E-bike brands forge new road trend, photo: Duc Thanh Mother of two in Hanoi, Nguyen Huong Lan, is excited by VinFast’s first electric motorbike. “If you’re a fan of eco-friendly transportation, then these roadworthy electric motorcycles are for you. I believe the electric motorbike will be widely used,” she said. Her reasons for the praise include the “easy buy, easy ride” theme, and lack of fuel smell and fewer emissions. Lan is not the only one enthused about the electric motorbike. It is predicted that the electric scooter and motorcycle market globally will hit 60 million unit shipments by 2024 – the equivalent of $55 billion, according to market insights. It is safe to say that there is a lot of room for manufacturers to set their foot in the electric vehicle manufacturing industry in Vietnam. NEW PLAYER Doan Linh, CEO of manufacturer Pega, said that Vietnam has been slower than other countries in terms of electric vehicle development, … [Read more...] about E bike brands forge new road trend
Wellness travel trends
Short trips are soaring, investment flows into condotels shift According to the Visa Global Travel Intentions (GTI) survey, Vietnamese tourists make the shortest trips in the world. This is also borne out by Intage Vietnam’s survey (of 400 people in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi) which found that nearly 50 per cent opt for short trips during weekends and special occasions. These surveys suggest that short trips and self-discovery drives are becoming increasingly popular. Therefore, resorts situated close to major cities with convenient transportation are likely to be the most popular. To be attractive, a resort must not only have beautiful landscaping and outstanding design, but also offer convenient transportation options. To meet this new demand, investors are scouring for new locations near major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In the event, Ho Tram (Ba Ria-Vung Tau) is emerging as an ideal choice. This is a necessary shift if one looks around at other tourism real estate … [Read more...] about Ho Tram condotel to benefit from new travel trends
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
Vietnamese people are expected to take more trips abroad and increase their spending while overseas thanks to smooth economic expansion, according to a new study by global payments firm Visa. The Visa Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Study, which analyzed international travel trends and the behavior of more than 15,000 global travelers from more than 27 countries and territories, shows that Vietnamese travelers are expected to take on average nearly five trips abroad in the next two years, up from 3.5 trips in the last two years. Vietnamese travelers are also expected to spend more on their trips overseas. Each traveler is expected to spend an average of $1,100 per trip, up from $880. Up to 74 percent of travelers use credit or debit cards while booking their trips, but the majority prefer to carry foreign currency when they arrive at their destinations, according to Visa. The average time spent overseas by Vietnamese travelers was four nights per trip over the past two years, much … [Read more...] about Vietnamese thirst for overseas travel grows in tandem with expanding economy: Visa
Earlier on January 7, the five-star cruise ship Costa Victoria of Costa Crociere S.p.A also docked at Hiep Phuoc Port in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), taking tourists on a four-day trans-Viet Nam trip through HCMC, Da Nang and Ha Long. The 2,400 tourists and crewmembers of the world standard cruise ship mainly come from Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. According to Saigontourist, after this year’s first journey to Viet Nam, Costa Victoria will return four more times and dock at ports in Ha Long and Da Nang. Besides Costa Crociere S.p.A, Saigontourist Travel will continue to welcome luxury ships of Star Cruises company to Viet Nam under the new cooperation program from November 2012 to April 2013, with a total of 90 visits, expected to bring more than 130,000 passengers and crewmembers. These cruise ships are excellent examples of lavish travel, a growing part of the tourism sector in recent years in Viet Nam, but just a portion of the millions of international tourists coming to … [Read more...] about Luxury travel taking shape in Viet Nam