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According to Nguyen Duc Chi, Deputy Head of the Travel Division under the HCM City Department for Culture, Sports, and Tourism, 1, 684 international tour guides in the city have practicing cards. However, some 3, 000 people are working as tour guides.
The Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province.
 
Viet Nam is in short supply of tour guides with diverse language skills, but a working group set up by the Prime Minister says that regulations setting stiff professional requirements for guides are exacerbating the shortage.
A tour guide takes tourists through Thien Cung Cave in Ha Long Bay. Strict regulations require tour guides in Viet Nam to have university degrees. (Photo: VNS)
 
The first two special edition dragons to mark the millennium of Thang Long-Hanoi had their HCMC launch on August 6 at the Park Royal Hotel in Tan Binh District.
 
The annual International Travel Expo scheduled for September 30 to October 2 in HCMC’s District 7 will highlight river tourism and health tourism in the city as well as the world heritage sites in the country, the organizer said.
 
A photo exhibition on Ha Long Bay opened in New York on Aug. 11 as part of campaign to vote for Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay as world natural wonder.
 
China wants to boost cooperation in tourism with Vietnam, Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration Shao Qiwei told Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.
 
An exhibition depicting the close link between the ancient capital of Thang Long and Ha Long Bay over the past 1, 000 years of history opened on August 12 in Tuan Chau international resort in the coastal city of Ha Long, Quang Ninh province.
 
One hundred outstanding Vietnamese and German students visited the Bai Dinh pagoda, which is considered the biggest one in Southeast Asia, in the northern province of Ninh Binh on August 14.
 
For the millennium that it’s been the capital city of Viet Nam, Ha Noi has been under the protection of four tutelary gods, worshipped in four temples located in the four corners of the city. Tens of thousands of tourists and travellers visit these sites every year, according to figures from the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism.
 
Tourism leaders of Vietnam and China signed an agreement in Hanoi on August 9 to tighten cooperation in a large swath of areas from training and joint marketing to development of new tourism products, an official said.
 
Hundreds of artisans from the Coi Xua Handicraft and Export Co in Van Lam craft village in the northern province of Ninh Binh have gathered to make an enormous embroidery entitled Coi Xua (Old Origins) to celebrate the Hanoi's 1, 000th anniversary and express their love for the capital city.
 
A history of the Ha Noi Old Quarter is reflected in documentary photos and installation art works on display at an exhibition at the Viet Art Centre, 42 Yet Kieu, Ha Noi. In the exhibition, Reminders of Old Streets, young artists like Nguyen Huy An, Le Tran Hau Anh, Nguyen Quoc Thanh and Tran Hau Yen The tell stories of loss and change to the capital's cultural heritage.
 
The grand ceremony of the 1, 000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi will take place in the next more than 50 days. Hanoi’s preparations for the event were discussed at a meeting on August 10, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, head of the National Steering Committee for the 1, 000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
 
HCM City has an interconnecting system of rivers and canals that go through the city and connect HCM City with provinces in the southern region. However, water tourism in the city has not yet developed.
 
The Vietnamese-American Hotel and Resort (VAHR) Ltd. signed three management agreements yesterday, August 24, with a major hotel operator for the The Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott and Outrigger hotels, all US-headquartered.
 
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