Tourism eyes foreign shoppers
Retail sales were one of the most important benefits of tourism and essential to boost co-ordination between State bodies in order to design more professional sales promotion strategies to lure visitors, experts said at a seminar in Ha Noi yesterday, Nov 19.

Target for Japanese tourists in doubt
Travel firms have cast doubt over the Vietnamese tourism authority’s target of attracting one million Japanese visitors a year by 2015, saying it is unobtainable given the current services, product quality and marketing.

Con Dao selected as an impressive regional destination
The island of Con Dao, a very historical Vietnamese place with an infamous prison from a previous regime, has just been selected by the New York Times magazine as one of the most impressive tourist destinations in South East Asia.

Russian Cultural Days launched in Da Nang
An unique art performance was held in the central city of Da Nang on November 18 as part of the ongoing “Russian Cultural Days in Vietnam” festival.

Vietnam joins worldwide cultural network
Vietnam has become one of the links in the worldwide network of the European Union of National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) following the establishment of EUNIC Vietnam in Hanoi on November 18.

3,000-year-old lithophone unearthed in southern province
A set of stone musical instrument dating from 3,000 years ago has been handed over to the museum of the southern province of Binh Thuan.

Vietnam to host Asian Beach Games in 2016
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has chosen Nha Trang (Vietnam) to host the 5th Asian Beach Games in 2016.

LOT Polish Airlines launches Ha Noi to Warsaw direct flights
LOT Polish Airlines inaugurated its direct service from Warsaw to Ha Noi last Sunday, making the capital of Viet Nam the only destination of the carrier in Southeast Asia.

Tourism authority to organise major events to attract visitors
"Exotic Beaches and Islands" will be the theme of National Tourism Year 2011, according to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Visitors to former prison camp bask in Con Dao's rare beauty
Lauded by The New York Times as "one of Southeast Asia's most untouched and breathtaking getaways", Viet Nam's Con Dao archipelago has begun to welcome a growing number of tourists who wish to experience its pristine natural landscape.

Quang Binh’s bird island
About 70 kilometers from Quang Binh Province’s Dong Hoi City, there is a deserted island called Chim (Bird) or Gio (Wind) Island that is home to many sea birds.

$2 bil casino to be built in border province
The Lang Son International Joint stock Company Wednesday announced plans to build a 186-hectare casino “city” in Lang Son City in the northern mountains.

Vietnam Airlines expands cooperation with Moscow’s airport
Vietnam Airlines (VA) and the Domodedovo international airport in Moscow on Nov.

Our man in Mui Ne
Resident Mui Ne writer Adam Bray takes AsiaLIFE beyond the tourist basics and offers a view of ancient and modern Mui Ne in threes.

French photojournalist shows two decades of Hanoi
French photo-journalist Nicolas Cornet is holding a retrospective exhibition of photographs at L’Espace – French Cultural Center in Hanoi from November 23 until December 10.

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