HCM City hosts tourism festival
Thirty-six tourist companies and travel agencies will display their goods and products at a tourism festival in HCM City to be held on April 21-23.
The festival, to be held by HCM City Department for Tourism at Dam Sen Park, will promote domestic tourism. The event includes a food promotion programme, performances of amateur southern opera and folk games.
More luxury hotel rooms needed
HCM City is expected to have too few luxury hotel rooms available from May 22 to June 4 for some 800 delegates of the second Senior Officials’ Meeting being held to prepare for the APEC conference in Ha Noi in November 4.
According to HCM City Tourism Department Vice Director, Le Nhut Tan, the city has enough rooms in three-star hotels but lacks a sufficient number of four – and five-star hotels that are popular for business meetings.
Star Cruises resumes schedule
Star Cruises will return to Viet Nam next month after three years’ suspension of service due to SARS and the avian flu. Its Super Star Gemini cruise ship will bring 700 tourists, including many overseas Vietnamese, to HCM City on April 6.
Star Cruise will make 17 trips to Viet Nam this year, bringing some 700 tourists to HCM City, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, and Nha Trang each time.
A total of 12,000 international tourists are expected to visit Viet Nam from Star Cruises this year.
Resort planned for Mui Ne
A US$9.5 million resort will be built by the Suoi Nuoc Resort Co on Mui Ne Beach in Phan Thiet, said Nguyen Danh Khoi, director of the company.
The Aquaba Resort will be located on 2.2ha and will have two seven-floor towers with 60 apartments as well as 33 houses and six villas. Construction will start next month and be completed in late 2007.
Cruise tourists stay longer
An agreement on a new cruise tour of Viet Nam was signed by Saigontourist and the Florida-based RTC Global Inc earlier this week.
The director of Saigontourist Travel Service, Vo Anh Tai, said the agreement would allow his company to take international tourists to various spots in Viet Nam instead of to ports only.
RTC’s cruise ship will carry tourists along the coast of Viet Nam after they arrive by plane, while Saigontourist will make all other arrangements in Viet Nam. — VNS