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Vietnam Foreign arrivals up in March

The number of foreign tourists to arrive in Viet Nam in March reached 473,000, lifting the total arrivals in the first quarter to 1.35 million, up 36.2 percent over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

The number of visitors from Cambodia was reported to be the highest increase of 147.2 percent, followed by mainland China with a surge of 115 percent. Visitors from Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia also rose sharply between 22 percent and 37 percent.

Foreign tourists from Japan, France and Malaysia also rose significantly between 12 and 15 percent.

The ministry’s statistics showed that most foreign tourists arrived by air or road.

The ministry attributed the increase to the recovery of the world’s economy, especially in Asian countries, which are traditional markets to Viet Nam’s tourism industry. Read the full story

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Environmental police learn how to stop wildlife trade

Thirty environmental police officers from 28 south and central provinces are taking part in a three-day training workshop opened on April 14 by the international wildlife trading monitoring network, TRAFFIC.

Co-organised by TRAFFIC Southeast Asia-Greater Mekong Programme, the Central Environmental Police, and Forest Protection Department, the workshop provides officers an overview of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and updates them on the trade going on in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

The trainees will also be instructed on national laws to implement CITES and taken on a half-day visit to a tiger farm for a discussion on the threat of wild species being traded through captive-breeding operations. Read the full story

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Vietnam: Ninh Binh’s Pagoda enters record books

Ninh Binh’s record-breaking pagoda, Bai Dinh Spiritual Centre in Gia Sinh Commune, Gia Vien district, is drawing crowds of visitors, curious to see the magnanimous construction with their own eyes.

The original pagoda was built by a Zen Buddhist priest Nguyen Minh Khong (1066-1141) in the 11th century, the Vietnam news agency reported Friday.

The new building covers an areas of 700 hectares, making it the largest pagoda in Vietnam, and the complex is slated for completion in 2010, in time to celebrate 1,000 years since King Ly Thai To moved the country’s capital from Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh to Hanoi (then Thang Long).

VNA reported that there’s more record-breaking architecture. The pagoda’s magnificent three-door gate is the biggest of this kind in Vietnam, built with 550 tonnes of iron wood. Four 13,8m-high pillars tower over the entrance, flanked by two 5.5m-high solid bronze guard statues, weighing 12 tonnes each. Read the full story

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Swiss firm targets tourism project in Phu Yen

Tradco Global Engineering and Construction S.A (TGEC) of Switzerland has asked for central Phu Yen province’s permission to invest in a tourism project in Tuy An district.

The provincial Planning and Investment Department said the group wants to build a golf course and a resort at a minimum capital of 1.5 billion US dollars.

If the procedure is in schedule, the Swiss firm will begin its first phase of the project in the fourth quarter of 2009 and complete the project in 2015.

The provincial Planning and Investment Department’s representative informed that the project is within the designated area for a Special Economic Zone, which was agreed by Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates in October 2008.

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Vietnam’s Top 2008 cultural events named

Cultural exchanges throughout the year topped the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s annual list of top events of the year, published by the ministry on Dec. 24.

The first Culture Day of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups, held last April 19, took second place on the list, followed by Nha Trangs hosting of the Miss Universe pageant last July, Festival Hue in June, Festival Tay Son-Binh Dinh in August, the first international firecracker festival in Da Nang city in March, the Ban Me Thuot Coffee Festival earlier this month, the United Day of Vesak Celebration 2008 in May, and the 700th anniversary of the death of King Tran Nhan Tong.

The ministry also noted outstanding achievements in cinema and photography, noting that the film, ‘When The Tenth Month Comes’, was selected as one of the 18 best Asian films of all time by CNN.

The black-and-white photograph collection, Traditional Culture Identities of Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Ethnic Groups also won the FIAP World Cup in Slovakia in August, the ministry said. Read the full story

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Travel Advisory : Bird flu outbreak occurs in central Vietnam

A bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in Nghe An, a central province of Vietnam, the local newspaper Liberty Saigon reported on Wednesday, citing a statement from the provincial People’s Committee.

The outbreak was spotted at the Dien Hong commune, causing the death of nearly 1,000 poultry. Specimens from the dead poultry have recently been tested positive to the bird flu virus strain H5N1, according to the statement.

The local authority has established a zone covering the outbreak to prevent the virus from spreading. Consumption and sale of birds and bird-related products within the zone are banned.

Bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam, starting in December 2003, have killed and led to the forced culling of dozens of millions of fowls in the country.

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Vietnam travel industry booms despite tough times

Local travelers are still packing their suitcases during the year-end tourist season despite difficult economic times, according to industry insiders.

Tour companies reported that the number of tourists booked for foreign tours has increased significantly.

Saigontourist said that up to on August 19, the number of tourists planning, to travel on National Day (September 2), had risen 14 percent over the same period last year.

Vietravel also reported a surge of 20 percent, while Fiditour’s figure showed a 22 percent rise, with roughly 3,000 travelers. Read the full story

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