A view of Da Lat City, Central Highland Lam Dong Province. Foreign online travel agencies have been dominating the online tourism market in Viet Nam. — Photo bazantravel.com Foreign online travel agencies have been dominating the online tourism market in Viet Nam. According to the Viet Nam e-Commerce Association, online tourism was growing rapidly and might generate opportunities for the tourism industry to make breakthroughs. However, majority of the international tourists to Viet Nam used services provided by the foreign booking websites, and even local tourists tended to make their bookings through foreign platforms, rather than the local ones, the association noted. Vietnamese online travel agency gotadi.com said that the market share of room bookings made online had seen a significant rise recently, accounting for some 30 per cent to 40 per cent of the total tourists. The travel agency said that the online … [Read more...] about Foreign websites dominate Viet Nam’s online tourism market
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ROME — Nearly 50 photos of the land and people of Viet Nam taken by Italian photographer Maurizio Cofini are on display in an exhibition in Rome. In his second exhibition on Viet Nam, Cofini continues to depict life in the country from Ha Noi 's Old Quarter to Ha Long Bay and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. The 54-year-old professional photographer, who has won numerous major awards in Italy, depicts the normal lives of people across the country and sees Viet Nam as a peace-loving nation vigorously changing recovering from long-ago wars. He has visited Viet Nam five times over the past 15 years, with the most recent in September of last year. Children's Fair celebrates International Children's Day HCM CITY — A five-day Children's Fair with several entertainment events opened on Friday at the Children's Cultural House in HCM City. A wide variety of entertainment activities including games, plays and sales of books and comics at 10-30 discounts will be held during the event … [Read more...] about Italian photographer holds exhibit in Rome of Viet Nam photos
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about the quality of Viet Nam's online tourism marketing and advertising. Below are some of your responses: Ron Harris, American, Ha Noi Internet tourism advertising and information in Viet Nam has improved significantly in the years that I have lived and worked here. I don't use websites very much for travel, but depend more on advice from friends. The sites I have seen are visually attractive and becoming more sophisticated, but there are still some areas that could be improved. Next week: A recent boat accident that claimed the lives of 16 people has caused concern over the state of waterway safety. A birthday party was being celebrated on the twin deck Din Ky floating restaurant boat in southern Binh Duong when the accident occurred. Inspections were carried out shortly afterwards on other boats operating in the area and in just two days, HCM City Transport Department inspectors uncovered numerous cases of boats that were not equipped … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s online tourism marketing slowly improving
To many, Viet Nam is a peaceful and friendly destination, abundant in culinary delights, natural treasures and local smiles. But according to some, Viet Nam faces a crisis of image. A recent article by Dea Birkett on the Travel page of the Daily Mail (online) has sparked a debate about how visitor's perceive Viet Nam. In her article, Birkett wrote the country was haunted by "the scars of conflict," that "it's not easy to forget the war" and that "the American war is still evident" throughout the country. Since being published on Sunday, the story has received a predominantly negative reaction from readers, many arguing her preoccupation with war (unfairly) overshadowed her perception of Viet Nam. Do you agree with Birkett? What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions … [Read more...] about What was your mindset before and after visiting Viet Nam?
(TITC) - Implementing National Tourism Promotion Program 2013, from 6 to 10 March 2013, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) will participate in International Tourism Fair ITB 2013 organized at ITB International Exhibition Center (Berlin - Federal Republic of Germany). ITB Fair 2013 will have the participations of travel agencies, companies offering online ticket booking services, airlines, hotel groups, transportation companies…The fair includes main activities such as exhibitions, tourism seminars, meetings between businesses and international partners, press conferences, presentations on products, customer meetings. In 2012, the ITB fair attracted the participations of 187 countries and territories with 10,644 booths displayed at 26 great halls of ITB International Exhibition Center. Viet Nam tourism industry had 65 booths, of which 22 ones were held by VNAT. At the fair this year, VNAT will establish a joint booth with the area of 142m². More than 20 large … [Read more...] about Viet Nam participates in International Tourism Fair ITB 2013