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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.
 
LOT Polish Airlines has announced a special discount on flights to Europe to promote the opening of its directly route from Hanoi (Vietnam) to Warsaw (Poland) from November 15.
 
Representatives from six northern mountainous provinces gathered in Tuyen Quang Province on November 21 to discuss how to tap their potential in tourism.
 
A seminar promoting Vietnam’s tourism has attracted many representatives from Egyptian travel agencies and journalists.
 
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the southern province of Soc Trang to witness the annual ghe ngo (Khmer boat) race on November 21.
 
Guim Valls Teruel originally from Spain plans to travel through 75 countries on his electric bicycle to promote electric vehicles and clean energy.
 
Vietnam tourist authorities have decided to adopt a 10-year plan to try and attract rich tourists to its sparkling white beaches. More than 70% of tourist sites in Vietnam lay in coastal provinces – and 70% of tourists choose beach tours.
 
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 on November 19.
 
Popular golf website, Golf.com, has named Vietnam’s Danang Golf Club in its “Top 10 New International Courses” for 2010.
 
Efforts to preserve and secure UNESCO recognition for don ca tai tu, a form of music performed by amateur artists in the south, are gathering pace.
 
The US National Geographic online magazine listed Vietnam’s Halong Bay as 6th in world’s top ten sailing cruise.
 
The number of foreign visitors to Hanoi in 2010 is estimated at 1.2 million, up 18.42% against 2009, while the number of domestic tourists to the city is expected to increase by 15.22% to 10.6 million.
 
An international seminar on developing destination trademarks was held in Hanoi on December 16, attracting representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the World Tourism Organization.
 
A gala night to promote Vietnam’s tourism was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 20 as part of Vietnam’s campaign to develop this non-smoke industry in 2011.
 
National Tourism Year 2011 which highlights the southern central coastal region will kick off in Phu Yen Province on April 1. The organising board said at a press on January 25 that an artistic programme to celebrate the 400th founding anniversary of Phu Yen Province will also take place.
 
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