh District with a very formal ceremony carrying incense to the Thuong Temple for paying tribute to King An Duong Vuong, the founder of the ancient kingdom of Au Lac and an ancestor of the Vietnamese people. In Soc Son District, the Giong Festival at Soc Temple also attracted a crowd. The event was in honour of Saint Giong, … [Read more...] about Foreign visitor numbers to HCM City tipped to increase
DA NANG — A nine-day artistic photo exhibition, entitled Nhip Thoi Gian (Rhythm of Time), will open at Da Nang's general science library on Thursday, said artist Phan Ngoc Hoi. The show will display 122 works selected from Hoi's photos, which he has taken over more than 30 years. It will have four themes: Lich Su Trong Long Toi (The History in My Heart); Da Nang, Tinh Yeu Va Noi Nho (Da Nang, Love and Nostalgia); Dat Nuoc (The Country); and The Gioi Qua Ong Kinh Ngoc Hoi (The World through Ngoc Hoi's Lens). The subjects respectively describe the Party and State leaders' activities during important events in the life of Da Nang Province, images of a developing Da Nang City, Vietnamese people's lives and pictures of other countries. "The exhibition takes place during these great dates," Hoi said, referring to the upcoming holiday when the city celebrates the 35th year of its liberation and heads to the 1,000th anniversary of capital Ha Noi. "It's a great honour for me, to … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition to welcome anniversary of city’s liberation
VietNamNet Bridge – The famous Australian movie director carried a small Vietnamese drum on his neck and danced with HCM City’s artists at a party on October 25, which was held to welcome him as a guest lecturer of a training course for Vietnamese young directors.A look at Vietnam’s first int’l film festival Hong Kong movie star meets with Vietnamese audience First Int’l Film Festival opens in Hanoi The party took place at Lan Anh Village. The party host – Thanh Bach – sang a Vietnamese folk song named “Trong com” (Vietnamese cylindrical drum) and invited Noyce to dance with him. Vietnamese actress Do Hai Yen, who played a role in Noyce’s “The Quiet American”, and Noyce’s wife – Vuyo Diasi. Yen presents Noyce a DVD of “Lonely”, in which Yen played the leading role. PV … [Read more...] about Director Phillip Noyce welcomed to HCM City Hong Kong movie star meets with Vietnamese audience First Int’l Film Festival opens in Hanoi The party took place at Lan Anh Village. The party host – Thanh Bach – sang a Vietnamese folk song named “Trong com” (Vietnamese cylindrical drum) and invited Noyce to dance with him. Noyce plays the drum with interest. Noyce and his wife, a former South African model. He joins a short interview with a local television channel before the party. Vietnamese actress Do Hai Yen, who played a role in Noyce’s “The Quiet American”, and Noyce’s wife – Vuyo Diasi. Yen presents Noyce a DVD of “Lonely”, in which Yen played the leading role. Yen and Thanh Back talk with Noyce on the stage. Noyce signs a photo for Lan Anh Media, the co-organiser of the training course in HCM City. Thanh Bach helps Noyce to print his hand on a clay board. The party was participated by some Vietnamese actors and models. Supermodel Phuong Mai. Supermodel Phuong Mai and movie director Quang Hai. Actress Diem My and her husband.
Sumo BBQ brings some color to the city By Minh Nhat in HCMC Sumo BBQ, which has two popular eateries in Hanoi serving grilled foods and hotpots Japanese-style, has opened their first restaurant in HCMC. Located at 120bis Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 1, near the corner of Hai Ba Trung Street, the restaurant welcomes customers with cartoon images of sumo wrestlers and traditional images of Japan and decorated in red and black. The Sumo BBQ experience is regarded as a buffet but with a difference as you don’t have to walk around and choose your food but do so from comfort of your table with the waiter attending to your every need. The only condition is that you buy your VND250,000 buffet ticket when you enter the premises but from now until June 15 unlimited beer is free for all customers. There are 70 kinds of dishes available from sushi, sashimi or seafood to beef imported from the U.S. Once you make your choices the waiter will grill the food at your table while you talk … [Read more...] about Sumo BBQ brings some color to the city