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The fourth Traditional Craft Villages Festival 2011, themed “Vietnamese kitchen in Hue’s garden”, will be held from April 30 - May 3 to highlight the culinary and beverage culture, and bonsai.
 
International Tourism Bourse (ITB), one of the world’s largest travel trade shows, will be held in Berlin, Germany from March 9-13. During the event, there will be a seminar on protecting tourists, consumers and travel agencies, which will be organised for the first time by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
 
German restorers are using traditional Vietnamese methods to restore the facade of the Imperial Palace in Hue. Restoration work is currently being carried out on Buu Thanh Gate and screens around King Tu Duc's tomb.
 
The campaign to collect votes for Halong Bay to be recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in November this year is entering the final stages, said an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST).
 
VietNamNet Bridge - But for how long, visitors to the northern village of Cu Da are bound to ask. Most of the preparations being made to celebrate the 1, 000th anniversary of the capital city next year only emphasize its haphazard emergence as a modern hub.
Travel firms are planning to raise inbound tour fees since the fees of all other services have increased. However, they well understand that overly high tour fees will make it impossible to attract foreign travelers.
 
More Russian tourists are coming to Vietnam and using luxurious services. Some complained that they didn’t find places to spend money in Vietnam.
 
The central coast city of Danang organized the Gala Dinner 2011 with the theme “Sparking Han River” in HCMC on February 25 to promote tourism products to tour operators, especially the Danang International Fireworks Competition.
 
Vietnam’s three hotels have been named in the World Best Hotel Values’ list in the March 2011 issue of Travel and Leisure Magazine.
 
A ceremony to launch the “Return to the Roots” tourism programme 2011 was held in Nghia Lo, Yen Bai Province on February 26. This is a tourism cooperative programme between the northern provinces of Yen Bai, Phu Tho and Lao Cai.
 
Hoi An Ancient City in the central coastal province of Quang Nam, ranked second among the world’s top 10 leading tourism cities, according to a selection by readers of the UK’s Wanderlust.co.uk/magazine.
 
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has donated 40, 000 tourism maps of Hoi An’s ancient streets and its neighborhoods to the central town, according to UNESCO’s Representative Office in Hanoi.
 
Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta, in the center of North Vietnam. It is encompassed by Thai Nguyen Province to the north, Vinh Phuc and Ha Tay to the west and south, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces to the east and south-east.Hanoi means “the hinterland between the rivers” (Ha: river, Noi: interior).
HCMC, the country’s biggest tourism center, last Saturday announced the best travel firms, hotels, travel websites, shopping venues and tourism service providers in the city.
Vietnam’s land, people and famous tourism sites have been given wide coverage in the Nation, Puchatkarn and other major Thai newspapers.
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