Vietnamese diplomats popularize culture in Japan
The Vietnamese embassy in Tokyo and Japan’s NHK Broadcasting Corporation hosted an exchange to introduce Vietnam and its people to over 150 guests on June 24.

Vietnam tourism plan includes tours to East Sea archipelagoes
Vietnam will include tours to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagoes in a sea tourism development project to be conducted from now until 2020, officials said at a conference Thursday.

Central Highlands’s biggest communal house inaugurated
A jubilant ceremony was held on June 19 to inaugurate a Rong house in Kon Klor village in Kon Tum city, one of the biggest traditional communal houses of ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands.

Another Vietnamese bay becomes tourist attraction
Sanest Tourist, a travel agency based in Nha Trang, began offering sea tours to the country’s latest “national level landscape,” Xuan Dai Bay in Tuy Hoa, last Sunday.

Vietnam Airlines to begin direct flights to UK
Vietnam Airlines on June 20 announced that it would officially open a direct flight route from Vietnam to the United Kingdom (UK) on December 8.

VASCO launches new helicopter service
The Vietnam Air Service Company (Vasco) has launched a new helicopter service between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the coastal City of Phan Thiet.

Thinking along Thu River
Apart from being admired for natural beauty, rivers are always associated with the history of economic development and cultural features in the regions where they flow through.

Vietnam elected to UNESCO culture diversity committee
Vietnam has been elected as a member of the inter-governmental committee of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions of the UNESCO.

HCM City to have travel police
HCM City authorities have instructed its police agency to consider establishing a travel police bureau to protect tourists.

Binh Duong: Di An to receive Certificate for the Cultural and Historical relic at a provincial level
Recently, Binh Duong Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism associated with Di An town to organize the certificate ceremony recognizing the historical and cultural relic site at a provincial level for a communal house.

Hospitality industry brings VND23 trillion to city
Tourism revenue in HCMC in the first half of this year is estimated at VND23 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 24%, the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said.

SGE puts its luxury yacht into operation
The Seagull Express Joint Stock Company (SGE) plans to put its new pleasure-boat, named Duong Dong Express, worth USD 2.5 million into operation on the route HCMC-Vung Tau City at the end of this month.

Vietnam plans more festivals abroad to spur inbound travel
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is planning to hold more cultural and tourism festivals in foreign countries like South Korea, Japan, Russia and Norway this year to promote inbound travel.

Bangkok opens up for transit travelers
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Mastercard launched the Stopover Bangkok Project at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2011 on June 8, 2011 in an effort to encourage potentially thousands of transit passengers to enjoy a stopover break for a night or two in Bangkok.

400 artisans attend Gong Festival in Gia Lai
More than 400 artisans from the J’rai and Bahnar ethnic minorities gathered at a gong festival in Kbang district in the central highland province of Gia Lai on June 13-14.

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