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A series of events for National Tourism Year 2011 will take place in the southern central coastal provinces, announced the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
 
The Vietnam Culture Week 2010 will be held in Germany and Belgium in August and September respectively, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
 
Old Hanoi, at 4 Ton That Thiep Street, was the setting for a challenge to British TV Chef Gordon Ramsay to cook and serve famous Vietnamese dishes. The competition will be featured in Ramsay’s next TV series entitled “Gordon’s Great Escape, ” due to hit TV screens in early 2011.
 
Tramcars have been operating for a week now, serving visitors who want to tour the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. The fare is reasonable, 15, 000 dong for a 30-minute tour.
 
Mekong Aviation is completing hectic preparations for its first commercial flight, slated for October 2010, while Jetstar Pacific is trying to expand its market share.
 
Southern Airports Corporation, airlines, travel firms and representatives from provincial authorities gathered on July 27 to discuss how to get more traffic to three newly-opened international airports.
Jungle safari: Visitors take boat ride along a coconut tree-lined canal.
 
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has invited tourism agencies, hoteliers and travel firms to join a marketing program in Germany, Belgium and France later this month.
 
The domestic tourism industry plans to focus on attracting holidaymakers from traditional markets in the world to meet its target of drawing 4.5 million foreign visitors to the country this year.
 
Lam Dong Province will send its representatives to Laos on a mission to look for the opportunity to establish air connections between Lien Khuong Airport in this Central Highlands province and well-known destinations in the region.
The Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province.
 
Passengers now regularly have to queue up in the air while waiting for landing. The aviation management agency and airline carriers now worry about a shortage of available parking spaces for aircraft, as hundreds of planes will be arriving in Vietnam so airlines can upgrade their fleets.
 
More than 1, 300 tour guides in HCMC have put their names down at the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to change their practicing cards for new professional ones, a tourism official said.
A local tour guide (C) accompanies international tourists in HCM City. (Photo: SGT)
 
Hotels in Khanh Hoa Province, home of the world-renowned Nha Trang Bay, are offering discounts of up to 50 percent to attract tourists.
 
One of the nation’s largest rainforests in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh has become a hot destination for adventure and nature lovers, complete with wildlife treks and homestays in the communes of Thai and Muong ethnic groups.
Pedal pushers: Foreign tourists bike along a path through Cuc Phuong National Park. (Photos: VNS)
 
Southern Airports Corporation, airlines, travel firms and representatives from provincial authorities gathered on July 27 to discuss how to get more traffic to three newly-opened international airports.
 
Hoi An is well known for its culinary delights, so visitors are recommended to work up an appetite before hitting the streets.
The Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province.
 
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