Which tourism products for HCMC?By Dao Loan The municipal authorities should also study the market from a large database to identify groups of tourists whose preference and travel behavior can be met by local tourism products - PHOTO: DAO LOAN HCMC needs new tourism products based on its inherent advantages to meet market demand. Two months ago, Hoang Thi Phong Thu, a businesswoman who provides services for Russian tourists, spent several days surveying orchid gardens in Cu Chi (HCMC) in search of new attractions. After many years bringing Russian tourists to HCMC, her tour programs have become familiar, forcing Thu to look for something new for her clients. However, the new destinations and services promoted by the city’s tourism authorities are not enough for this tour operator to include in her itineraries. Therefore, she has to find some on her own. “Russian tourists are not interested in the jewelry quarter or the oriental medicine quarter [two among the new … [Read more...] about Which tourism products for HCMC?
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Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82. Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation this month, according to NASA. His family didn't say where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after becoming the first person to set foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said. (Armstrong insisted … [Read more...] about Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82
If Linton Borthwick gets his wish, on your next visit to Viet Nam, you'll be unlocking your room door via mobile phone, signing an iPad for dinner, and expending but a single sheet of paper for an entire week's stay. In June of 2011, the Caravelle Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City joined a handful of leading hotels worldwide that have converted from magnetized room keys to advanced RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. The new keys only need to be in the proximity of the door to unlock it. Making service more convenient, efficient and personal is an overplayed mantra in the hospitality industry. Yet a surprising trend is emerging in far-flung Viet Nam, where iconic heritage properties are striding to the front of the lineup by offering guests the most innovative high-tech gadgets and software on the market. The 52-year-old Caravelle Hotel, best known for its role as a journalist haven during the Viet Nam War, followed its room key upgrade by installing GPS tracking … [Read more...] about Viet Nam hotels turn to technology to enhance guest experience
Michael Gebicki picks up tips on rice noodles and real estate on an insider's tour of Hanoi street food. Snake is not on the menu, Daniel Hoyer tells me. It's regarded as one of the delicacies of northern Vietnam, so this news is a relief. He's about to take me on a half-day street-food tour of Hanoi, during which we'll eat things even the French don't. At 9.30am we arrive at our first stop, Banh Cuon, a small, open-fronted restaurant next to a shopping mall in what was once Hanoi's French quarter. It's packed but the patrons obligingly shuffle up and we squeeze in at a communal table, on knee-high lacquered stools. Advertisement: Story continues below Hoyer has a quick-fire conversation in Vietnamese with the waiter and five minutes later we're served steaming bowls of fat rice noodles to share, some wrapped around mushrooms to make a sausage. We each get a bowl of fish sauce, to which we add a squeeze of lime, chilli, browned shallots, shredded pork and garlic in rice vinegar. Dip in … [Read more...] about Pho on the footpath
Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) has been nominated in ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ category at the 2014 World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards (www.worldtravelawards.com) serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Hailed as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the awards seek to raise the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry. Now In their 21st year of operation, the World Travel Awards have evolved to represent a global search for the very best travel and tourism brands. After a rigorous selection procedure, Luxury Travel emerged with a nomination for ‘Vietnam’s Leading Tour Operator’ for the first time, confirming its position as a leader within the Vietnam tourism industry. As a company, Luxury Travel has contributed significantly to the benchmarking of … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator nominated for the “Oscars” of the travel industry