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Authorities in the historic town of Hoi An have announced it will exempt tourists from entrance fees to the ancient quarter and Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), two popular tourist spots, on Thursday. Vo Phung, director of the Hoi An Culture and Sports Center told news website VnExpress the policy is made on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Vietnam Tourism Day (July 9, 1960-July 9, 2015). On Hoian tour, a ticket to the ancient quarter of Hoi An costs VND80,000

The first trial flight linking the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and Thailand ’s Bangkok is scheduled to take off on July 21, announced the Can Tho People’s Committee on July 6. The launching of the air route is the outcome of cooperation between Can Tho authorities, Vietravel, the Thai Administrative of Tourism, and the Thai Vietjet Air. The flights will take off every five days from Bangkok at 11:30 and land in Can Tho airport at 13:00, and depart from

Shrinking numbers of foreign tourists to Vietnam following violent anti-China protests in 2014 has pushed the government to take steps to boost the country’s sluggish tourism sector. HA LONG, Vietnam: Vietnam’s tourism sector has taken a hit since anti-China protests broke out in the country last year over Beijing’s deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi. Following the incident, international tourist arrival numbers have slumped for a full year straight. In the first half of 2015, Chinese arrivals

PHNOM PENH, 19 August 2015: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered an increase of 5.9% in June, according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department. The country attracted 318,267 trips compared to 300,454 during the same month last year. Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Monday, data showed Vietnam led the field with 86,556 visits up 10.1% from 78,597 during the same month in 2014. Other markets in the top five were: China (45,432; +32.2%); Laos (28,610; -15.0%); Thailand (21,955; +33.0%); and South Korea

Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro will go cap in hand to China and Vietnam at the weekend, with his oil-rich country mired in recession. Maduro, under pressure to alleviate crippling shortages of even the most basic everyday goods, announced the trip Friday at a rally outside the presidential palace in Caracas. Venezuela, hard-hit by plunging global oil revenues and reeling from soaring crime, needed heavyweight financial support in “difficult times,” he said. “Tomorrow I will go to Vietnam and China

The second Trilateral Meeting on the Southern Tourism Corridor among delegates from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office took place at Dara Sakor Resort, Koh Kong Province, in Cambodia.  The country delegations named their provinces that will participate in the project. Delegations from Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as from the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office gathered in Cambodia during the second Trilateral Meeting on the Southern Tourism Corridor discussing the tourism product of Southern Tourism Corridor, STC. The

Tourism officials from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar discussed solutions for luring tourists to their region and integrate their tourist industry as they met in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday. The five countries are members of a political, economic, and cultural bloc known as ACMECS and have agreed to turn the region into an attractive destination for global vacationers under a campaign called “Five Countries, One Destination.” The tourism officials suggested during the meeting that more policies be issued to

Vietnam has announced that it is planning a major change to its tourist visa policy, for a Holiday to Vietnam a move meant to woo travelers from the U.S. The Southeast Asian nation has said that it plans to increase the amount of time that tourist visas are valid for American visitors. Currently, travelers from the U.S. can get a visa for either one or three months (with options for single and multiple entries). The new visas would allow these tourists to stay

The Singapore-based real estate firm officially opens the SC VivoCity mall in Ho Chi Minh City.   SINGAPORE: Singapore-based real estate firm Mapletree has expanded into Vietnam’s retail property sector, with the official opening of its first shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday (Sep 20). SC VivoCity, jointly developed by Mapletree and Saigon Co Op Investment Development Joint Stock Company (SCID), has a gross floor area of 62,000 square meters. Retailers have taken up 84 percent of the net lettable

Pleiku Airport in Gia Lai Province was reopened on September 10 after being closed for nearly six months for an upgrade project, following the transport ministry’s request. The two-phase VND945 billion (US$41.19 million) upgrade project in the Central Highlands province was launched last September. The first phase was carried out even as the airport remained operational. In its second phase, the airport was closed for nearly six months for construction work on its runway. The runway was widened from 36m to 45m